Another 9 local authorities expected to join pilot scheme over next two months
13th October 2010: Oxfordshire County Council has become the third local authority to offer settlement checking service, with the UK Border Agency’ expanding the pilot scheme.
The settlement checking service was launched on 7 October, and is for migrants who are applying for settlement, also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’, using application form SET (M).
If they choose to use the service, a trained local authority officer will check their application and return their supporting documents to them before the application is sent to us.
You must meet all the SET (M) requirements before you can use the settlement checking service. In particular you must be able to show that you have a good knowledge of language and life in the UK, if you are aged between 18 and 64; and your appointment must not be more than 28 days before the end of your two-year qualifying period as a partner.
`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 first local authorities to offer the service are Brent and Barnet. After Oxfordshire County Council, another nine local authorities are expected to join the pilot scheme over the next two months. These are: Cambridgeshire County Council; Cardiff City Council; Dudley Metropolitan Council; Leeds City Council; Liverpool City Council; Manchester City Council; Newcastle City Council; South Lanarkshire County Council; and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council.