Minister of State for Immigration

The Minister for Immigration is a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Home Office of the Government of the United Kingdom. Previously, the role had been of Minister of State level, but under Boris Johnson it was downgraded to its current status of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.

United Kingdom
Minister for Immigration
Royal Arms as used by the Her Majesty's Government
Incumbent
Seema Kennedy

since 26 July 2019
Home Office
UK Visas and Immigration
StyleThe Right Honourable
(Formal prefix)
Immigration Minister
(Informal)
Member ofBritish Cabinet
Reports toThe Home Secretary
SeatWestminster, London
AppointerThe British Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderThe Rt Hon. Timothy Raison
Formation4 May 1979
Website

From June 2017 to July 2019, the role attended cabinet.

Responsibilities

The minister is responsible for:

  • Second at the Home Office
  • Additional member of Cabinet, supporting Home Secretary.
  • 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
  • HM Passport Office
  • Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
  • Home Office immigration transparency data
  • net migration statistics

Ministers of State for Immigration

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Notes
Tim Raison 6 May 1979 6 January 1983 Conservative Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for the Immigration and Nationality Department
David Waddington 6 January 1983 13 June 1987 Conservative Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for the Immigration and Nationality Department
Tim Renton 13 June 1987 25 July 1989 Conservative Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for the Immigration and Nationality Department
Peter Lloyd 25 July 1989 15 April 1992 Conservative Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for the Immigration and Nationality Department
Charles Wardle 15 April 1992 20 July 1994 Conservative Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for the Immigration and Nationality Department
Emily Blatch 20 July 1994 2 May 1997 Conservative Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for the Immigration and Nationality Department
Michael O'Brien 5 May 1997 28 July 1999 Labour Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Immigration
Barbara Roche 28 July 1999 11 June 2001 Labour Minister of State for Asylum and Immigration
The Lord Rooker 11 June 2001 29 May 2002 Labour
Beverley Hughes 29 May 2002 1 April 2004 Labour Minister of State for Citizenship, Immigration and Community Cohesion (2002-2003)
Minister of State for Citizenship, Immigration and Counter-Terrorism (2003-2004) [1]
Resigned over illegal immigration visa scandal[2]
Des Browne 1 April 2004 6 May 2005 Labour Minister of State for Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality[3]
Tony McNulty 16 May 2005 23 May 2006 Labour Minister of State for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality[4]
Liam Byrne 23 May 2006 3 October 2008 Labour Minister of State for Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality (2006-2007)
Minister of State for Borders and Immigration (2007-2008)[5]
Phil Woolas 3 October 2008 11 May 2010 Labour Minister of State for Borders and Immigration
Damian Green 13 May 2010 4 September 2012 Conservative Minister of State for Immigration[6][7]
Mark Harper 4 September 2012 8 February 2014 Conservative Minister of State for Immigration
James Brokenshire 8 February 2014 14 July 2016 Conservative Minister for Security and Immigration
Robert Goodwill 16 July 2016 11 June 2017 Conservative Minister of State for Immigration
Brandon Lewis 11 June 2017 8 January 2018 Conservative Minister of State for Immigration & International [8]

Member of Cabinet

Caroline Nokes 8 January 2018 24 July 2019 Conservative Minister of State for Immigration

Member of Cabinet

Seema Kennedy 26 July 2019 Present Conservative Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Immigration

References

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2011-02-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Hughes resigns over visa scam row
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-26. Retrieved 2011-02-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-28. Retrieved 2011-02-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. Page 40"Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-02-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-28. Retrieved 2011-02-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. "Government response to Catherine West's letter on international students". Catherine West MP. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
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