The role of the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration was established in section 48 of the UK Borders Act 2007. The Chief Inspector does not investigate individual cases, but may consider or draw conclusions about an individual case for the purpose of, or in the context of, considering a general issue.
The Chief Inspector’s team currently consists of 30 members of staff.
The ICIBI’s purpose is to help improve the efficiency, effectiveness and consistency of the Home Office’s border and immigration functions through unfettered, impartial and evidence-based inspection.
The Chief Inspector published a revised three year inspection plan in April 2018 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/icibi-inspection-plan-2018-19-to-2019-20). The plan takes account of identified or perceived areas of risk and of the views and priorities of stakeholders, including within the Home Office. The Chief Inspector may vary the published plan in-year, if necessary.
The ICIBI shares the Civil Service Values.