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UNITED KINGDOM: Preparation for Olympics

The UK Government is urging all those who plan to come to the UK during the Olympic Games to plan ahead and begin making travel arrangements, including securing any necessary visas. The London 2012 Games will be the biggest event that the UK has hosted and the government expects many extra visitors during the already busy summer season.

The UK Government has also announced the creation of a new agency, the UK Border Force, which will take over border control and inspection procedures at the UK ports of entry starting March 1, 2012. The UK Home Secretary said that after it was revealed that thousands of people were let into the country without proper immigration checks, that the UK Border Agency (UKBA) would be split into two separate bodies. The Border Force will "become a separate operational command, with its own ethos of law enforcement, led by its own Director General, and accountable directly to ministers." The UK Border Agency (UKBA) will continue to manage immigration administrative functions such as processing work and residence permit applications.

from Pearl Law Group Global Immigration NewsFlash

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