Temporary director generals appointed


UKBA, border, force, immigration 08 May 2013
Two temporary director generals have been assigned to manage the UK's immigration operations.

This appointment follows the UK Border Agency (UKBA) being disbanded into two organisations, as announced on 26 March: one dealing with the visa and immigration system and one responsible for immigration enforcement. These two commands fall under the responsibility of the Home Office.

The visa and immigration side will be temporarily overseen by Sarah Rapson, who has previously worked as chief executive of the Identity and Passport Service.

David Wood, the former director of operations for the UKBA, will be given temporary management of the immigration enforcement side. He has previously worked with the Metropolitan Police.

Mark Sedwill, the permanent Home Office secretary, said that these two commands will have "distinct cultures". He added: "The first will be a high-volume service that makes high-quality decisions, focusing on customer satisfaction for business travellers who want to come here legally and on specialist case working functions for UK asylum and complex cases. The second will be an organisation that has law enforcement at its heart and gets tough on those who break our immigration laws."

More permanent appointments to replace these interim directors are expected to be announced "in due course".

Tags: UKBA , border , force , immigration

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