The UKBA’s settlement checking service pilot scheme has been expanded as Oxfordshire County Council becomes the 3rd local authority to offer the service.
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 migrants 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 the UKBA.
Applicants have been notified that note that they must meet all the SET(M) requirements before you can use the settlement checking service. In particular applicants must exhibit that:
- they have a good knowledge of language and life in the UK, if they are aged between 18 and 64; and
- their appointment must not be more than 28 days before the end of their 2-year qualifying period as a partner.
More information about the English language requirements can be found here.
It is really hoped that this service will help people applying for settlement which is not easily acquired without very proficient reading and writing (mainly legal) skills.