Naturalisation of European citizens

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Alessandro Riolo

To the UK Border Agency,
to whom it may concern,

Dear Sir or Madam,

In the summary above and in the following question, for the sake of simplicity "European citizen" means an "EEA or Swiss national, cumulatively".

Could you please let me know for each month of 2010, 2011 and the first semester of 2012 the monthly number of applications received from European citizens to naturalise as British citizens on the basis of residence in the United Kingdom?

Could you also please let me know the total number of decision taken and the pending number of applications for each of the months in the period mentioned above.

Yours faithfully,

Alessandro Riolo

Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ), UK Border Agency

Dear Alessandro Riolo

Thank you for your e mails (4) concerning the above matter. We are currently dealing with your enquiries and will respond shortly.

Kind Regards

FOI Team

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Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ), UK Border Agency

Grateful if you could let me know if you can accept the below request. I'm sorry that they are a bit confusing, although the cost limit may apply given that he has asked such varied questions.


FOI Team
0208 196 3057

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Alessandro Riolo

Dear Freedom Of Information Team (IND),

Dear Paul,

thank you for your prompt answers, please feel free to ask any further clarification about my questions, if needed.

Also, feel free to consider the 4 requests as a single one regarding the cost limit, I have never expected otherwise.

That said, I would like to let you know that I didn't split the questions in 4 requests to circumvent the cost limit, of which I am aware, but for a series of other reasons:

- to try to simplify your understanding of those questions; I thought 4 specifically titled requests would have been easier to understand and deal with, instead of one big request mixing different, even if correlated, questions;

- I thought that, using the definitions of the requests, scenarios such as "Naturalisation of European citizens" (#1) or "Naturalisation of married European citizens" (#2) should have been pretty well identified and already reported from the UK BA, at least internally, so I was hoping to get a quick response for those questions. I have to admit I would not be surprised if the answer to the request #1 could already be publicly available, only I am afraid I was not able to find out where, if so;

- I did hope that the "Nationalisation of married European citizens: discretionality of freedom from time restriction requisite" (#3) scenario could have already been identified, and reported, but in every case I didn't thought it was going to require a big amount of time and effort to answer this question, as it is merely a refinement of the previous query;

- I did suspect the "Nationalisation of married European citizens: one partner resident for less than 5 years" (#4) could have been a tougher nut to crack, and I would not be surprised if the UK BA is not yet ready to report about this arguably more obscure and unusual scenario, but I felt that sending this request on its own may have let me express that on the clearest possible way.

If you feel or estimate that answering the 4 requests would bring the cost beyond the limit, to bring it down:

- feel free to drop the request #4;
- feel free to report only on the last 12 months (albeit I am not sure how much it could save, if anything).

That said, if I may, I would suggest the UK BA to invest some of its resources to identify, analyse, report and above all create public documentation on scenario #4, independently from my FOI request.

I have found absolutely nothing in the UK BA web site and literature regarding this scenario, but as I have started to read reports of people claiming to have successfully followed this route, I suspect I may not be the only person who may ask you further information about that in the next future.

Yours sincerely,

Alessandro Riolo

NW Region FOI, UK Border Agency

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Dear Mr. Riolo,


I attach our reply to your recent request made under the Freedom of
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Alessandro Riolo

Dear NW Region FOI,

Dear Paul,

thank you for your prompt responses,

Yours sincerely,

Alessandro Riolo

Alessandro Riolo left an annotation ()

As per above, the request was answered by the UK BA in FOI 23295.

The response answered 85% of the questions proposed in, they could not give the monthly break down of the pending applications due the "Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act" as this number is very low.

FOI 23295 also answers 85% of the questions I posed in

FOI 23295 also explains that due the structure of their Case Information Database at the moment they would not be able to answer and under the terms of the Freedom of
Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, as that would cost them more than the £600 cost limit.

I am going to mark all four questions as partially answered, but I would suggest UK BA to consider enhancing their CID database schema to facilitate reporting on the proposing scenarios.

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