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About us

The UK Border Agency is an agency of the Home Office. This section provides details about our structure, our aims and our work.

If you are interested in finding out about the work of the Home Office as a whole, this information is available from the main Home Office website

The agency was formed in April 2008 to improve the United Kingdoms's security through stronger border protection while welcoming legitimate travellers and trade.

The agency brings together the work previously carried out by the Border and Immigration Agency, customs detection work at the border from Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs, and UK Visa Services from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

We are a global organisation with 25,000 staff - including more than 9,000 warranted officers - operating in local communities, at our borders and across 135 countries worldwide.

Background information about the development of the UK Border Agency is available from the Cabinet Office's border review, Security in a Global Hub.