Settling in the UK วีซ่าถาวร UK
Completing application form SET(M)
How to applyThis page explains how to use application form SET(M) to apply for permission to settle in the UK (also known as 'indefinite leave to remain') as the husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner of a British citizen or a person who is settled here.
You should also read the detailed Guide SET(M) before you complete the form. You will need to pay a fee when you apply, and we will not refund your fee if we refuse your application or if you withdraw it.
You can find the form and guidance documents under 'Application forms' on the right side of this page.
Can I apply using this form?
You should use application form SET(M) if you:
- currently have temporary permission to remain in the UK as the husband, wife, civil partner or unmarried/same-sex partner of a British citizen or a person settled here;
- have lived here for 2 years in this category; and
- are still planning to live together (and are still married or in a civil partnership, if applicable).
- the date when we gave you permission to remain as an unmarried or same-sex partner; or
- the date when you arrived in the UK.
If you delayed your journey to the UK by weeks or months after the date when you were given permission to enter, that permission will expire before the end of your 2-year qualifying period. In that case, you may need to apply to extend your visa using application form FLR(M) before you can apply for settlement.
You must be in the UK when you apply.
When you apply, you will need to show that you have a good knowledge of language and life in the UK if you are aged between 18 and 64.
If you are a national of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, or if you are the partner of an EEA national, you should not use form SET(M). The For European citizens section explains how you can apply for permanent residence in the UK.
Can I include my dependants in my application?
You can use one form for a joint application by you and any children aged under 18, if they are applying as your dependants. Children over 18 must apply separately, using application form SET(F).
Which documents must I send?
Section 10 of form SET(M) lists the documents that you must send with your application. You should send the original documents, not copies. In exceptional circumstances, we may accept a photocopy that is certified as an accurate copy by the body or authority that issued the original, or by a notary - but you must include a letter explaining why you are providing a certified copy rather than the original document.
How do I apply?
You must complete the form in block capitals using a black pen. Please enter all dates as dd-mm-yyyy (for example, 29-04-2000).
You can make your application:
- in person through the settlement checking service; or
- by post; or
- in person at one of our public enquiry offices.
Applying through the settlement checking service
The settlement checking service is a new service, currently being piloted by 12 local authorities (such as county councils and city councils). The service is available by appointment at the local authority, and you may need to pay an additional fee.
When you attend your appointment, a trained local authority officer will check that you have completed your SET(M) form correctly and paid the correct application fee. They will then copy your valuable documents, return them to you, and ensure that your application is validly submitted.
The officer will also check and retain your passport or travel document. If you are applying with your dependants, their passports or travel documents will also be checked and retained.
Your partner must attend your appointment with you. Their passport or travel document will be checked, copied and returned to them.
Local authorities will not give you advice about settlement.
The settlement checking service builds on the success of the existing nationality checking service. This very popular service has reduced waiting times by ensuring that fewer applications are rejected because they are incomplete or documents are missing.
To find out which local authorities currently offer the settlement checking service, see the Settlement checking service page. Each local authority can provide details of the additional fee for the service and its availability. The service is not a premium service, and is covered by our service standards for processing postal applications.
Applying by post
You can make your application by posting form SET(M), with the documents listed in section 10 of the form, to the address given on the cover of the form.
Applying at a public enquiry office
Our public enquiry offices offer a same-day service at a premium fee, enabling you to make your application in person and receive a quick decision. The service is available by appointment only, and is only suitable for straightforward applications which will not require further enquiries.
You and your settled partner should attend your appointment at the public enquiry office. If your partner cannot come with you, they must provide a letter stating that they support your application. The letter must be signed and dated, with a daytime phone number where they can be contacted if necessary.
For more information about our same-day service, see the Public enquiry offices pages.
How soon will you decide my application?
We cannot tell in advance how long it will take to decide your application, so you should not make non-urgent travel plans until we have returned your passport to you. Our service standards for processing applications show how quickly we aim to make a decision.
A legal relationship that can be registered by two people of the same sex and that gives the couple legal recognition for their relationship. In a range of legal matters, civil partners are treated the same as opposite-sex partners who are married.Someone who depends on you financially, such as a husband, wife, partner, or child.A notary is also known as a notary public. A notary is a public official who is legally authorised to witness the signing of documents and perform other formal duties.Choose a heading below to show more information.
Fee if you are applying by post Fee if you are applying in person Main applicant £900 £1,250 Children aged under 18 (if they are applying at the same time as the main applicant) £250 for each child included on the main applicant's application form £350 for each child included on the main applicant's application form