UK Border Agency chaos results in massive applications backlog

Published:  24 Jan at 6 PM
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A recent investigation into UK border controls has revealed at least 16,000 immigrants are still waiting to hear whether they have permission to stay in Britain.

The investigation, the latest in a series which has brought disrepute to the UK Border Agency (UKBA), was focused on applications to stay in the UK on the basis of marriage. As a result the 16,000 backlog was discovered, along with a list of over 14,000 and growing of those appealing the refusal of their right to stay.

Also unearthed were a further 2,100 cases which had been dumped in Sheffield form the UKBA’s Croydon headquarters, some of which dated back 10 years or more. Independent Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration John Vine, who headed the investigation, said the discoveries were completely unacceptable.

He stressed that he expects UKBA to deal with the backlog and other outstanding cases on an urgent basis, adding that he had also been surprised to discover that UKBA is not checking the ability of newly-arrived immigrants to support themselves whilst they find work. Meanwhile, another inspection has revealed that the swift removal policy applied to those refused permission to stay has been rendered useless due to asylum claims by immigrants.
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