16 March 2011

Minister responds to UK Visa system report

The National Audit Office has published a report into the points-based system for UK immigration highlighting a number of improvements that need to be made by the UK Border Agency.

UK immigration

Recommendations to improve the UK immigration system include introducing exit checks.

The report found that the UK Visa and immigration points-based system is well designed, but recommends that the UK Border Agency should improve its IT systems and introduce exit checks which make it clear when someone has left the country.

UK Immigration Minister Damian Green said that he is committed to making improvements to the system.

“This report is exactly why we are making radical reforms to the system, including the introduction of an annual limit on economic migrants, sweeping changes to the student visa system, and a shake-up of the family and settlement route,” he said.
Mr Green said the department was also committed to reintroducing exit checks by 2015, and that counting people in and out of the country will give better control over those that overstay their UK Visa.
“We are determined to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, and clampdown on immigration abuses,” the minister said.

The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their UK visa applications to the British Embassy.  

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