The UK Home Office

The UK Home Office


First established in the year 1782, the Home Office is a ministerial department for the United Kingdom’s government that is responsible for immigration and passports, drugs policy, fire, counter-terrorism and police, it is basically the equivalent of what is called the Interior Ministry in other countries.

The main responsibilities for the department are as follows:

  • Administer illegal drug use and working on the problems caused by it.
  • Publishing policies and guidance with reference to alcohol strategy, policy and licensing conditions.
  • Secure the United Kingdom from any threats of terrorism.
  • Responsibility of managing the internal safety of the United Kingdom, and ensuring the safety and security of people.
  • Administer the UK border and making sure that immigration procedures are secured.
  • Manage and process 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.

The Home Office is currently supported by 30 agencies and public bodies, including 

  • Border Force
  • HM Passport Office
  • Immigration Enforcement
  • UK Visas and Immigration


UK Home Office Official Website