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Question for Home Office

UIN 169460, tabled on 3 September 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the minimum length of time is for a person to have (a) passports and (b) official documentation returned after an immigration case has been decided.

Answered on

11 September 2018

Where a decision is taken to grant leave, documents will be returned in accordance with current processes.

These processes act as a checklist to ensure that relevant documents are collected and returned in a timely manner.

Home Office officials have worked with Royal Mail to ensure the process to return documents is secure and timely.

Section 17 of the Asylum & Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004 gives the power to retain documents, such as a passport, where the Secretary of State or an immigration officer suspects a migrant is liable to removal and the retention of the document may facilitate removal.

The 2004 Act does not allow for the indefinite retention of documents. Where a person is later granted leave, in whatever capacity, the document must be returned to the holder unless it is a forgery.

The Home Office guidance can be found at:

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