Settlement Checking Service
What is the Settlement Checking Service?
If you are planning to settle in the UK as the husband, wife or
partner of a British citizen, we can check that your application
form and documents are correct. Our new service avoids unnecessary
delays and helps you to get your application right first
Our staff are trained and registered to check and forward your
application to the UK Border Agency by special delivery post.
Important documents, such as your spouse or partner’s passports,
marriage and birth certificates, will remain in your
Who can use the service?
You can only use the settlement checking service if you are
applying on form SET(M) for settlement in the UK as the husband,
wife, civil partner or unmarried/same-sex partner of a British
citizen or someone who is settled here.
You cannot use the settlement checking service or apply using a
SET(M) form if you are a European Economic Area (EEA) National. You
can find further advice about how to apply for residence on the UK
Border Agency website. The
service is not restricted to Kent residents.
Booking an appointment
You need to book an appointment with the Kent Registration
Service in time to submit your application within 28 days
before your existing leave expires. Please note that you will not
be able to attend an appointment more than 28 days before the end
of your ‘two year probationary period’.
Contact the Kent Registration Service on 0300 333
5430 or use the contact details on the left.
Two year probationary period
- If you have an entry clearance visa (issued abroad) the two
year probationary period starts from the date your visa was
stamped, by the Immigration Officer, when you entered the UK.
- If you have a residence permit or a biometric residence permit
the two year probationary period starts from when you were granted
two years leave as a spouse or partner (even if you previously had
leave in another category, for example as a student).
What checks are carried out?
During the appointment, we will:
- check your application is complete and that it includes all the
required supporting documents
- check that the correct fee has been paid
- inform the applicant of any unacceptable documents or documents
over and above the UK Border Agency requirements
- make certified copies of the partner or spouse’s passports,
travel documents and supporting documents for enclosure with the
application (returning originals to the partner or spouse).
- make certified copies of the applicant and dependant(s)
passport, travel documents and supporting documents for enclosure
with the application.
- submit the checked and complete application to the UK Border
Agency via secure mail.
What should I bring to my appointment?
When you telephone to book an appointment, our advisors will
tell you what you must bring with you. Information on the
documentation required to support a SET(M) application can also be
found in the form and guidance notes available on the UK Border
There are two types of SET (M) application forms on the UK
Border Agency Website.
- The online SET (M) form – This version of the
SET (M) form must be completed online. You have to complete the
form and pay for the application on line you must then print a
copy. The copy of the form must then be taken with you to your
- The printable SET (M) form – This version of
the SET (M) form allows you to print a copy of the form and
complete it by hand. With this version you must supply your payment
details so that the payment can be processed when the form is
received by the UK Border Agency
- You and your settled spouse or partner should attend the SCS
appointment. If your partner cannot attend, they must provide a
letter stating that they support the application. The letter must
be signed and dated, with a daytime phone number where they can be
contacted if necessary. Failure of your spouse or partner to
provide evidence to support the application, if unable to attend,
may result in the application being cancelled and the fee will be
lost. If you have children under 18 years old, they do not have to
- You must bring the following documents with you:
- Completed SET (M) application form.
- Life in the UK Test pass notification or ESOL certificate and
- All the necessary documents as explained in the application
form and guidance notes.
- If you completed the SET (M) application form on line, you must
bring the confirmation that you have paid the UK Border
- If you completed the SET (M) application form by hand you must
complete your credit or debit card details on the form, or bring a
cheque or postal order.(payable to the Home Office, Leave To
Where can my appointment take place?
You can book an appointment at any of the locations
The settlement checking service fee is £80 (inclusive of VAT)
for adults. Minors are included as dependents on the adult
application. The fee is non-refundable.
The fee is charged in addition to the SET (M) application fee
charged by the UK Border Agency.
On booking an appointment the full fee is required. This fee is
non-refundable if you do not attend your appointment, cancel it
within 24 hours or if your applications do not meet the
requirements for them to be forwarded to the Home Office. If you
cancel your appointment and give us more than 24 hours notice we
will refund the fee less a cancellation charge of £30 for each
Can applicants use the settlement checking service before
attending a Public Enquiry Office?
An applicant may decide to apply in person at a UK Border Agency
Public Enquiry Office (PEO) and would pay for a premium service.
The settlement checking service is available as part of the premium
application route. Local authorities will check that the
application form is complete, that correct supporting documents
have been provided.
Advice about settlement
We cannot provide advice on settlement matters. You should
Immigration Enquiry Bureau on 0870 606 7766. Lines are open
from 9am to 4.45pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm Friday
(excluding Public holidays).
See advice given on the UK Border Agency website.
Will my application be dealt with more quickly?
The settlement checking service will allow you to get a decision
more quickly. This is due to fewer applications being rejected or
delayed due to incompleteness or missing documents.
The UK Border Agency service standards are published on the UK
Border Agency website.