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Settlement checking service

The settlement checking service is a partnership between the UK Border Agency and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.  

Important Announcement - Citizenship Services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Citizenship Office at East Riding of Yorkshire Council is to be suspended with immediate effect. This includes Nationality Checking Service, Nationality Document Return Service, Settlement Checking Service and the European Passport Return Service. 

Citizenship Ceremonies are not included in these changes and will continue as usual.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

For further information please visit the Home Office Website:

GOV.UK - Nationality Checking Service

or consult an OISC Registered Immigration advisor:

GOV.UK - Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner

What is the settlement checking service?

The settlement checking service is an optional service which is available for a fee to applicants using the SET (M) application form, at a local authority register office.

You can view the form below:

Gov.uk - SET (M) application form (external website) 

The settlement checking service is a partnership between UK Visas and Immigration and local authorities. You can make applications for settlement at any local authority that offers the settlement checking service, not just the one where you live. The service is available by appointment only.

 The service will allow you to keep your valuable documents. Your spouse or partner will be able to keep their passport or travel documents. The settlement checking service will help you get your application correct first time and avoid unnecessary delays. 

UK Visas and Immigration has found that the settlement checking service is generally faster than the normal postal application process. This is due to fewer applications being rejected due to incompleteness or missing documents.

Who can use the settlement checking 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 Gov.uk website:

Gov.uk - EU, EEA and Commonwealth (external website)

If you need further information contact EEA Residency Enquiries on 0845 010 5200.  

How do I use the settlement checking service?

To use the settlement checking service you must book an appointment. To make your appointment, you should contact 01482 393590 or email citizenship@eastriding.gov.uk. You must book an appointment before your current    leave expires.

Please note: You will not be able to attend an appointment more than 28 days before the end of your ‘two year probationary period’. 

We offer Settlement Checking Service appointments at:

The Registration Office
Council Offices
Church Street
Goole
DN14 5BG

View Goole Registration Office details and location on a map.

When does my two year probationary period start?

  • 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 do I need to bring to my appointment?

When you telephone to book an appointment, our settlement checking officers will tell you what to bring with you. Instructions explaining which documents are needed are in the SET (M) application form and guidance notes. These are available on the GOV.UK website:

GOV.UK - SET (M) application form (external website)  


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:

Gov.uk - SET (M) application form (external website)  

You have to complete the form and pay for the application online you must then print a copy. The copy of the form must then be taken with you to your appointment.

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 must bring:

  • a completed SET (M) application form (either the form you have completed online and printed or the form you have printed first and then completed by hand)
  • Your Life in the UK test pass notification letter
  • a relevant speaking and listening qualification
  • the supporting documents requested in the SET (M) application form and guidance notes
  • the confirmation that you have paid the UK Border Agency if you completed the SET (M) application form online
  • a cheque or postal order, or you must complete your credit or debit card details on the form if you completed the SET (M) application form by hand 
  • the settlement checking service fee must be paid to the local authority separately from the application fee.


Your spouse/partner must attend your appointment with you. If you have dependent children (under 18) they do not have attend. 

What service will the settlement checking officers provide?

  • The officer will check the application form is complete and all the necessary supporting documents have been included.
  • They will check you have paid the correct application fee.
  • You will be told if any of the documents are missing, not acceptable or if you have provided documents that are not required by the UK Border Agency.   
  • The officer will check, make certified copies and return your documents and your spouse or partner’s passport or travel documents.
  • The officer will check and retain your passport or travel documents. If there are dependents included in your application their passports or travel documents will also be retained. This is so that the UK Border Agency can insert a permit, to certify any leave that is granted.
  • You will receive assurance that your application is completed correctly and that you have provided the correct supporting documents.
  • Documents will be dispatched to the UK Border Agency via secure mail.
  • Your application will arrive at the UK Border Agency complete, avoiding any unnecessary delays. 

Please note: that East Riding Settlement Checking Service cannot accept any responsibility for the outcome of the application. 

Can migrants 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. Our officers will check the application form is complete, correct supporting documents have been provided and can copy supporting documents for taking to the PEO. 

Do I have to pay for the checking service?

Yes. The settlement checking service fee is charged in addition to the SET (M) application fee charged by the UK Border Agency and reflect the cost of providing the service.

East Riding of Yorkshire charges:

  • £110 for an adult application

  • £15 for a child application.

Card payments are accepted for application fees using all major credit and debit cards (preferred method of payment). Please note that although we do take personal cheques these must be accompanied by a valid cheque guarantee card. 

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 settlement checking service is not a premium service. 

Will the Settlement checking officers provide advice about settlement?

The officers will not be able to provide advice on settlement matters. If you require advice you can contact the Immigration Enquiry Bureau on 0870 606 7766. Lines are open from 09:00 until 16:45 Monday to Thursday and 09:00 until 16:30 Friday (excluding public holidays). Settlement advice can also be found on the GOV.UK website:

GOV.UK - Application to Settle in the UK (external website)

How do I know that the settlement checking officers are competent to offer the checking service?

Our officers are registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), a UK Government body, which regulates organisations offering services of this kind.

In providing the settlement checking service officers have been fully trained by UK Border Agency. 

How can I provide feedback on the service received?

We always welcome feedback and suggestions to improve the quality of our service.

If you wish to comment, complain or compliment our service you can do so by emailing registration.service@eastriding.gov.uk  

Alternatively, you may if you wish write directly to:

Office of the Immigration Services 
Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
5th Floor
21 Bloomsbury Street
London
WC1B 3HF

Tel: 020 7211 1500
Fax: 020 7211 1533

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (external website) 

Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 March 2018