The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has just published their latest inspection report entitled, “An inspection of how the
UK Border Agency and Border Force handle customs and immigration offences at ports: May-October 2012.”
Further information can be found in the press releases, entitled: “Decisions in Marriage Applications are Reasonable but Chief Inspector Raises Concerns About Backlogs and a Lack of Consideration of the Best Interests of Children.” The following information is taken from the press release:
The majority of decisions in marriage applications are reasonable said the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, but he was concerned about backlogs of cases and a lack of consideration of the best interests of children. These findings were published today (24th January) in an Independent Chief Inspector’s report looking at the way the UK Border Agency dealt with applications to enter, remain and settle in the UK on the basis of marriage or civil partnership.
The inspection examined the efficiency and effectiveness of the Agency’s handling of marriage and civil partnership applications, with a particular focus on the extent to which a consistent approach was adopted overseas and in the UK.
Press Coverage of the Report
The Independent (24/01/2013) – Thousands of immigrants caught up in Border Agency forgotten box farce blunder
The Guardian (24/01/2013) – Inspector finds UK Border Agency backlog dating back 10 years
The Daily Telegraph (24/01/2013) – Immigration backlog of 16,000 migrants uncovered by inspectors
The Daily Telegraph (24/01/2013) – New backlog of 16,000 immigrants just a ‘customer service’ issue, says minister
The Refugee Council (24/01/2013) – More calls for improvements at UKBA: our response