UK Border Agency Policy

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Got a query about current UK Border Agency policy? Contact their team by phoning (Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 515 8133 and have your questions dealt with immediately.

Originally set up in 2008 in order to deal with a number different issues for the Home Office, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) was one of the most powerful branches of the British government during the brief time it was in force. As part of government efforts to streamline their organisations and to tighten certain aspects of the operations, UKBA was closed in March 2013 – although the name is still used as somewhat of an umbrella term for policies regarding travel in and out of the country.

What kind of things did the UK Border Agency policy deal with?

Most prominently, the UK Border Agency was linked to immigration to the UK from outside the European Union. It was through this aspect of their operations that UKBA came under the most amount of criticism, with poor implementation of their policy reportedly leading to thousands of migrants entering the country illegally.

These powers also extended to a responsibility for deportation, with an estimated 5,000 people being removed from the country each year under the watch of UKBA. This included those living unlawfully in Britain, as well as unsuccessful asylum applicants.

UKBA was also responsible for the implementation of the Customs and Excise Act, blocking the smuggling of illegal goods in and out of Britain.

What was the UK Border Agency disliked so much?

Along with a number of complaints from certain sections of the national press, the UK Border Agency came under heavy criticism following reports from a Parliamentary Ombudsmen that suggested there were many thousands of complaints against the body that had not been dealt with. An independent body investigating these problems upheld 97% of all complaints in this backlog – and these largely related to immigration applications.

What has replaced the UK Border Agency?

In regards to the control of those looking to move to the country, most of the UK Border Agency’s work has been moved back to centrally being dealt with by the Home Office under their new UK Visas and Immigration branch. This is widely perceived to be a much more tightly regulated organisation, and has received far less negative press coverage than its predecessor thus far.

In terms of enforcement of policy, the government’s Border Force has been in place since 2012, working closely with HMRC in order to attempt to bring down levels of illegal immigration.

If you need to contact a member of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) team regarding policy or just to make a simple query, phone (Calls cost 7ppm + network charges) 0843 515 8133 to have the matter dealt with now.

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