Service to ensure application is fully complete
17th February 2011: The UK Border Agency has expanded checking service for settlement. It has now increased the availability of the settlement checking service in more authorities.
The development is significant as the applications are checked by trained local authority officer. As such, it ensures that the application is fully complete and avoids unnecessary delays.
The UKBA has asserted: In partnership with local authorities, we launched a checking service for settlement in October 2010. We are now increasing the availability of the settlement checking service in more authorities.
`Currently only applications made on Form SET (M) can be submitted through the service. If you apply as a spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner of a person who is British or settled in the UK, applications will be checked by a trained local authority officer.
`This will ensure that the application is fully complete and it will avoid unnecessary delays.
`The service does not offer immigration advice. It does benefit applicants by checking and returning their valuable documents. Cases submitted through a local authority are quicker to decide; when compared to standard postal applications.
The four extra local authorities to offer the service are London Borough of Islington, London Borough of Enfield, Hertfordshire County Council and London Borough of Camden.
The nine authorities to offer the service over the next four weeks are Bracknell Forest District Council, Oldham Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, Worcestershire County Council, Nottingham City Council, Bath Council, Leicestershire County Council, London Borough of Hackney, Kent County Council and London Borough of Southwark
The existing authorities who offer the service are London Borough of Brent, London Borough of Barnet, Oxfordshire County Council, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Manchester City Council, South Lanarkshire County Council, Liverpool City Council, Leeds City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Newcastle City Council and Cardiff City Council.
You must meet all the application requirements before using the 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 2-year qualifying period as a spouse and/or partner.