IBM has beaten EDS and Fujitsu to win a three-year contract with the UK Border Agency (UKBA), to the its strategic systems integration partner for its Immigration Case Work (ICW) programme.

IBM will provide design, consulting and systems integration services for the the new IT system to support the UK Border Agency’s applications process for visas and immigration.

The UK Border Agency is ramping up its IT programme. In August the Home Office declared that its £650m e-Borders project would allow the agency to track almost all non-European nationals arraving in the UK by 2010.

UKBA states the ICW is key to delivering its objective to streamline immigration processes, promote new ways of working and make substantial improvements to IT.

Head of Immigration at the UKBA Matthew Coats: said: “The ICW programme is integral to our work as we carry out the biggest shake up of the immigration system for a generation. It will help us to make fast and fair decisions and manage migration for the benefit of the British public.”

The three-year deal has an option for a further four year extension.

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