OPIs issued since Aug 2012

Robert Simpson made this Freedom of Information request to Home Office

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The request was refused by Home Office.

Dear Home Office,

This is an FOI request to UKVI.

I would like to request all OPIs (which might also be called eGrams) issued after the OPI entitled "Gratis Visas for LE Staff" (number 361, issued 10 August 2012), up to and including OPIs issued on 26 October 2014.

For each OPI I would like the full text of the OPI. Where it is not clearly marked in the text, I would like to also know OPI number, its title, and its date of issue.

Should any portion of a requested OPI be exempt from release by statute, I ask that the minimal possible portion of material be redacted, and the rest of the material be released in its entirety. Please mark each individual redaction with the relevant FOI legal excuse(s) for withholding that specific section.

Should any OPI be withheld in its entirety, I would request that the “title”, “date of issue”, “number”, and number of pages be provided, along with the specific reason(s) that the OPI was withheld.

While I hope this request is clear, if you have any questions about it, please immediately send me an email so I can clarify. By doing this, we can save ourselves time and effort.

Yours faithfully,

Robert

FOI Requests, Home Office

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The Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000 provides public access to
recorded information held by the department.

If you have a general immigration enquiry, or require an update on a
specific case, yuo shoul;d contact UKVI directly, contact information can
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https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration

If you have submitted a valid FoI request, we will acknowledge your
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FOI Requests, Home Office

Thank you for contacting the Home Office with your request. This has been assigned FOI Ref 33350. We will aim to send you a full reposnse by 24/11/2014, which is Twenty working days from the date we received your request.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate in contacting us

Thank you

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Dear Sir,

 

Please find attached the reply to your FOI request.

 

Kind regards

FOI Team

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Dear Home Office,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Home Office's handling of my FOI request 'OPIs issued since Aug 2012' (your ref 33350).

You have replied that you hold the information that I have requested and that you have identified "about 160 OPIs".

You have refused to provide the OPIs on the basis of the cost of reviewing and redacting exceeding £600, referring to "seek permission to release, redact and produce in a reportable format"

The ICO provides guidance for Home Office at http://ico.org.uk/for_organisations/free... They specifically exclude the option to refuse on such grounds, saying: "You cannot take into account the time you are likely to need to decide whether exemptions apply, to redact (edit out) exempt information, or to carry out the public interest test." Should any of this be unclear, I suggest you consult with an experienced FOI reviewer in Home Office or directly with the ICO.

Please release the information requested.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/o...

Yours faithfully,

Robert Simpson

FOI Requests, Home Office

Thank you for contacting the Home Office FOI Requests mailbox.

The Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000 provides public access to
recorded information held by the department.

If you have submitted a valid FoI request, we will acknowledge your
request within 48 hours, and aim to provide the information requested
within 20 working days as specified under the FoI Act

PLEASE NOTE

If you have a general immigration enquiry, or require an update on a
specific case, you should contact UKVI directly, contact information can
be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati... and
[1]https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration

General enquiries should be directed to
[2][email address]  

 

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FOI Requests, Home Office

Robert Simpson

 

Thank you for contacting the Home Office

 

This will be handled as an Internal Review of your Freedom of Information
request (case ref 33350)

 

The Internal Review has been assigned to a caseworker to investigate and
respond to you in due course.

 

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

 

Thank you

 

FOI Requests

Home Office

 

 

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Dear FOI Requests,

It has now been 40 days since I requested an internal review for my Freedom of Information request (case ref 33350).

ICO guidance is that internal reviews should be done within 20 days.

Will I be receiving the results of the review this week?

Yours sincerely,

Robert Simpson

FOI Requests, Home Office

Thank you for contacting the Home Office FOI Requests mailbox.

The Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000 provides public access to
recorded information held by the department.

If you have submitted a valid FoI request, we will acknowledge your
request within 48 hours, and aim to provide the information requested
within 20 working days as specified under the FoI Act

PLEASE NOTE

If you have a general immigration enquiry, or require an update on a
specific case, you should contact UKVI directly, contact information can
be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati... and
[1]https://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration

General enquiries should be directed to
[2][email address]  

 

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Amit Hidri left an annotation ()

#You know when you've asked the correct question, because they refuse you as either Vexatious or on Cost grounds.

FOI Responses, Home Office

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Dear Mr Simpson,

 

Please see the attached acknowledgement.

 

Kind regards

 

Information Access Team

Knowledge and Information Management Unit

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Simpson,

 

Please see the attached letter.

 

Kind regards

 

Information Access Team

Knowledge and Information Management Unit

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert Simpson left an annotation ()

ICO has written to the home office to point out that this internal review is overdue.

Robert Simpson left an annotation ()

Followup contact with ICO today

FOI Responses, Home Office

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Dear Mr Simpson

Please find attached the response to your request for an internal review
-request ref: CR33350.

 

Kind regards

 

Information Access Team

Knowledge and Information Management Unit

 

 

 

 

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Robert Simpson left an annotation ()

Refused on Section 14(1) grounds. No attempt to contact me to narrow or reduce the scope of the request!

Robert Simpson left an annotation ()

FS50571757

Clive Waterman left an annotation ()

So they want you to apply for ten at a time... with two months break in between each application...

There are currently 160 OPI's... This would mean sixteen requests... taking 32 months (two years and eight months)...
Nice proposal they have there?

Robert Simpson left an annotation ()

ICO has considered this refusal and has ruled against Home Offices statement that this request is vexatious. Looking forward to hearing from Home Office

Brook Adrian (IMS), Home Office

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Dear Mr Simpson

 

Please see the attached letter about your FOI request.

 

Sincerely

 

Adrian Brook

Information Rights Team

Knowledge and Information Management Unit

Performance and Risk Directorate

 

Home Office | 4th Floor | Peel Building | 2 Marsham Street | London SW1P
4DF

Tel: 020 7035 1022

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Ganesh Sittampalam left an annotation ()

The Information Tribunal has previously found that an authority can't automatically claim s12 late:

http://www.informationtribunal.gov.uk/DB...

(Shorter URL as the WDTK site software breaks the link: http://tinyurl.com/hx39rlg)