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New Procedure to request personal information held by UK Visas and Immigration

UKVI recently initiated a new procedure to request personal information that is held on the Home Office’s immigration records (this is also known as a ‘subject access request’).

There are 3 types of request you can make:

Basic

Your request will be free of charge and you will receive a response within 20 days of your identity being verified by the Home Office.

You can request a copy of:

  • an electronic summary of your immigration history
  • landing cards we hold electronically
  • an electronic summary of entry clearance records
  • Workers Registration Scheme (WRS) information
  • entry and exit records for the past 5 years

Most people find that this option gives them all the information they need.

Specific

This is a new pilot option, which allows you to request information usually only available through a detailed request. This request is also free of charge and you will receive a response within 20 days of your identity being verified by the Home Office.

You can request copies of up to 5 single documents, including:

  • a list of your visa applications made in the UK
  • a particular decision letter
  • the outcome of an appeal (appeal determination)
  • an individual detention progress report
  • a deportation order
  • a particular interview record

If you need more information than the single documents in this list, you will need to make a detailed request.

Detailed

This allows you to request a copy of your full Home Office file. Your request will cost £10 and you will receive a response within 40 days of your identity being verified by the Home Office.

Initially, you will be sent an electronic summary of your immigration history (as with a basic application) as this gives most people what they need. However, this option allows you to request further information from your Home Office file if you still need it.

You can apply via  the online application and this will reduce the time it takes to respond to your request. If you choose the detailed option, you will also be able to provide payment online using a credit or debit card or PayPal.

You can use the online application form to request access to personal information held by UKVI.

You can still make an application in writing, ensuring that you supply all the supporting documents listed in the ‘evidence to send’ section below and post to:

Subject Access Request Unit
UK Visas and Immigration
Lunar House
40 Wellesley Road
Croydon CR9 2BY

Full details of the process and evidence required can be read here.

Disclaimer: No material or information provided on this website should be construed as legal advice. Readers should always seek appropriate professional advice to resolve their Legal Matters.
About the Author
Adarsh Girijadevi

  Adarsh Girijadevi

Adarsh Girijadevi is the founding Director and Head of the Immigration at City Legal Services Ltd. He has immense experience in Immigration Law and is accredited at Level 3 (the highest level) by the OISC.

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