Home Office: Aliens Department: Aliens Personal Files

HO 382
Home Office: Aliens Department: Aliens Personal Files

This series contains a selection of files of the Aliens Department relating to individual aliens who entered the United Kingdom after 1935.

Many pieces contain small photographs of the subjects of the files.


The Aliens Department opened a file for each individual alien. Up to 1935 these files formed part of the Home Office's main six-figure file series (see HO 45 and HO 144). After that date a new series for aliens was introduced in which the file number was allocated according to the first letter of the alien's surname and with the next available number. Six-figure files which were still live were incorporated into the new series.

Related Material:
Enrolled copies of naturalisation certificates (1844-1870) are in C 54
For naturalisation case papers (1879-1934) see HO 144
Specimens of application for Ministry of Labour work permits are in LAB 48
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Home Office, Aliens Department (B Department), 1913-1962
Home Office, Immigration and Nationality Department, 1962-
Physical description:
110 file(s)
Access conditions:
Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
Home Office , from 1995
Selection and destruction information:
The majority of aliens files have been destroyed under a Home Office disposal schedule. This series contains a selection of files which illustrate the operation of the Home Office procedures or relate to famous individuals. Other famous or well-known individuals can also be found in HO 405.
Series is accruing.

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