Personal details of Referee - Naturalisation application

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Dear Home Office,

The naturalisation form (paper/online) states that passport number of the referee must be provided, if they are a British Citizen.

1) Although the referee may know the applicant as a friend, colleague or in a professional capacity, are they obliged to share sensitive personal details (date of birth & passport number) with the applicant?

2) Will the application be rejected if the applicant does not provide the details (date of birth & passport number) for the referees?

3) If the details (date of birth & passport number) are deemed mandatory, is there any plan for Home Office to collect the sensitive information directly from the nominated referees?

Yours faithfully,
Shankar

FOI Requests, Home Office

Dear Shankar,

 

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January 2019 outside the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
This is because it does not meet the criteria for a Freedom of Information
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Further Nationality Enquiries, Home Office

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Dear Shankar

 

Thank you for the email,

 

It is a pre requisite to have a referee with the applications, however it
is not mandatory to supply their passport number. In each instance whereby
you acquire a referee then it is always expected that you have sought
their permission beforehand and that they are happy for you to supply the
Home Office with their details.

 

If the applicant does not wish to supply these details then a member of
staff based at the Home Office have the capacity to contact the referee to
ascertain any further information.

 

The answer to whether the application will be rejected is no. Only if the
applicant refuses to supply a referee would we consider refusal. If there
was a valid reason substantiated with evidence then we may consider
waiving the requirement.

 

 

Regards

 

M Goode

UK Visas and Immigration

 

[1]www.gov.uk/ukvi

 

We would like to hear about your experience and invite you to spend a few
moments completing this customer satisfaction survey:

[2]www.homeofficesurveys.homeoffice.gov.uk/s/108105TAZNG

 

 

 

From: Shankar [[3]mailto:[FOI #544313 email]]
Sent: 13 January 2019 13:11
To: FOI Requests
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Personal details of Referee -
Naturalisation application

 

Dear Home Office,

 

The naturalisation form (paper/online) states that passport number of the
referee must be provided, if they are a British Citizen.

 

1)         Although the referee may know the applicant as a friend,
colleague or in a professional capacity, are they obliged to share
sensitive personal details (date of birth & passport number) with the
applicant?

 

2)         Will the application be rejected if the applicant does not
provide the details (date of birth & passport number) for the referees?

 

3)         If the details (date of birth & passport number) are deemed
mandatory, is there any plan for Home Office to collect the sensitive
information directly from the nominated referees?

 

Yours faithfully,

Shankar

 

 

 

 

 

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From: FOI Requests
Sent: 14 January 2019 08:47
To: Digital Correspondence Allocation Team
Subject: FW: Freedom of Information request - Personal details of Referee
- Naturalisation application

 

DCA,

 

Please see below for your attention. This e-mail was received in the FOI
inbox, but is to be handled as ‘business as usual’ correspondence.  Please
advise the team dealing with it that a response needs to be sent within 20
working days.

 

 

Thank you,

 

Noel Mckenzie

Information Rights Team, Knowledge and Information Management Unit

Performance, Assurance and Governance Directorate

Capabilities & Resources

 

Home Office

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