This section provides information about the UK Border Agency, an agency of the Home Office.
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 protects the UK border, and is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the UK.
We are a global organisation with 23,500 staff - including more than 9,000 warranted officers - operating in local communities, at our borders and in about 130 countries worldwide.
Foreign nationals can apply for visas at more than 250 visa application centres worldwide. Many of these centres are run by our commercial partners.
For information about us and our work that was published on this website before the change of UK government in May 2010, see the UK government web archive. This information includes our framework agreement with the Home Office..