Yearly Archives: 2014

Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration: Annual Report 2013-14

“It gives me great pleasure to present my sixth and final annual report as the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. It brings to a close my tenure which has seen me deliver over 70 inspection reports, 18 in ... published December 17, 2014

Overstayer Numbers Remain the Same Despite Considerable Efforts to Tackle Migration Refusal Pool

Despite considerable efforts by the Home Office to remove those who had overstayed their time in the UK, the overall size of the post-2008 Migration Refusal Pool (MRP) has remained almost static. The outsourcing of the MRP data cleanse had ... published

Visa Interviews Adding Value to Decision-Making but Improvements Required

The Home Office’s re-introduction of interviews for visa applications globally was handled impressively and was adding value to decision-making in high-risk visa posts. However, student visa refusal rates were not increasing as expected and opportunities to improve the quality of ... published

Home Office not Scrutinising British Nationality Applications Appropriately

Despite a strong focus on customer service and police and immigration checks the Home Office was not scrutinizing applications thoroughly to ensure decisions to grant British citizenship were sound. As a result, nationality was granted to individuals who did not ... published December 11, 2014

Border Force’s Seized Goods Warehouses Secure, but Risk of Theft Exists

Warehouses to store seized goods, such as cigarettes and alcohol, were operating good systems of stock control. However, poor record keeping and discrepancies between quantities of good seized and those arriving at warehouses created opportunities for goods to be stolen ... published