UKBA (or the equivalent department(s)) policy

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Dear Home Office,

REQUEST ONE
Please provide any documents which constitute a policy relating to the review process for decision making by Home Office/UKBA (or its equivalent) officers/caseworkers/staff/other in the following situations, where the initial decision involved the visa being:

a) granted
b) refused

REQUEST TWO
Please provide the number of decisions where the cases were reviewed either by a peer or a senior colleague within Home Office/UKBA (or its equivalent and not limited to officers/caseworkers/staff), where the initial decision involved the visa being:

a) granted
b) refused

BritCits

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Dear FOI Requests,

The response to my request has been delayed, as you are legally required to have responded promptly, and certainly by no later than 20 August 2013.

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From: BritCits [mailto:[FOI #169826 email]]
Sent: 21 August 2013 08:57
To: FOI Requests
Subject: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - UKBA (or the
equivalent department(s)) policy

 

Dear FOI Requests,

 

The response to my request has been delayed, as you are legally required
to have responded promptly, and certainly by no later than 20 August 2013.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

BritCits

 

 

 

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Britcits,

 

Please find attached the response to your Internal Review time complaint.

 

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J Kirby

 

 

 

 

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Please note that as per your letter dated 2nd September, I have been expecting a response within the 10 working days noted. Today is the last of the 10 working days. I trust you will ensure that the response will be received today.

Yours sincerely,

BritCits

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Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Please find attached the reply to your FOI enquiry.

 

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Dear VSD - FOI Enquiries,

Please note, contrary to your response, the instructions do not appear to be enclosed.

Yours sincerely,

BritCits

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Dear Sir/Madam

Please accept my apologies for omitting to send the OPI.
Please now find attached.

Kind regards
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Dear VSD - FOI Enquiries,

Thank you for the instructions.

Further to the figures provided in your initial response, of 196,363 initial decisions of "issued" visas and 112 484 of "refused visas" (at initial stage) reviewed, please also provide:

a) what percentage of the visa applications each of these figures represents
b) what these numbers of 196,363 and 112,484 were amended to, post-review.

Yours sincerely,

BritCits

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Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Please find attached the reply to your FOI request.

 

Kind regards

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Dear VSD - FOI Enquiries,

Thank you for your response.

You have not answered the first part of my question relating to the breakdown of the original applications number 2,571,460 amongst the visa categories relating to the instructions you sent on 14 October, nor the breakdown of the cases reviewed by the ECM. That is, of the 2,571,460, 196,363 and 112,484 cases, how many are settelement visa applications and how many are non-settlement visa applications?

Your two responses are also a little contradictory in the data contained, therefore please also confirm my understanding of your response.

In the period April 2012 - March 2013, 2,571,460 applications were made.

Of these, ECM reviewed 196,363 of the applications which the caseworker originally granted a visa to, amending the number of visas issued to 189,399.

The ECM reviewed 112,484 of the applications which the caseworker originally refused a visa for, with the number of refusals post ECM review decreasing to 98,073.

Finally, please confirm when the instructions you sent me came into effect?

Yours sincerely

BritCits

Wayne Pearsall left an annotation ()

Remember to include the reference number to the request :)

VSD - FOI Enquiries, Home Office

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Dear Sir/Madam

 

Please find attached our reply to your FOI request.

 

 

Stuart Melrose

Midlands, East of England and International responder hub

Customer Service Improvement (CSI)

UK Visas and Immigration

Home Office

 

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