Statistics of Seized passports of Foreign Nationals

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Dear Home Office,

I will like to know for the reasons of a joint legal action against yourselfs the number foreigners that have had their passports seized by the Home Office and it's previous body the UKBA from 1 January 2012 to present.

We will also like a breakdown of reasons for which the passports were seized and for how long they have been kept by the Home office.

Under section 2 of the HOME OFFICE CIRCULAR 004/2014, you only have the power to seize a foreigners passport if it is an invalid travel documents. With the type face underlined making it the only grounds.

I will like therefore to know how many foreingers have had their passports or travel documents seized under the category of invalid travel documents since 1 January 2012.

I will also like to know in evidence the examination procedure that is undertaken to confirm the validity or otherwise of these passports (as it appears in most of the cases we are handling, the home office just deicided it was invalid with no valid grounds).

Need I remind you that a passport with out a visa is not deemed invalid under the specific acts.

I will also like to know why in the case of case ref: 017696259, despite the relevant authority, being the Ghanaian embassy specifically writing to your end confirming the validity of the Ghanaian passport in question, the home office has not immediately released the passport in question as detailed in paragraph 4(1) and paragraph 18 of the HOME OFFICE CIRCULAR 004/2014 the passport of the case ref in question has not had it's validity confirmed by the letter from the Ghanaian embassy and further investigations not conducted to confirm it's autenticity and immediately returned as instructed under paragraph 18.

Your immediate response will be considered in any further action we decide to take.

Yours faithfully,

John Smith

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Dear Mr Smith

Please find attached a request for clarification concerning your request,
reference 33284

 

 

Yours Sincerely

 

M Riddle

Information Access Caseworker

Performance and Risk Directorate

Home Office

Knowledge and Information Management Unit| Third Floor | Peel Building |
Home Office |

2 Marsham Street | London SW1P 4DF

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Dear FOI Responses,

The term seized is as defined Under section 2 of the HOME OFFICE CIRCULAR 004/2014, to confiscate a foreigners passport if it is an invalid travel documents. With the keyword INVALID highlighted as defined in the above circular and within the powers granted to the home office.

This excludes all those held pending a resolution of an application (delayed or otherwise).

The reference number: 017696259 specifically refers to an EEA applicants reference number as stated in your Certificate of Acknowledgement to the applicant.

Further clarification on why this particular applicants passport is being held (for up to a year) and what further investigation the Home Office may have conducted to prove the travel documents as invalid as they stated in their decision letter to the applicant.

I will also want an official note on why the letter from the Ghanaian consulate confirming the legality and validity of the applicants Ghanaian passport has been disregarded and his passport still being held illegally.

Both Paragraphs above are in based on paragraph 4(1) and
paragraph 18 of the HOME OFFICE CIRCULAR 004/2014. Detailing your responsibility to further investigate the validity of a travel document and on recognition of its validity an immediate return of the document to its legal owner.

Yours sincerely,

John Smith

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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 'Statistics of Seized passports of Foreign Nationals'.

As per the legal there has been a delay in providing a response which should have been recieved no latter than 14th November 2014.

I will like an internal review as to why this has been the case and also a response to my intitial request.

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

Yours faithfully,

John Smith

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Mr Smith,

 

Our records show that  a  response to this request was not due until the
21 November, twenty working days after the receipt of your email of the 24
October. As a result we will not be conducting an Internal Review.

 

 

 

Gareth Wyn Hazzelby

Information Services Centre  Manager

Knowledge and Information Managemnt Unit 

Home Office, Lower Ground Floor,  Seacole,2 Marsham Street, SW1P 4DF

 

 

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Dear Mr Smith

Please find attached an update relating to your request for information
case 33339

 

Yours Sincerely

 

M Riddle

Information Access Caseworker

Performance and Risk Directorate

Home Office

Knowledge and Information Management Unit| Third Floor | Peel Building |
Home Office |

2 Marsham Street | London SW1P 4DF

Switchboard Number: 0207 035 4848

 

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Dear Mr Smith

Please find attached the Home Office response to your request for
infromation, case 33339

 

Yours Sincerely

 

M Riddle

Information Access Caseworker

Performance and Risk Directorate

Home Office

Knowledge and Information Management Unit| Third Floor | Peel Building |
Home Office |

2 Marsham Street | London SW1P 4DF

Switchboard Number: 0207 035 4848

 

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