Freedom of Information (FOI) and Data Protection Act (DPA)
Requesting information under the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Acts
This section explains how you can make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act or the Data Protection Act.
You should not make a request under these Acts if you want information about the progress of an application that you have made.
If you wish to know about the progress of your application, please contact the Visa Application Centre where you applied. The Guide to visa processing times page will provide more information about our processing times.
Under the Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act, the Home Office and its agencies are committed to:
- promoting informed policymaking and debate;
- providing timely and accessible information to explain the department's policies, actions and decisions; and
- responding to requests for information.
All requests to the Home Office and its agencies for information are handled in accordance with the provisions of the two Acts.
To make a request under the Freedom of Information Act, go to the Freedom of information request page.
To make a request under the Data Protection Act to see the personal information that we hold about you, go to the Data Protection Act (DPA) Requests page.