UK Borders Act 2007

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The UK Borders Act 2007[1]
Long title An Act to make provision about immigration and asylum; and for connected purposes.
Citation 2007 c 30
Royal assent 30 October 2007
History of passage through Parliament
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The UK Borders Act 2007 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom about immigration and asylum. Amongst other things, it introduced compulsory biometric residence permits for non-EU immigrants and introduced greater powers for immigration control.[2] It received Royal Assent on 30 October 2007 with sections 17[3] and 59 to 61[4] coming into force on that day.

The first commencement order made under section 59 of the Act brought sections 1-4, 5-8, 14, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 29-31 and 40-43 fully into force on 31 January 2008.[5] The same commencement order brought sections 10, 11, 13, 16 and 26 either partially into force, or into force subject to transitional provisions, on the same day. Repeals relating to the Immigration Act 1971, Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005, Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and section 130 of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 were also commenced on 31 January.

Among other provisions, the Act provides immigration officers with several police-like powers, such as detention, entry, search and seizure.[6] It also created The Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency.


  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 61(1) of this Act.
  2. ^ "Yesterday in parliament". The Guardian. London. 31 October 2007.
  3. ^ The UK Borders Act 2007, section 59(1)
  4. ^ The Interpretation Act 1978, section 4(b)
  5. ^ The UK Borders Act 2007 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2008 No. 99 (C. 2)
  6. ^ "A-Z of legislation: UK Borders Act 2007". The Guardian. London. 19 January 2009.

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