Ministerial role

Minister of State for Immigration

Responsibilities

The minister is responsible for:

  • immigration and border policy (including non-EU migration to the UK; family reunion; border security; detention and removal policy; asylum policy; post-Brexit immigration policy for EU nationals)
  • assisting Secretary of State with all policy on exiting the European Union
  • international policy, including EU Justice and Home Affairs
  • border security
  • foreign national offenders (management in immigration detention and deportation to country of origin)
  • resettlement policy (including the operation of Home Office resettlement programmes: Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme; Gateway; Mandate; and Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme)
  • implementation of the Immigration Act 2016
  • UK Visas and Immigration
  • Immigration Enforcement
  • Border Force
  • Her Majesty’s Passport Office
  • Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
  • Home Office immigration transparency data
  • net migration statistics

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP

Brandon Lewis was appointed Minister of State for Immigration on 11 June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth in 2010.

Education

Brandon has a BSc Economics and LLB Hons (Law) from the University of Buckingham. He also holds an LLM in commercial law from King’s College London.

Political career

Brandon was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government from September 2012 until July 2014. He served as Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government from July 2014 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Brandon is a qualified barrister and a company director. Before joining the government, Brandon was an active member of a number of all-party parliamentary groups, including those for enterprise zones and local growth as well as local government. He was co-chair of a group on coastal erosion and continues to work with colleagues who represent other coastal towns to highlight common issues in their constituencies.

Brandon served on Brentwood Borough Council for more than 10 years, with 5 as leader.

Personal life

Brandon is married with 2 children. He enjoys a variety of sports as well as reading and going to the theatre and cinema. He has also completed the London Marathon twice.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Robert Goodwill MP

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP

    • 2014 to 2015

Announcements

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  1. 'Outdated’ landing cards to be withdrawn as part of digital border transformation

    • News story
  2. Immigration Minister on section 67 of the Immigration Act

    • Statement to Parliament
  3. Customers to benefit from online passport application roll out

    • News story
  4. 5,000 refugees arrive since Syrian scheme expanded

    • Press release
  5. Counterfeit Christmas gifts seized by Border Force

    • News story
  6. Immigration Minister opens new passport office in Durham

    • News story
  7. Immigration Minister signs agreement with Nigeria on returning stolen criminal assets

    • News story
  8. Government launches National Transfer Scheme for migrant children

    • News story
  9. New powers to strengthen coastal security

    • News story
  10. Immigration Bill receives Royal Assent

    • News story