About us

What we do

The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy and counter-terrorism and works to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK.

The Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, counter-terrorism and police.

Responsibilities

We are responsible for:

  • working on the problems caused by illegal drug use
  • shaping the alcohol strategy, policy and licensing conditions
  • keeping the United Kingdom safe from the threat of terrorism
  • reducing and preventing crime, and ensuring people feel safe in their homes and communities
  • securing the UK border and controlling immigration
  • considering applications to enter and stay in the UK
  • issuing passports and visas
  • supporting visible, responsible and accountable policing by empowering the public and freeing up the police to fight crime
  • fire prevention and rescue

Priorities

Our priorities are to:

  • prevent terrorism
  • cut crime
  • control immigration
  • promote growth
  • transform the Home Office

Read our single departmental plan to find out more about how we are performing against our objectives.

Who we are

Our main offices are based in London, but we also have staff based around the country.

We are supported by a number of agencies and public bodies including:

Corporate information

Read about the types of information we routinely publish in our Publication scheme. Our Personal information charter explains how we treat your personal information.

Corporate reports