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Requests for your personal data kept by Home Office or UK Immigration Border

A guide to making a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act

The Home Office and its Agencies are committed, under the Freedom of Information Act to:

  • promote informed policy making and debate;
  • provide timely and accessible information to explain the department's
  • policies, actions and decisions; and
  • respond to requests for information.

Any request to the Home Office for information will be handled in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Requests for information

The Home Office proactively publishes a wide range of information. In addition, in late 2002, government departments established publication schemes under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Therefore, you may first wish to search the Home Office Publication Scheme, departmental websites or check with the General Enquiries section to find out if the information you require has already been published or if there are plans to do so. Alternatively, if you know which part of the office might deal with the information you require, then contact them direct.


The Home Office target for meeting requests for information is twenty working days.

Requests for personal data

The Data Protection Act 1998 governs the processing of personal data (information relating to living individuals). This legislation makes it possible for you to request access to personal data that the Home Office may hold about you. A request for disclosure of such information is called a subject access request.

Should you wish to know more about your rights under the Data Protection Act 1998 you should consult the Office of the Information Commissioner's website

Limits of disclosure

The Home Office will disclose information wherever possible. However, in certain limited circumstances, it will be necessary to preserve confidentiality where it is not in the public interest to disclose. Where information is refused, the Home Office will specify which exemption is being claimed and why. All requests for information will be carefully considered on their own merits and with close regard to the public interest.

UK Border Agency freedom of information requests

UK Border Agency
Central Freedom of Information Team
11th Floor
Lunar House, Short Corridor
40 Wellesley Road

Public enquiries
Tel: 0870 606 7766

FOI enquiries
Fax: 020 8196 3172

Extracted from UK Border Agency

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