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Official Spokesperson's response to a question on reports about UK Visa bond.

November 05, 2013

In response to a question on reports about UK visa bond the Official Spokesman stated:

"We have seen the Press Release on the subject.

I would like to say that soon after media's reports on the proposed visa bond scheme came to the Government's attention earlier this year, we responded promptly by raising the matter with the UK Government. Our views on the subject were conveyed to the UK Government at different levels, including by Hon'ble Commerce and Industry Minister, Shri Anand Sharma in his meetings in June 2013 during his visit to London. These were once again discussed during the India-UK Comprehensive Dialogue on Visa Related Issues held in London in July 2013.

We are happy to learn that UK Government has taken on board our concerns as well as concerns expressed by other quarters.

UK and India have a strategic partnership. People-to-people contacts provide strength and durability to our long standing warm and friendly ties with the UK."

Nov 5, 2013
 
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