Our key partners
We work with a number of partners - the United Kingdom Border Agency, UK visas and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. We also work with local authorities to deliver the civil registration service.
UKBA's new gates at Stansted airport incorporate facial recognition technology
The UK Border Agency, (UKBA) is responsible for immigration control. It regulates entry to, and settlement in, the UK. It considers applications for permission to stay, citizenship and asylum. UKBA issues biometric residence permits and works with IPS to deliver identity products for foreign nationals resident in the UK.
View the UKBA website
UK Visas is a joint Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Home Office unit responsible for issuing visas to foreign nationals, allowing them to enter the UK. UK Visas will be issuing biometric visas to foreign nationals applying for UK visas through UK diplomatic posts overseas.
View the UK visas website
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) works for UK interests in a safe, just and prosperous world. It provides consular services to British nationals overseas through a worldwide network of diplomatic offices, including issuing passports. The FCO has an interest in the continuance of the highest standards in the development of passports.
View the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website
Local Authorities and Registration Officers
The General Register Office oversees the civil registration of key life events such as birth, adoption, stillbirth, marriage, civil partnership and death throughout England and Wales, in partnership with local authorities. A network of local registrars are responsible for keeping us updated with all events registered at district level.
The Identity and Passport Service also has successful partnerships with other service providers in the public and private sectors.