Current staus on requirement for immigration checks on bank accounts and data on associated actions

Rob Harrison made this Freedom of Information request to Home Office

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Dear Home Office,

1. It was reported in the Guardian in May 2018 that the government had decided to “suspend controversial immigration checks on thousands of bank accounts in the wake of the Windrush scandal” . Can theHome Office confirm whether this suspension remains in place?

2. Can the Home Office provide information on the number of instructions it has made to banks and building societies to freeze bank accounts, close accounts or take other action associated with the Immigration Act, since the act came into force? Can this information be provided broken out by type of action, by month and by financial institution?

Yours faithfully,

Rob Harrison

FOI Requests, Home Office

Mr Harrison

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request.

This has been assigned to a caseworker (case ref 53152). We will aim to send you a full response by 03/05/2019 which is twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

J Douglas
Home Office
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Dear Mr Harrison,

Please find attached a response to your recent Freedom of Information Act


Kind regards


Home Office

Immigration Enforcement Secretariat.

Freedom of Information & Parliamentary Questions Team

Sandford House

West Midlands


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Mr Harrison,

Please see the attached response to your FOI request.


Immigration Enforcement Secretariat

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