The four main aims of the criteria are:
• A sharper focus on outcomes – the criteria require inspections to make findings about the performance and service delivered by border and immigration functions and to consider the effect on individuals;
• A clear set of standards – the criteria reflect standards which the Chief Inspector expects the Home Office’s border and immigration functions to meet, notwithstanding their own measures;
• Greater consistency of approach – using a common set of criteria helps to establish themes and patterns which can enable the Home Office to be clearer about the main areas requiring improvement or where they are delivering to the expected or a higher standard;
• Increased quality assurance – highlighting the types of evidence required provides greater assurance that the most relevant evidence is being collected consistently.
The latest Inspection Criteria can be downloaded here. (revised and updated August 2013)