UK Delays and disruption - Passengers and immigrants may be affected

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced that there may be delays and disruption to services for immigrants and those travelling on Monday 8 March and Tuesday 9 March. This is due to strike action by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS).

Lin Homer Chief Executive of the UKBA has said that plans are in place to minimise potential disruption. Lin Homer had the following to say:

'We are disappointed that PCS members have voted in favour of industrial action. It means that the travelling public are likely to suffer disruption and delays at border control as a result of this two-day action.

'We have robust plans in place to ensure that the essential work of the UK Border Agency is maintained and the border remains secure. UK border security will not be compromised by this industrial action.

'We expect that people travelling into the country may experience some delays at border control, but we will work hard to keep these to a minimum and hope that passengers will welcome the commitment of those staff who will be working despite the strike action to ensure they are seen as quickly as possible.

'I am sure the public will find it difficult to understand the PCS continuing to protest on their own against a package which brings the Civil Service into line with the rest of the public sector and still offers more generous terms than much of the private sector.'

UK immigration says that they expect some disruption to services on Monday and Tuesday at some contact centres, public enquiry offices and immigration reporting centres:

  • The Immigration enquiry bureau will be providing a reduced service; You will still be able to book appointments at public enquiry offices using the online booking service;

  • The nationality contact centre and asylum support contact centre will be closed.

  • There may be delays in processing claims at Croydon public enquiry office. will keep you informed of any developments.