The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has failed to protect British borders, according to its independent chief inspector John Vine, but the government said changes had already been made to improve the situation.
Claiming there was "a lack of rigorous scrutiny", Vine particularly focused on the agency's record on visa applications from Pakistani nationals and found inconsistencies, saying that while it wasn't clear why some had been refused it also wasn't clear why some had been approved. He reckoned the visa section of the UKBA was guilty of "serious organisational failings".
"In some cases we found it almost impossible to determine why visas had been issued, when others had been refused on identical or very similar evidence," Vine said. "The picture that emerged from my inspection was of a visa section that lacked any strategic direction, leadership or effective communication between each key location."