Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act gives anybody the right to access information held by public authorities. This means that members of the public have a right to access information held by the Advisory Board on Naturalisation and Integration (ABNI).

Full details of the FOI Act are detailed on the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) website at

Written Request

Requests for information must be made in writing, which can include email. When requesting information please make sure you state your name and address.

Please contact

Bharti Patel
ABNI Secretariat
2 Marsham Street
Fry Building, 4th Floor SE
London SWIP 4DF
And cc to Assistant Secretary:

We will endeavour to respond within 20 days.

Limits of Disclosure

The ABNI will disclose information wherever possible. However, in certain limited circumstances, it will be necessary to preserve confidentiality where it is not in the public interest to disclose. These are set out in Part II of the FOI Act (

In any case where information is refused, the ABNI will specify which exemption is being claimed and why. All requests for information will be carefully considered on their own merits and with close regard to the public interest.

The FOI Act provides 23 exemptions from the general rights of access.

For example, certain information relating to national security, information that would prejudice international relations, commercially sensitive information and confidential information. Personal data about other people cannot be released if to do so would breach the Data Protection Act.


If however you are dissatisfied with the response, you will have a right of complaint to the Information Commissioner as established by section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act