Clegg targets visa 'overstayers'

Nick Clegg has called for a bail-like system of security bonds to tackle visa abuse today. He will say that bonds would be paid as a cash guarantee from visa applicants who come in from high-risk countries.

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'Security bonds' could echo Australian visa system

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has asked the Home Office to run a pilot of 'security bonds', echoing the Australian system applied to family visas.

The Deputy Prime Minister will seek views on the proposal from the Home Affairs Select Committee.

The cost of the bonds could be in the region of four figures Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

It is thought that the cost of bonds would vary but are likely to be in the region of four figures.

In a speech today proposing the plans, Nick Clegg will say: "The amounts would need to be proportionate - we mustn't penalise legitimate visa applicants who will struggle to get hold of the money."

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