- Home Office to Eliminate UK Border Agency
- March 28, 2013
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
In a statement delivered to Parliament today, the Home Secretary announced plans to eliminate the UK Border Agency and replace it with two new agencies. One agency will be responsible for immigration and visa processing, with a focus on customer satisfaction for businesspeople and visitors. The other agency will be devoted solely to immigration enforcement. The restructuring takes effect April 1, 2013.
The two new agencies will remain within the Home Office. A new Strategic Oversight Board will monitor the performance of the two agencies, along with the Passport Service, the UK Border Force and other immigration policy makers.
In calling for the UKBA to be eliminated, the Home Secretary cited the agency’s size, insufficient accountability, IT system inadequacies, and its overly complex legal framework.