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House of Lords written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of visa bonds on (1) relations between the United Kingdom and the affected “high risk” countries, and (2) the travel costs of United Kingdom citizens visiting those countries.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

We plan to introduce a small scale pilot scheme later this year to test the impact of requiring financial bonds from selected visit visa applicants as a means of deterring non-compliance by those who overstay their visa.

The details of the scheme are still being finalised, including the locations for the pilot and nationalities in scope, and will be announced in due course.

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