'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."