Thursday, 23rd May 2019


The UK Border Agency (UKBA) is the border control agency of the British government and an Executive Agency of the Home Office. It was first formed in April 2008 by a merger of the Border and Immigration Agency (BIA), UKvisas and the Detection functions of HM Revenue and Customs.

Lots of opportunities for young people

It is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the UK hiring over 23,000 operating in over 130 countries which means there are loads of jobs available for young people.

Overseas staff deal with visa applications and act as the first layer of border control for the UK.

The UK Border Agency's budget is £2.2 billion, however after the spending review, the agency will cut costs by up to 20%.

The agency can be divided into 4 sectors, each led by a director:

  • International
  • Immigration
  • Intelligence
  • Enforcement and crime

UK Border Agency mission statement

The UK Border Agency have a mission statement to make sure that all areas of aviation adhere the top standards and practice.


  • The UK Border Agency's primary aim is to protect the UK public.
  • People abusing the UK's immigration law can expect effective decisions and enforcement and prosecution against them.


  • By enabling legitimate travel, our work also supports economic growth.
  • Legitimate travellers and migrants, and genuine refugees, can expect a good service from us.


  • We reduce costs and improve performance.
  • We work together efficiently and collaboratively, as one agency and with partners.


  • We regulate migration in line with the law and government policy.
  • We will build a justified reputation with the public and Parliament for continuous improvement and high professional standards of competence.


Airport authorities

Airport authorities will deal with almost every area of airport life - from day-to-day security and retail to strategy and investment.

Thousands of people are on staff to ensure the smooth running of all airports around the UK and around the world.

Their work is focused on enhancing aviation safety by making continuous improvements in systems and processes.

They remain competitive and ensure they are improving their environmental performance through efficient use of airspace.