No decision yet on visa bonds: UK Min

Britain has not taken any decision on the controversial 3,000-pound visa bond scheme for Indians visiting the country which was scheduled to come into force this month, a senior UK minister has said.

Asked whether a final decision on the visa bond has been taken, Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire said: “no decision has been taken. Our relationship with India is extremely important”.

He also recalled the investment made by the Tatas and his own meeting with Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad sometime back.

“We are looking certainly at the Indian elections next year,” Swire, responsible for Commonwealth and India, said.

A pilot version of the scheme was scheduled to go ahead this month and was expected to affect countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Ghana.

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