Immigration: EU Nationals

Home Office written question – answered on 8th April 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Hamwee Baroness Hamwee Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Immigration)

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many refusals they have made to provide information to a data subject by using the exemption in Schedule 2, paragraph 4 to the Data Protection Act 2018 in connection with (1) applications for settled status under the EU Settled Status Scheme, and (2) grants of pre-settled status when settled status has been applied for.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

We do not hold data on specific types of applications, therefore cannot provide information pertaining to EUSS applicants who made a Subject Access Request.

The immigration exemption can only be applied where it is necessary and proportionate to do so, and where to uphold a data subject request would be likely to prejudice the maintenance of effective immigration control.

The immigration exemption is not a blanket measure, and its use is justified on a case by case basis. In nearly all cases the immigration exemption applies to a limited amount of data and the majority of data held is disclosed to the requestor.

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