New settlement checking service launches today in UK

The UK Border Agency has expanded its partnership working with local government by launching a new checking service for settlement applications.

The settlement checking service pilot builds on the success of the existing nationality checking service. If a migrant is applying for settlement (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) using application form SET(M), they can now have their application checked by a local authority officer before it is sent to us.

Form SET(M) is for migrants who are applying for settlement as the husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner of a British citizen or a person settled in the UK. Although the service will not offer immigration advice, it will benefit applicants by checking and returning their valuable documents. It will also reassure them that their application is complete and valid when it is sent to us, avoiding any unnecessary delay.

The settlement checking service will extend the service provisions offered by local government. The first local authorities to offer the service are Brent and Barnet, which launch today. Another 10 local authorities will join the pilot over the next 2 months:
* Cambridgeshire County Council
* Cardiff City Council
* Dudley Metropolitan Council
* Leeds City Council
* Liverpool City Council
* Manchester City Council
* Newcastle City Council
* Oxfordshire County Council
* South Lanarkshire County Council
* Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Applicants can already book appointments in Oxfordshire and Stockport, where the service will begin next week.