Border Force failing to protect UK say MPs

Border Force failing to protect UK say MPs Decision to carry out full passport checks on passengers last year led to fewer searches for illicit goods and illegal immigrants.
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UK Border Agency backlog ‘out of control’ say MPs

Commons committee report finds number of outstanding asylum and immigration cases rose by 25,000 last monthThe number of outstanding immigration and asylum cases rose by 25,000 in three months and is “spiralling out of control”, making the total caseload the equivalent of the population of Iceland, an MP has said.More than 300,000 cases needed to […]
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London Metropolitan University wins reprieve in student visa row

Judges rules more than 1,000 overseas students can start courses while LMU challenges suspension of licenceA high court judge has ordered that more than 1,000 international students at London Metropolitan University should be allowed to start their courses on Monday pending the outcome of a legal battle over their future.But Mr Justice Irwin refused to […]
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UKBA awards contract to track down illegal migrants to UK to Capita

Company to receive payment for each illegal migrant who leaves the country after being contacted by itA bounty has effectively been placed on the head of tens of thousands of illegal migrants after a private company was awarded a multimillion pound contract to track down those refused permission to stay in the UK but whose […]
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Government concerns over G4S and Serco to house asylum seekers

Home Office orders weekly reports on progress of security firms’ contracts to house asylum seekers in north of EnglandHome Office ministers have ordered weekly reports on the progress of two new contracts with the private security companies G4S and Serco to house and provide support services for thousands of asylum seekers and their families.The chief […]
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UK Border Agency criticised over student visas

Rule changes caused chaos allowing abuse of visa system and letting in people to work rather than study, MPs sayThe UK Border Agency faces intense criticism from MPs for causing chaos in the student visa system with a “poorly planned and ill thought-out” change in the rules for overseas students.The agency’s failings meant an extra […]
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UK Border Agency to launch ‘allegations database’

MPs welcome agency’s plans for National Allegations Database to improve performance in following up intelligence leads from the publicThe home affairs committee has welcomed plans by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to create a National Allegations Database to manage information provided by the public on possible immigration violations.In a report on the UKBA’s work between […]
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UK Border Agency civil servants get bonuses of up to £7,000

MPs criticise bonus payments as agency struggled with crises including relaxation of border controlsOne in four senior civil servants at the troubled UK Border Agency received bonuses of up to £7,000 last year, figures show.A fifth took home a bonus of between £4,500 and £5,000, while one in 25 pocketed bonuses of between £5,000 and […]
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UK border staff flown from Manchester to Heathrow to deal with queues

Immigration staff drafted in to help reduce delays at passport control as Boris Johnson calls on Theresa May to actImmigration staff have been drafted in from Manchester to Heathrow in an emergency attempt to avert a repeat of last week’s meltdown at the London airport’s passport control which saw passengers facing delays of up to […]
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UKBA accused of covering up airport delays

Passengers handed ‘apology leaflets’ after having to wait up to three hours before clearing passport control at HeathrowHeathrow Airport has been ordered by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to stop handing out to passengers leaflets acknowledging the “very long delays” at immigration, which have become a serious government concern in the runup to the Olympics.Passengers […]
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