littlerr wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:37 pm
By the way, we have a fresh example just a couple of months ago where a person's citizenship application was rejected due to unauthorised travel history. That person had been demeaning to INIS (and to Vorona :p) saying that the FOI revealed they haven't done anything for over 2 years, when in fact INIS has been actively checking with foreign authority and airlines where the travel happened.
There was also a case last year if I remember correctly, where the minister refused to reveal what was the main reason of refusal, citing national security concerns.
National security is a very broad title. Anything that they deem in the interest of national security won't be revealed to you.
The purpose of FoI is to increase transparency of a process which otherwise is as opaque as they come. If what you are saying is correct, that is, some records are released while some are withheld without even acknowledging their existence, then my friend, the department is breaking the law.
As for the examples you have quoted, you know and I know, asylum seekers are treated differently. Its because the basis on which the application has been lodged. Thats completely different from someone whose residence is based on lets say critical skills permit or medical profession. Based on the evidence in my hand, I doubt that the department contacts any foreign bodies other than may be EU SIS or UK immigration system.