UKBA’s transition to the Home Office

On 1st April 2013 the UK Border Agency was split into two separate units within the Home Office: a visa and immigration service and an immigration law enforcement division.

The rationale is that by creating two entities instead of one, they will be able to create distinct cultures. First, a high-volume service that makes high-quality decisions about who comes here, with a culture of customer satisfaction for businessmen and visitors who want to come here legally. And second, an organisation that has law enforcement at its heart and gets tough on those who break  immigration laws.

Over time  the content from the UK Border Agency’s website will be moved to the Government’s digital service at In the meantime, new and updated content added will reflect the new Home Office structure and brand.

These organisational changes to the UK Border Agency do not affect the validity of any reference to the agency in any document or form on their website. The UK’s Immigration Rules will also remain in force.