June 24, 2013 (LBO) – A pilot scheme to charge a 3,000 sterling immigration bond from visitors in five countries including Sri Lanka will only apply to the “highest risk applicants”, the British High Commission in Colombo said. The pilot will be evaluated to make it permanent, the statement said.
Children under 18-year will be exempt.
“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,” UK’s Home Secretary Theresa May said in a statement.
“We’re planning a pilot that focuses on overstayers 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.”