We secure the UK border and control immigration. We consider applications for permission to enter and stay in the UK, and we issue passports and visas.
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Don't be fooled by unofficial websites
General Register Office warns against using unofficial websites to order birth, death and marriage certificates.
Published 28 November 2011
Serial fraudster jailed following UKBA investigation
Fraudster used fake identity to claim British citizenship and make around £400,000 in the scam.
Published 25 November 2011
Securing the UK border during strike
Robust arrangements have been put in place to secure the border during industrial action.
Published 24 November 2011
Sham brides and grooms jailed
Fraudsters have been jailed for their part in a series of sham marriages across the country.
Published 18 November 2011
Speeding up removals
Damian Green emphasises progress made on speeding up immigration removals.
Published 4 November 2011
Student visa clampdown
Hundreds of colleges banned from accepting international students in a change to UK Border Agency regulations.
Published 2 November 2011
Border screening results in ten thousand arrests
Ten thousand wanted criminals arrested as a result of e-Borders advance passenger screening programme.
Published 31 October 2011
Beat the New Year rush for passports
Renew your passport now and beat the New Year rush.
Published 21 October 2011
Passport, immigration and visa applications
Securing our borders
We aim to improve the migration system to commands public confidence and serve our economic interests. We are working to:
- limit non-EU economic migrants
- introduce new measures to reduce inflow
- minimise abuse of all migration routes, for example the student route
We aim to process asylum applications more quickly and end the detention of children for immigration purposes.
Information for applicants, visa applications and policy and legal information is available on the UK Border Agency website.
Immigration minister Damian Green answers questions about immigration reforms - watch Damian Green on YouTube.
The Identity and Passport Service provides accurate and secure records of key events and trusted passport operations. We:
- provide passport services for British nationals living in the UK
- work with the the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to provide passort services to British nationals living
- administer civil registration in England and Wales
More information about these services is available on the Identity and Passport Service website.
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- Damian Green answers your immigration questions on YouTube
- UK Border Agency news
- Directgov: Passports
- UK Border Agency
- Visa Services
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