12:25 22 March 2013
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is to announce on Friday, 22nd March, that there is to be a tougher approach to immigration. He is expected to talk of plans that relate to having a new visa regime.
The new scheme would be similar to the Australian set-up. People visiting the country would have to leave a sum of money - to be later collected on their departure - if they are deemed as being from “high risk” countries.
The sum of money, being seen as a “security bond”, would reportedly be at least £1,000. It is hoped by some this would stop visitors from staying longer than their visa permits.
If the plans are to go ahead, a test could be carried out by the Home Office by the end of 2013, according to some media reports.
It is not known which countries will appear on the list as of time of press. Although the outcome could be seen by critics as being controversial, depending which countries are and are not on the list.
The Independent has referred to a document ahead of Mr. Clegg’s announcement in their report, where they quote that the Deputy PM is expected to say: “The challenge isn’t just stopping people coming into Britain illegally, it’s about dealing with individuals who come over legitimately but then become illegal once they’re already here.”
Adding: “The bonds would need to be well-targeted – so that they don’t unfairly discriminate against particular groups. The amounts would need to be proportionate – we mustn’t penalise legitimate visa applicants who will struggle to get hold of the money.”
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