About the Home Office
What we do
The first duty of the government is to keep citizens safe and the country secure. The Home Office has been at the front line of this endeavour since 1782. As such, the Home Office plays a fundamental role in the security and economic prosperity of the United Kingdom.
The Home Office is one of the original great Departments of State and has one of the most challenging jobs in government. Its mission is fundamentally important: to keep Britain’s streets safe and its borders secure. Each and every member of Home Office staff plays a part in making that happen.
The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy, counter-extremism and counter-terrorism and works to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK. These issues are at the heart of the Government’s agenda. The challenges the Department faces are significant and can change rapidly in the global environment in which we operate. This makes it one of the most exciting and stimulating Departments to work in.
The Home Office includes:
- Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, which works with other departments and agencies to ensure an effective and coordinated response to the threat of terrorism and organised crime;
- Office for Counter-Extremism responsible for delivering a significant programme of work to protect communities from the harm extremism causes, including hate crime, to counter extremist influence by promoting British values and to improve integration through a new cohesive communities programme
- Crime and Policing Group, which works through the police service and other partners;
- International and Immigration Policy Group which coordinates our work in Europe and overseas as well as our overall policy approach to tackling migration and border issues;
- Border Force, which is responsible for securing the UK border and controlling migration at 138 ports and airports across the UK and overseas;
- A high volume UK Visas and Immigration Command that makes high-quality decisions about who comes here, with a culture of customer satisfaction for businessmen and visitors who want to come here legally;
- An Immigration Enforcement Command that gets tough on those who break our immigration laws;
- Her Majesty’s Passport Office which is responsible for issuing UK passports and for overseeing the system of civil registration in England and Wales;
- A small strategic centre, which advises the Home Office board on strategy and direction, as well as the allocation of resources;
- Professional services - including legal advice, human resources, financial and commercial, communications, and programme and project management support.