Passport return after renunciation of British citizenship

The request was refused by Home Office.

Dear Home Office,

I have not been able to find this information on any UK government website and, therefore, make this request under the FOI Act.

My query is: When British Citizenship (by birth) is renounced using Form RN1 sent to the Home Office, are cancelled passports normally returned to the person who is renouncing their British citizenship. Some people have important visas in their British passports and, even though the passport has been cancelled, it is still necessary to maintain copies of the visas (even though they are not valid).

I look forward to receiving the reply within the FOIA required timeline.

Yours faithfully,

John Kelly

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Wayne Pearsall left an annotation ()

Interesting point... visas remain the property of the issuing authority, just like a passport. The home Office do noth have the authority to retain or destroy them...

Dear FOI Requests,

I am still awaiting a response to this request.

Please see this link for further information:
www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/190745/re...

Yours sincerely,

John Kelly

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Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ), Home Office

Dear Mr Kelly

I can inform you that we have no record of your original request, however, it has been agreed that your request is not to be treated as a FOI request.

It has therefore been passed to colleagues in Nationality Enquiries for them to deal with as a routine enquiry

Information Access Team

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Peter Symonds left an annotation ()

Your request is not an FOI request, so it has been refused, but as someone who has renounced British citizenship, I can confirm: your passport will not be returned after renunciation.

Once the renunciation has been registered, the passport will be sent to the Passport Office for cancellation, after which they will destroy it.

A passport cannot be returned to someone who has renounced British nationality.

The passport is the property of the issuing government and is theirs to do with as they wish. The presence of visas issued by other countries does not change the ownership status of the passport, and since a visa includes the nationality of the bearer, it would normally be void upon renunciation.

Anyone who wishes to renounce would be well advised to take a copy of their passport before sending it to the Home Office (or lose it and acquire another one).

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