Information about using this website
The Home Office reserves the right to gather information relating to site usage. Any information gathered is primarily for internal use to allow us to refine and improve our customer service. Where information will be disclosed to a third party, we will, where possible, ensure that this is clearly indicated. This does not affect your statutory rights.
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How we use information you give us - applicants and sponsors
Information provided by an applicant or their sponsor in support of an application for entry clearance or leave to remain will be processed by the Home Office in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. This includes information provided by and about the applicant and any person sponsoring their application.
The Home Office is the data controller in relation to the information provided in an application form, all information, including biometric data, will be treated in confidence, but it may be disclosed to other government departments, agencies, local authorities, foreign governments, and other bodies, to enable the Home Office or those bodies to perform their functions, including to check the accuracy of the information provided and to prevent and detect crime.
Any disclosures will be in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Information provided by the applicant or their sponsor may also be used for staff training purposes and may in certain circumstances be passed to fraud prevention agencies to prevent and detect fraud and money laundering.