Yearly Archives: 2013

The Independent Chief Inspector Of Borders And Immigration: Annual Report 2012-13 Statement

“It gives me great pleasure to present my fifth annual report as the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. Historically significant change has followed on from my inspection work and this year has been no exception. I have inspected ... published December 18, 2013

Good Customer Service at Dhaka and Warsaw Visa Sections but Quality of Decision Making is Poor

The Home Office was providing a good level of customer service to visa applicants in Dhaka and Warsaw. However, the Chief Inspector found problems with the decision-making in a large number of cases he looked at. These were among the ... published December 5, 2013

Poor Communications and a Failure to Follow Process are Weakening Efforts to Tackle Smuggling by Skilled Freight Staff

Freight teams were committed and adept at locating smuggled goods, but a breakdown in relations at the front line had resulted in financial penalties and prosecutions not being used effectively to deter smugglers, and large seizures of tobacco and alcohol ... published November 21, 2013

Home Office Committed to the Welfare of Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum but Significant Improvements are Needed in Delivery

Home Office staff were committed to the welfare children in the asylum system and worked effectively with local authorities to ensure they were safeguarded. However, there were significant inconsistencies in the timing and outcome of applications depending on where they ... published October 31, 2013

The Independent Advisory Group on Country Information invites tenders to evaluate the Home Office’s Country of Origin Information (COI) Reports and Operational Guidance Notes (OGNs) on India, Syria and Zimbabwe.

The Independent Advisory Group on Country Information (IAGCI) is part of the Office of the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. Its main purpose is to review the content of all Country of Origin Information (COI) produced by the UK ... published October 21, 2013