UK Border Agency
UK Border Agency was a British agency that worked from April 2008 to April 2013. The main headquarters of the agency is situated in London, United Kingdom. The agency was established on 1st April 2008 by the merger of UK visas, Border & Immigration Agency and the closed functions of HM Revenue & Customs. During its operational period, it has a staff of more than 23,000 employees working in over 130 countries. The agency worked as a division of Home Office and controlled by the British Government. The agency’s operations were divided into four different sub-divisions, named international operations, visas, law enforcement, and immigration & settlement. Each of these divisions worked under the guidance of senior management. The agency was dissolved by the Home Secretary on 1 April 2013 and its operations were returned to the Home Office soon after that.
UK Border Agency Powers
The powers of the agency were divided into three different parts related to the customs, immigration,and elimination of foreign nationals. When it comes to immigration, the agency’s officers had the power to arrest and detent the people as per the Immigration Act 1971, whereas the customs officers in the UK BorderAgency were given many powers through which they can detain anyone who had committed any offense as per the Customs and Excise Acts. In addition to that, they also deport foreign national criminals once they end their prison term.