15 May 2012 #Immigration
Following on from our recent blog and the British Airport Authority’s (BAA) announcement that in April the UK Border Force failed to meet its target at Heathrow Airport for processing passengers from outside the European Economic Area though immigration.
The target for the Border Force is to process non-EAA nationals in less than 45 minutes for 95% of the time. The worst terminal was Terminal 5 which missed its target 23 out of 30 days. The longest wait was at Terminal 4 where passengers had to wait three hours before getting through arrivals. According to BAA, the UK Border force at Heathrow met its 25 minute target for EEA and Swiss nationals most of the time.
As the BBC reported, leaked figures show that the UK Border Force have cut around 880 officers (10% of staff) and a further 1,550 officer post could possibly go by 2014/15. However Damien Green, the Immigration Minister, said the issue was not just about staff numbers but about how and when they were deployed and he guaranteed that all border control desks would be fully manned during the London Olympic Games.