This section provides information about the UK Border Agency, an agency of the Home Office.
If you are interested in finding out about the work of the Home Office as a whole, this information is available from the main Home Office website
The agency is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the UK. We are a global organisation operating in local communities and in about 130 countries worldwide.
Foreign nationals can apply for UK visas at more than 250 visa application centres worldwide. Many of these centres are run by our commercial partners .
For information about us and our work that was published on this website before the change of UK government in May 2010, see the UK government web archive . This information includes our framework agreement with the Home Office.
This is our official website. We also operate online application and booking services through:
Our commercial partners (VFS Global and CSC WorldBridge Service) provide visa services and websites in some countries on our behalf. We advise you to avoid all other websites claiming to be in partnership with the UK Border Agency as they have no authorised affiliation with us or the Home Office.
We are aware that there are websites using similar names to the official ones operated by the UK Border Agency, and making false claims about securing UK visas for applicants. Please let us know if you come across such websites.