The UKBA has launched a new checking service for settlement applications. The initiative will see the agency working more closely with local government.

The settlement checking service is for migrants applying for 'indefinite leave to remain' in the UK, using application form SET(M). These individuals 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. Under the new initiative, applicants will be able to have their applications assessed by a local authority officer before it is received by the UKBA. It is hoped the procedure will avoid delays by ensuring that the application is complete and legitimate before it is sent on.

Brent and Barnett are the first local authorities to try the pilot and over the next two months the following local authorities will follow suit:

  • 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

If you would like more information on the settlement checking service and the local authorities involved, please click here.