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The Home Office

The Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, counter-terrorism and police.

The UK Border Agency

The UK Border Agency is responsible for securing the UK border and controlling migration in the UK. We manage border control for the UK, enforcing immigration and customs regulations. We also consider applications for permission to enter or stay in the UK, and for citizenship and asylum.


UK Visa is a joint Directorate of the Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth office. It manages the UK’S entry clearance (visa) operation from visa offices at UK Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates abroad, collectively known as UK missions.

Identity and passport services

The Identity and Passport Service is responsible for issuing UK passports and for administering the civil registration process in England and Wales. It is an executive agency of the Home Office.

Life in the UK Test

Becoming a British citizen or deciding to settle permanently in this country is an important event in your life. If you are applying for naturalisation as a British citizen or for indefinite leave to remain, you will need to show that you know about life in the UK. If you live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can do this in two ways: by taking the Life in the UK Test or by taking combined English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and citizenship classes.

Legal Services commission

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) works in partnership with solicitors and not-for-profit organisations to help over 2 million people each year access high quality legal advice, information and representation.

Foreign and Commonwealth office

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office – ‘the FCO’ or ‘the Foreign Office’ for short – is the government department responsible for promoting British interests overseas and supporting citizens and businesses around the globe.

Tribunal Service

Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service was created on 1 April 2011. It brings together Her Majesty's Courts Service and the Tribunals Service into one integrated agency providing support for the administration of justice in courts and tribunals. HM Courts and Tribunals Service works with a range of Government departments and justice agencies to ensure access to justice is provided in the most timely and effective way possible.

Asylum & Immigration Tribunal

Its purpose is to hear and decide appeals against decisions made by the Home Office in Asylum & Immigration matters.

British Council

The United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) is an independent national charity which exists to campaign for justice in immigration, nationality and refugee law and policy. It provided free advice and assistance for new immigrants and for the settled community wishing to be reunited with their families. As a result of expertise gained in this way, JCWI began to publish and campaign for changes in increasingly unfair legislation.

Refugee Council

1The Refugee Council is the largest refugee organisation in the UK providing advice and assistance to asylum seekers and refugees. They provide services for London, the East of England, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside. It provides free advice and information to refugees and asylum seekers in their own language through our One Stop Services. Clients can discuss any problems they may have as an asylum seeker or refugee including the asylum process and support and entitlement.

Refugee Legal Centre

Refugee Legal Centre is an independent organisation offering legal advice and representation to asylum seekers and refugees.

Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.


They provide a wide range of public service information from the UK government.

The Law Commission

The Law Commission is the statutory independent body created by the Law Commissions Act 1965 to keep the law under review and to recommend reform where it is needed. Its aim is to ensure that the law is fair, modern, simple and as cost-effective-as possible.

Crown Prosecution Service

Crown Prosecution Service is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

UK Police Force

Provides list of police services for whole of the UK.

Immigration Law Practitioners' Association

The Immigration Law Practitioners' Association was established in 1984 by a group of leading UK immigration practitioners to: promote and improve the advising and representation of immigrants, provide information to members on domestic and European immigration, refugee and nationality law and Secure a non-racist, non-sexist, just and equitable system of immigration, refugee and nationality law practice.

Visit Britain

If you're planning a holiday to the UK, looking for hotels and accommodation in Britain, or simply after UK travel, attractions or events information, has everything you need to know.

Ministry of Justice

Ministry of justice are responsible for selection of bodies within the justice system. These bodies undertake a range of functions including administering criminal, civil and family justice, democracy and rights, and include inspectorates and ombudsmen.

The Information Commissioner’s Office

The Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.