The agency is divided into four sections:
- Immigration and settlement – managing all "in-country" operational areas such as casework functions and enforcement.
- International operations and visas – managing all work outside the UK including visa issuing overseas and pre-flight checks but excluding juxtaposed controls.
- Enforcement and crime – undertakes criminal investigations, managing criminal cases, manages detention and removal centres and removes foreign national prisoners.
The Government is planning to introduce a border policing command as part of a new National Crime Agency. UK Border Agency tasking will be informed by the intelligence and threat assessments produced by the command. It is likely that the new command will also be able to call on agency assets for operations against cross-border organised crime gangs.
The work of the agency is monitored by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, John Vine.
Read more about this topic: UK Border Agency
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