Contact Number for UK Border Agency

0843 658 6903

The UK Border Agency, sometimes known by the acronym UKBA, was the government agency that dealt with immigration coming in and out of the United Kingdom. However, since 2013, this has been replaced by UK Visas and Immigration. You can still call the UK Border Agency passport contact number and be transferred to this new department.

Looking to Contact The UK Border Agency?

If you are looking to get in touch with the UK Border Agency, here are some of the reasons you might wish to speak to a representative

  • Information about the nearest place to apply for a visa
  • To renew an existing visa or to report a lost visa
  • Information on prices of visas
  • Apply for or renew a UK passport
  • If you would like to report a suspected illegal immigrant
  • Find out about sponsorship schemes for workers or students
  • Make a comment or complaint about UKBA

Do I Need A Visa To Study In The UK?

border-controlYou must apply for a student visa if you are a person from outside of the European Economic Area wishing to be educated in the United Kingdom. These are countries within the European Union but also include Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein as well.

If you are only coming over for a short time (e.g. to do a training course) you will be eligible for a Student Visitor visa. You can stay for six months or eleven months with this visa depending on the length of your course. The former costs £85 and the latter costs £150. You will not be able to extend this visa. Similarly, the visa does not allow you to work, marry or bring family members with you. Applications will take 3 weeks and should be done 3 months prior to your departure. Call the UKBA contact number for more info.

If you wish to stay in the United Kingdom for longer to study, there is also a Tier 4 student visa. You have to be offered a place on a course to apply for this visa. You also have to have some understanding of the English language, have enough money to support your stay, and come from a country outside of the aforementioned European Economic Area. The duration of this visa depends on the length of your course. Furthermore, this visa allows you to work in some circumstances. A Tier 4 visa costs £310 and should be done several months in advance. Call the Border Agency UK number for help.

Do I Need A Visa To Work In The UK?

ukborderYes, you need a visa to work in the UK if you are outside of the European Union zone. There are many different types of visas available depending on your profession such as Tier 1 visas for entrepreneurs and international talent or Tier 2 visas for sports players, religious ministers and company transfers. The UK border agency can help you find out exactly which form you need to complete.

Applying for a visa will generally require you to demonstrate a knowledge of the English language, provide a passport sized colour photograph of yourself and prove you have a healthy bank account. You may also need sponsorship from a licensed employer. There are almost 29,000 employers registered to sponsor migrants and a full list can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

How Do I Apply For A UK Visa?

Applications for United Kingdom visas must be made through the official government website. You will need to register for an account once you have paid the visa fee and fill the correct form in using the English language.  The completed form should then be printed out and an appointment must be made at your nearest visa application centre.

If you have any problems answering the questions on the form, or you require information about your nearest application centre, call the UKBA.

Applying For Or Renewing A UK Passport

passportYou can apply or renew a UK passport through UK Visas And Immigration. This also counts for passports that have been lost, stolen or damaged. Applications for passports can be collected from your local Post Office. They can also be completed online via the official UK Visas And Immigration website. The applications require you to complete various personal detail. If it is a renewal, you will also have to make sure you have your current passport numbers to hand.

First passports and renewals alike will cost £72.50 if they are done online. They will cost £81.25 if they are done through the Post Office’s Passport Check and Send service. These prices will be reduced slightly to £46 or £54.75 if the passport is for a child. Call the UK Visas And Immigration’s passport contact number for more information about these services.

A History Of The UK Border Agency

The UK Border Agency was once the border control agency of the Home office, a ministerial department of the British Government. The UKBA became a full agency in April 2009 overhauling the old system. It saw the agency take on full responsibility of matters pertaining to border control, customs and immigration. Powers were given to the agency following the Royal Assent of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act of 2009. In the years that followed, the UK Border Agency oversaw more than 20,000 members of staff located across over one hundred different countries.

However, things began to fall apart when the Parliamentary Ombudsman investigated the poor service, enormous backlogs and high volume of complaints against the UK Border Agency. Many of the complaints regarding asylum and residence were upheld by the aforementioned Ombudsman. In 2013, the poor figures forced the Home Affairs Select Committee to produce a scathing report into their work.

Home Secretary Teresa May later announced that UKBA would be scrapped and the powers would return to the government’s Home Office. In March of that year, the UK Border Agency was split into two organisations: UK Visas And Immigration.


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