Settlement checking service

Where the settlement checking service is available in the UK.


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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.

The settlement checking service is a partnership between UK Visas and Immigration and local authorities.

Local authorities that provide the settlement checking service must be registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner to legally provide the service.

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. Local authorities provide details of how much the service costs and the times appointments are available.

A trained local authority officer will:

  • check you have completed your SET(M) form correctly
  • check you have paid the correct application fee
  • copy and return your valuable documents
  • ensure your application is valid and post it to UK Visas and Immigration

Using the nationality checking service does not guarantee the success of your application. It is possible that the Home Office may contact you for further information after your application has been submitted.


  1. Settlement checking service - England

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  2. Settlement checking service - Greater London

    • Guidance
  3. Settlement checking service - Scotland

    • Guidance
  4. Settlement checking service - Wales

    • Guidance