Britain imposes 3,000-pound (N750,000) refundable bond for visas for Nigerians and others

I wrote an article some time ago about the speculation that the British immigration may seek to collect some sort of entrance fees from immigrants and tourists from some countries they described as "high-risk" amongst which is the most populous black nation; our own Nigeria.

Well, that speculation have become a reality as the British Home Office announced on Monday that it would henceforth demand a 3,000-pound (N750,000) refundable bond for visas for “high-risk” visitors from six former colonies in Africa and Asia.  "The visa bond 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 Home office's statement said. "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,’’

The move have sparked widespread criticism and condemnations from across the globe.The Home Office’s hope that the bond system “deters overstaying of visas and recovers costs of foreign nationals using public services like hospitals and schools,’’ is understood in the context of the fact that immigration was a key issue in Cameron’s election campaign for his Conservative Party, and he has even has pledged to cut net immigration from 252,000 a year in 2010 to 100,000 a year by 2015.