ISLAMABAD -

Keeping in view the visa violations, illegal immigrants and overstay of visitors in the United Kingdom (UK), the UK Home Office is planning to run a pilot project from November this year which will require financial bond of 3,000 pounds from selected visitors.

The purpose of this pilot is to test the effectiveness of bonds as a deterrent against visa abuse and overstaying. The level of the bond will be set at £3,000 per adult, while children under 18 years of age will be exempted. The bond payment will be returned to the visitor if the visitor returns home before expiry of his/her visa, said a press statement issued by the UK High Commission on Monday.

To bring the scheme into force, the home secretary will lay a commencement order before parliament to activate the power in the Immigration and Nationality Act 1999 to require a bond from visitors and make changes to the Immigration Rules to establish the pilot schemes.

According to details, the Home Secretary Theresa May said: “This is the next step in making sure our immigration system is more selective, bringing down net migration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands while still welcoming the brightest and the best to Britain the release said.

“In the long run we’re interested in a system of bonds that deters overstaying and recovers costs if a foreign national has used our public services. “We’re planning a pilot that focuses on over-stayers and examines a couple of different ways of applying bonds. The pilot will apply to visitor visas, but if the scheme is successful we’d like to be able to apply it on an intelligence-led basis on any visa route and any country.”

This pilot scheme will operate in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nigeria and Ghana. The pilot will be highly selective and focused on the highest risk applicants as every individual applying for visa will not required to pay a bond.  The number of bonds issued during the pilot will be limited. This pilot will run for twelve months starting in November 2013 and ending in November 2014.

After following the careful evaluation, the Home Secretary will then decide whether to establish a permanent scheme.