So, the plan of introducing a UK £3,000 visa bond is under review, clarified Dr. Andrew Pocock, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria.
Review of UK visa bond policy—The plan to initiate a scheme of UK £3,000 visa bond is not likely to materialize. That’s because the scheme is being reviewed by the UK government. And this is certainly news to cheer about for nations categorized as ‘high risk’ by the UK government for the purposes of its proposed UK visa bond scheme. It may be worth mentioned nations including Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were stated to be in the list of ‘high risk’ nations.
And as such, nationals from these nations wanting to get a UK visitor visa were being considered to have a security bond of £3,000 for coming to the UK for six months duration.
Proposal not any UK visa change—Giving details about the review of the current proposal, Dr. Pocock said its only a proposal as such and not any change in the UK visa policy. It may be worth mentioned that in June last year, the UK government had announced that all the applicants for UK visitor visas will be required to have a £3,000 cash bond in lieu of getting UK visitor visas.
No wonder, the proposal had invited criticism from far and wide. The nations likely to affected by this proposal had expressed their condemnation of such proposal by the UK government. Dr. Pocock, while speaking about the proposal(being reviewed), said it is, in no way, a change in the UK visa policy.
Moreover, it is not yet decided yet. And even it any decision with regard to its introduction is taken by the UK government, it will be applicable only to a small percentage of the total applicants from the six nations included in the list of ‘high risk’ nations for UK visitor visas, he affirmed.
So, the impact is, undoubtedly, going to be minimum on UK visitor visa applicants, he maintained.
And the UK government will be giving updates from time to time with regard to any developments in the proposed UK visitor visa policy, he said. It may be noted that the more than fifty percent of the total UK visa applicants were from these six nations last year.