07 Aug How can you make a Subject Access Request?
Prior to submitting an application for leave to enter or remain, a migrant can request a copy of his/her personal information held on the Home Office’s records. This is also known as a ‘Subject Access Request’ (SAR).
SAR allows individuals to request a copy of their full Home Office file and it is also free of charge to make such request. A response is usually received within 30 – 40 days of their identity being verified by the Home Office.
What kind of records can you request?
Migrants can request a copy of:
- An electronic summary of their immigration history;
- Landing cards held electronically;
- An electronic summary of entry clearance records;
- Workers Registration Scheme (WRS) information;
- Entry and exit records for the past 5 years.
Applicants can also request copies of up to 5 single documents, including:
- A list of your visa applications made in the UK;
- A particular decision letter;
- The outcome of an appeal (appeal determination);
- An individual detention progress report;
- A deportation order;
- A particular interview record.
How can you make a SAR?
Applicants can complete the online application form from the website https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/saru. Alternatively, you can make an application in writing, and send all the supporting documents to:
Subject Access Request Unit
UK Visas and Immigration
40 Wellesley Road
Croydon CR9 2BY
What are the supporting documents for a SAR?
- A copy of your photo identification, such as a passport, driving licence, biometric residence card, national identity card etc;
- Written confirmation from a third party that your photo identification is a true likeness;
- A letter to give permission for your records to be sent to you, or your legal representative;
- Proof of your relationship, if you are applying for a child under 12.
Contact Our Immigration Team
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