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Your Holiday to “Jand” might Cost You an Extra £3,000! UK proposes Cash Bond before Entry for Nigerians & other “High Risk” Nationals

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Heathrow queuesEveryone is talking about the United Kingdom’s proposed pilot scheme which will “penalize” citizens of “high risk nations” including Nigeria by charging a refundable £3,000 bond prior to entry into their country.

The Sunday Times broke the news yesterday, “Visitors from India, Pakistan, Nigeria and other “high risk” countries in Asia and Africa will be forced to pay a £3,000 cash bond before they can enter Britain.

From November, a pilot scheme will target visitors from seven countries who will have to pay the government a form of cash guarantee or deposit to deter immigration abuse. They will forfeit the £3,000 if they overstay in Britain and fail to return to their home countries by the time their visa has expired.

According to initial reports, visitors to the UK who access public funds such as healthcare benefits will also forfeit the £3,000 bond.

The UK Daily Mail reports that “the scheme will be piloted from November, for people from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Ghana. They are being targeted because of the high volume of visitor visa applications and relatively high levels of abuse.” Home Secretary Theresa May has pointed out that “the intention was to make the immigration system more ‘selective’ and deter people from ‘overstaying’ once their visitor visa has expired. In the long-term, she hopes to extend the Australian-style bond scheme to also include foreign workers and students.

The move has been met with online protest by citizens of the affected nations who have called for their respective nations to retaliate with similar fees and bonds for UK citizens. Others have applauded the move as a valiant attempt to block foreign nationals from exploiting the UK immigration and benefits system. The plan has not been fully approved and it remains to be seen if the scheme will come to fruition in November.

What are your thoughts?

22 Comments

  1. labelle

    June 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

    This won’t stop illegal immigrants. They’ll just add it to their cost. Shikena.

    • Tiki

      June 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

      looool. True that though. What is £3000 to someone who is prepared to reach UK by hook or by crook?

  2. COOL

    June 24, 2013 at 9:06 am

    REALLY!!!!

  3. jinkelele

    June 24, 2013 at 9:09 am

    a 3000 pound bond will not work? it will especially for those who think they can emigrate. besides you cant survive in the uk without papers, businesses cant employ you either for the risk of being fined. but i wonder if they considered the rush of applications prior to that time and exchange rates etc.

  4. Tolu

    June 24, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Well, no need to get all upset really. I think all the Nigeria govt. needs to do is retaliate with similar fees…Hope they have fun trying to get their money refunded from the Nigerian authorities….

    I can totally understand why Nigerians and the other nations dey vex. I don’t agree with this scheme. But let’s be honest, the UK is not a big country and their system is being seriously abused. To single out these ‘high risk’ countries though is an insult. Just the way their own citizens alone abuse the system is disgusting.

    Those same ‘high risk’ countries are the ones with the largest percentage of Immigrants who are contributing the most to the growth of the country. So basically what Theresa May is saying is that, those Immigrants they can tax 40% can stay, but anyone else is not welcome!

    • Michael Agba

      June 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Good point. The Nigerian government should increase fares charged to UK citizens visiting Nigeria.

  5. Abana

    June 24, 2013 at 9:32 am

    The Nigerian Government should charge British expatriates coming to work in Nigeria. And they shouldn’t be allowed to stay more than a year or two. And they should spend the year or two training the Nigerians who would take over from them. Yeah, it won’t done. Because the Nigerian Government doesn’t care.

    • Abie

      June 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

      This whole train the natives so they can take over from the Expatriates song you guys keep singing is getting old. Stop blaming the foreigner for our own faults. You guys aren’t the only ones who would prefer to use the locals instead of sending Expats. Do you know how much Expats costs these companies? It would be cheaper for them to give Locals a chance. But what choice do they have when they cannot find the required skills in the country. Even in certain cases when they do find the Skills there is one coma r d other. ‘Oh dat person studied abroad so don’t give him d job’! ‘Ah, it’s not fair she no grown up for Naija so she isn’t really a local’!

