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Surprised Brits.Mother Faces Deportation After 34 Years Of Living In Britain wrote:According to the Home Office’s website, the records of applicants are only kept for 15 years from the date of the "last action" with exceptions extending to 25 years.
Done.secret.simon wrote:Can vinny's post be incorporated into a sticky? Alternatively, can this thread be stickied?
Now that ILR BRPs must be destroyed on naturalisation, I believe that this question will come up more often.
secret.simon wrote:It is actually the other way round. It is your responsibility to prove that you meet the requirements, not theirs to disprove.Inci wrote:As far as I know, it is up to the Home Office to prove that I am not eligible for naturalisation so the fact that they destroyed my file shouldn't be an issue.
There is no legal obligation for the Home Office to naturalise you at all. Naturalisation is a privilege and is entirely a grant, not something that anybody has a right to.
As regards the data, the Home Office, like all organisations, periodically reviews the data it has and destroys that which will not be required in the future. It seems that visa files are retained for a period of two years.Inci wrote:I recently sent off a SAR to request a copy of my old file before starting with the naturalisation process. I've just received a letter from the Home Office that the file was destroyed some time ago under their routine file destruction policy.
Read the Home Office Personal Information Charter. Details for more information are towards the bottom. You may wish to contact them for more details of their data and information retention policy.