UKBA Inefficiency Leads to Agency Abolition; Split into Two

Reacting to a critical report that the former Immigration Minister Damian Green acted without authorization in lifting security checks at the border which could have allowed the entry of terrorists and unqualified students into the UK, Home Secretary Theresa May announced Feb. 20, 2013 the abolition of the UKBA as a single agency, splitting it into two separate units: one to take care of visa and immigration services and the other law enforcement.

The UKBA officially recognized the split on April 1, 2013 by announcing the functions of the two separate unites, saying that “over tie, the content of the UK Border Agency’s website will reflect the changes. 

The UK Immigration Rules will remain in force but changes are unfolding.

Family Visitor Appeal

If your application to visit a family member had been denied by the UKBA, you still have the full right of appeal. 

After 25 June 2013, the right to appeal will be removed to “bring the family visitor visa in line with all other visitor visa categories. Applicants who are refused can re-apply addressing the reasons for refusal instead of appealing. This will be quicker and cost less than an appeal. In 2011-12 95% of applications were decided within 15 days, whereas the appeal system can take up to 8 months to deliver a result.”

Other Changes as reported by UKBA

The Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) route, to split the application process so that applicants will no longer have to pay the full fee up front. This will also mean applicants will not have to submit their passport to us while their application for endorsement by a designated competent body is being considered.

Tier 2, to improve the flexibility for intra-company transferees and for employers carrying out the resident labour market test.

The shortage occupation list and the codes of practice for skilled workers.

Tier 4, to allow completing PhD students to stay in the UK for one year beyond the end of their course to find skilled work or to set up as an entrepreneur.

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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