Settlement Checking Service

The service allows customers to submit their SET (M) application for permission to settle permanently (also known as indefinite leave to remain) in the UK as a spouse or partner of a British citizen or settled person at a local authority register office.

The service will give you assurance that you application is complete and you have paid the correct fee. The service will allow you to keep your valuable documents. Your spouse or partner will be able to keep their passport or travel documents.

The UK Border Agency has found that the settlement checking service is generally faster than the normal postal application process. This is due to fewer applications being rejected due to incompleteness or missing documents.

Migrants applying for permission to settle permanently (also known as indefinite leave to remain) in the UK using form SET (M) can use the service.

SET (M) applicants must already have been given permission to enter or remain in the UK as a spouse or partner of a British citizen or person settled in the UK and have completed or be within 28 days of completing 2 years in that category.

The settlement checking service is NOT available to nationals of countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

You can find further advice about how to apply for residence on the UK Border Agency website

www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens or if you need further information, contact EEA Residency Enquiries on 0845 010 5200.

 

The local authority officer will check the application form is complete and all the necessary supporting documents have been included.

They will check you have paid the correct application fee.

You will be told if any of the documents are missing, not acceptable or if you have provided documents that are not required by the UK Border Agency.

The local authority officer will check, make certified copies and return your documents and your spouse or partner? passport or travel documents.

The local authority officer will check and retain your passport or travel documents. If there are dependants included in your application their passports or travel documents will also be retained. This is so that the UK Border Agency can insert a permit, to certify any leave that is granted.

You will receive assurance that your application is completed correctly and that you have provided the correct supporting documents.

Documents will be despatched to the UK Border Agency via secure mail.

Your application will arrive at the UK Border Agency complete, avoiding any unnecessary delays.

Yes. The settlement checking service fee is charged in addition to the SET (M) application fee charged by the UK Border Agency and reflect the cost of providing the service.

 

 

The settlement checking service will allow you to get a decision more quickly.  This is due to fewer applications being rejected or delayed due to incompleteness or missing documents.

The UK Border Agency service standards are published on the UK Border Agency website at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/settlement/waitingtimes/

The settlement checking service is not a premium service.

Cumbria is unable to offer the Settlement Checking Service

If you require advice you can contact the Immigration Enquiry Bureau on 0870 606 7766. Lines are open from 09:00 until 16:45 Monday to Thursday and 09:00 until 16:30 Friday (excluding public holidays). Settlement advice can also be found on the UK Border Agency website.