By conducting a range of inspections throughout the year, the Independent Chief Inspector aims to:

  • drive improvement within the UK’s border and immigration functions, and
  • achieve broad coverage of the UK’s border and immigration operations both geographically and thematically.

There are four strands of inspection: a UK programme; an international programme; a thematic programme and a series of unannounced and short-notice inspections.

Inspections are carried out using a set of criteria structured into four broad strands:

  • Outcomes;
  • Processes;
  • Impact; and
  • Leadership and Management.

The criteria are tailored to each individual inspection and made available to the Home Office in advance of the start of an inspection (except in the case of unannounced inspections).


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