Validation of Sponsor Register by UKBA

Peter Kellard made this Freedom of Information request to UK Border Agency

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Dear UK Border Agency,

When the PBS went live in 2008 sponsors wishing to bring workers into the UK via the Tier 2 route (general and ICT) were added to the sponsor register by the UKBA and for many of these sponsors no visits had been made by the UKBA to validate that they were bona fide organisations.

Will you show by quarter the number of organisations on the register, how many have had visits by the UKBA to ensure they are valid sponsors and the number which have been removed from the register by the UKBA for failure to meet the required standard since the introduction of the PBS in 2008.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Kellard

Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ), UK Border Agency

Dear Mr Peter Kellard

Thank you for your email below

Your request is being dealt with and you will receive a response shortly.

UKBA
Freedom of Information Team

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NEYH, Freedom of Information,

Dear Mr Kellard,

Thank you for your enquiry of 4 November. This falls to be dealt with
under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

I have been in the process of establishing the information we hold. I am
currently unclear about the exact scope of the information you require.
Section 1(3) of the Freedom of Information Act provides that a public
authority need not comply with a request for information unless any
further information reasonably required to identify and locate the
information is supplied.

You requested the following information.

'When the PBS went live in 2008 sponsors wishing to bring workers into
the UK via the Tier 2 route (general and ICT) were added to
the sponsor register by the UKBA and for many of these sponsors no
visits had been made by the UKBA to validate that they were bona
fide organisations.

(1) Will you show by quarter the number of organisations on the register
(2) how many have had visits by the UKBA to ensure they are
valid sponsors and (3) the number which have been removed from the
register by the UKBA for failure to meet the required standard
since the introduction of the PBS in 2008.'

I can confirm that we hold information in response to question (1 ) and
(3).
In regards to question 2, visit information is not available before 1
October 2010. From the 1 October 2010 until 1 April 2011 visit
information is available per Tier 2 with no further category
breakdown. From 1 April 2011 visit information is broken down by
category i.e. TIER 2 (General) and Tier 2 (ICT). Please confirm if you
wish to receive this information.
When you provide this information we will aim to send you a full
response to your request within twenty working days of its receipt. I
look forward to hearing from you shortly. However, please note that if I
do not receive appropriate clarification of your request within three
months from the date of this letter, I will consider this request to be
closed.
Kind Regards

Sandra
Sandra Birkinshaw
Freedom of Information Team
North East, Yorkshire and the Humber Region
UK Border Agency
PO Box 3468
Sheffield S3 8WA

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Dear Ms Birkinshaw

Thank you for your reply, please will you provide the information as you have outlined in your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Kellard

Dear Ms Birkinshaw,

Will you provide an update as to when I can expect to receive an answer to this request?

Yours sincerely,

Peter Kellard

Dear UK Border Agency,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of UK Border Agency's handling of my FOI request 'Validation of Sponsor Register by UKBA'.

This request is long overdue.

I would prefer that the request for information is just answered. However if it takes an internal review to get an answer and also an explanation as to why the request has not been dealt in a timely manner we can go down that route.

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

Yours faithfully,

Peter Kellard

Hussain Isra, UK Border Agency

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Dear Mr Kellard

 

Please be advised that the response was sent out on 29/12/12 within the
statutory deadline.

 

We believe there may have been a problem with the whatdotheyknowwebsite at
the time.

 

Regards

 

UKBA

 

Freedom of Information Team

From: Fisher Christine
Sent: 21 February 2012 11:30
To: Hussain Isra
Subject: FW: FOI Response 20929

 

As requested

 

Chris

 

From: Freedom Of Information Team ( IND )
Sent: 29 December 2011 13:04
To: '[FOI #92211 email]'
Subject: FOI Response 20929

 

Peter Kellard,

 

Please find attached a response to your request made under the Freedom of
Information Act.

 

Kind regards,

 

Ben Smith

Freedom of Information Act Policy Team

Senior Policy Advisor

UK Border Agency

Lunar House - 11th Floor - Short Corridor

40 Wellesley Road, Croydon

CR9 2BY

 

 

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Dear Mr Smith,

Thank you for answering my request. It does appear there has been a problem with the whatdotheyknow website, I will pass on your comments to them. From your side did you receive my follow up message dated 11th January 2012?

Yours sincerely,

Peter Kellard

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