GROUNDED: Travellers from Africa and other continents may have to pay a costly deposit to visit the UK
PEOPLE FROM Nigeria and Ghana will be forced to pay a £3,000 deposit to visit the UK, if a government pilot scheme is approved.
The plan, announced by Home Secretary Theresa May over the weekend, is part of wider Conservative efforts to bring down migration by the next election.
The Home Secretary said the trial period will begin in November and aims to deter people from overstaying once their visitor visa has expired.
Initially, the scheme will cover countries in Africa and Asia.
People from Nigeria, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will get their deposit money back once they leave the UK, but will automatically forfeit the £3,000 if they fail to return home after their visas run out.
Reports suggest these countries have been targeted because the UK receives a high volume of visitor visa applications, and there are higher than average levels of people overstaying.
Critics have warned that the move could backfire, with other governments retaliating and asking British visitors to pay bonds before they are allowed into their countries
This is not the first time controversial immigration bonds have been considered by ministers, but such measures have never been successfully introduced.