It’s a done deal people. From November 2013, Nigeria will be among the six listed Commonwealth ‘high risk’ countries whose citizens will be required to pay £3,000 tourists visa bond before they are allowed into the UK. The remaining five are: India, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
But here’s what the UK government are saying to pacify citizens of these countries who are outraged by this new policy. They say it’s not all visitors that will be required to pay the bond, just people they consider ‘highest risk’; that is people who will collect visa and refuse to leave Britain or overstay their visa terms. Those paying bonds will receive the bond back, if they abided by the terms of their visa.
According to the UK Financial Times report last Friday, the UK Home Office say there’s no going back as the scheme is their most effective way of tackling abuse in their immigration system. Nigeria and the other five countries account for more than five hundred thousand visa applications in 2012.
But this scheme will kinda affect business in the UK as Nigeria is said to be the 6th biggest spenders on luxury goods in the country.