Form SET (M) is filed by applicants who wish to apply for settlement, or permanent residence, in the UK. But once the form has been submitted, what happens next?
Using a Settlement Checking Service
If you have used a settlement checking service, you will be sent a letter shortly after your appointment, which will form your application receipt. This will contain the applicant’s name, confirmed payment amount and the date that the application was submitted to the Home Office. Applications are sent via Special Delivery. If you want to track or confirm delivery, you can do so, as there will be reference number to key in once you go to the Royal Mail website.
Letter from the Home Office
Soon after you have submitted your postal application, you should receive a letter from the Home Office informing you that your application has been received. The letter will stress the importance of not making any non-urgent travel arrangements until a decision has been reached.
If you require your travel documents in order to travel, you may be asked to withdraw your application. If this happens, you are unlikely to receive a refund. The letter will also state that it usually takes up to 6 months for a decision to be reached.
Invitation to Enrol Your Biometrics
Once you have submitted form SET (M) the Home Office will soon contact you, asking you to enrol your biometrics. This can be done at a local Post office that is equipped to perform this service. The letter will provide a link, where you can enter your postcode to find the nearest Post Office.
Be sure to take the whole letter to the Post Office. The barcode will be scanned and you will be asked to verify your name, age and nationality before your photo and fingerprints are taken. Children under the age of 16 must have a responsible adult over the age of 18 with them when they arrive to enrol their biometrics. A responsible adult can be a parent, legal guardian or someone who is responsible for the minor at the time, such as a schoolteacher.
Once you have had your biometrics taken, you will have to pay a small handling fee, made payable to Post Office Ltd. The biometrics will be sent electronically to the Home Office.
Once form SET(M) has been submitted, you can expect a letter from the Home Office stating that your application has been received, along with another letter, inviting you to enrol your biometrics. If you made a postal application of form SET(M) it can take up to 6 months to hear back with a decision on whether or not you have been granted settlement.
Source: Settlement Checking Service.