      I think this topic would actually be great to discuss on Bellanaija. Let’s find out why Nigerians back home don’t want fellow Nigerians who studied abroad to take certain jobs when they return.

      We are the ones blocking our own progress.

    • Nonye

      June 24, 2013 at 10:14 am

      my God dear, you took the words right out of my mouth…

    • RA

      June 24, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Not only will the Nigerian government not care…but that is also a very silly idea! “train Nigerians who would take over from them” really??? why wait for an expatriate to struggle to make it in Nigeria.. only to kick them out of their own country ( which it is as many British Nigerian expatriates actually own NIGERIAN passports which makes them just as Nigerian as those actually living in Nigeria) and then go and train Nigerians who should be getting those positions in the first place!! and also do you know how much money that would cost… especially for a government that is only willing to use Nigerians’ money for their own greedy use? The opportunities in the UK are Cleary higher than those in Nigeria….so if the government were to implement this..it would further reflect their carelessness and it would just not make sense!!

  6. pynk

    June 24, 2013 at 9:38 am

    they have a right to dictate what basis people enter their country. If Nigerians are so aggrieved, develop the damn country so people can actually want to come here too.

  7. Zero

    June 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Nonsense…they have no idea how all these designs are leading to the future forecast that they will no longer be part of the top ten mega cities/economies in the next 5 years..loool..Lagos will be in that list…I see the law of KARMA manifesting soon..looool

  8. foluke

    June 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Ope o, thank you Jesus. My parents are coming in September. Imagine having to look for £6K and I just bought their ticket, all that would have wasted because they’ll just sit back in Lagos jeje. Thank you Jesus. Lol.

    • Irokoroots

      June 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Wow!

    • Tiki

      June 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

      hahahahaha. That’s mean!!

    • foluke

      June 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      It’s true na. You are laughing. £3K per parent. My parents are retirees, so it will mean my siblings and I sending them the money, which they’ll hold and then return to us or what. Too messy, and like someone said below, common visa they have backlog. How will they adminsiter this. Will they set up a bank at the airport to be paying peoing people in cash or what. The queue for getting your VAT bac k can be as long as ant line. Theresa May and the Conservatives are just drumming up stuff to please their people. The real immigration problems are the EU citizens and they know it, but they don’t have the balls to do anything aabout it, so they just please their people by focusing on non EU abi how many non EU people are coming here and absconding. Not even now, where there are no jobs, but someone walk in and head straight to the benefit office. They should stop deceiving theirselves

  9. BNR

    June 24, 2013 at 10:16 am

    So for those Visitors who do return home, have they got the facilities in place to refund the £3000 to them asap? UKBA could not process the huge number of Visa/Permit applications within the UK and now there is a huge backlog! I see them making a big mess of this one as well. Abi they’ll be giving pple their £3k back as they board their return flight???? Rubbish!

  10. tessy

    June 24, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Na wa o, my graduation is in November.

  11. gistyinka blog

    June 24, 2013 at 10:50 am

    this uk law is too much…..

  12. peps

    June 24, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    The UK is going down! Immigration is what has made London great. This new found “immigro-phobia”, while politically expedient will just accelerate the decline. The only saving grace for the UK is that they’re the major English-speaking destination in Europe. The US aside (those ones have their own wahala too), Dubai might soon become a far more attractive destination the way things are going : English is spoken widely, world class airport, hassle-free immigration policy, great shopping, tax free. The UK had better watch out

  13. Truthfulsoul

    June 24, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Why are you guys stressing yourselves? This is will not work. Wait till British Airways passenger list decreases and the amount of money they make from Nigerian travelers go down, then they will change their minds.

  14. Tolu

    June 25, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Because? We know that Jand is not a great place for vacation so werin dey there. Na to dey go Dubai nau. we go see who go loose money. To our greedy leaders, can you see what you have caused? No matter how much money you have or steal, you are “steal” Nigerian.

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