Completing application form SET(LR)
This page explains how to use application form SET(LR) to apply for permission to settle in the UK (also known as 'indefinite leave to remain') if you have been living legally in the UK for a continuous period of 10 years.
You should also read the detailed Guide SET(LR) before you complete the form. You will need to pay a fee when you make your application, and we will not refund your fee if we refuse your application or if you withdraw it.
You can download the form and guidance documents from the right side of this page.
Can I apply using this form?
You can apply for settlement using form SET(LR) if you have been legally living in the UK for a continuous period of 10 years.
You can find more information and an explanation of continuous residence in the Long Residence and Private Life guidance.
Your 10-year qualifying period starts from either:
- the date when you arrived in the UK with a visa; or
- the date you were given permission to stay in the UK.
Please do not send us your application more than 28 days before the end of your 10-year qualifying period. If you do, we may refuse your application and we will not refund the fee. However, you must apply before your current permission to remain in the UK ends.
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 do not qualify for indefinite leave to remain because you do not have sufficient knowledge of language and life in the UK, you can apply for an extension of stay if you have been living in the UK for a continuous period of 10 years. You can find more information on the completing form FLR(LR) page.
Can I include my dependants in my application?
No. They may apply separately if they have completed the qualifying period of 10 years. If you have a partner who does not qualify, they may apply for temporary permission to stay in the UK using application form FLR(M). If they do this, they can include any children under 18 as their dependants.
Which documents must I send?
Section 4 of form SET(LR) 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 by posting form SET(LR), with the documents listed in section 4 of the form, to the address given on the cover of the form.
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 issued your biometric residence permit. Our guide to visa processing times shows how quickly we aim to make a decision.
How to pay your application fee if you are inside the UK
If you are applying online, you must pay your fee online as part of your application.
If you are applying by post or courier, you can choose how to pay your application fee:
- By cheque in sterling on a UK bank account. The application form will tell you who to make the cheque payable to, you should write your full name and date of birth on the back, and attach the cheque to the front of the completed application form.
- With a UK postal order. You should write your full name and date of birth on the back, and attach the postal order to the front of the completed application form.
- With a credit or debit card - American Express, MasterCard, Visa (including Electron), Delta or Maestro (including Solo). For postal and courier payments, we accept only Maestro cards issued in the UK. You must include the card number, the amount paid, the payer's name as it appears on the card, the 'valid from' and expiry dates, the card verification value (CVV) code, the cardholder's signature and the date. The issue number is also needed for Maestro cards.
If you are applying and paying in person at a public enquiry office, you can choose how to pay your application fee. For applications made in person at a public enquiry office, the total fee includes an additional fee of £375 for each person. This includes a £100 appointment fee, which may be retained should the applicant fail to attend their appointment without good reason. Please check the relevant application form to find out if you can make an application in person.
- With a UK postal order (except at our Glasgow and Cardiff offices). You should write your full name and date of birth on the back.
- By banker's draft (except at our Glasgow and Cardiff offices).
- With a credit or debit card - American Express, MasterCard, Visa (including Electron), Delta or Maestro (including Solo). We can accept any Maestro card for payments at a public enquiry office. You must include the card number, the amount paid, the payer's name as it appears on the card, the 'valid from' and expiry dates, the card verification value (CVV) code, the cardholder's signature and the date. The issue number is also needed for Maestro cards. The cardholder must be present for the payment to be taken.
Payment by any other method is not accepted.
You must send the full amount to cover the total cost of your application. If you do not do this, your application will be invalid and will not be considered. We will return your application and part payment to you.
We start considering the application when the payment has cleared. Payments are cleared:
- after 5 working days for cheques
- after 1 working day for credit or debit cards
- immediately for postal orders
Please note that when making large or multiple payments using your credit card, the anti fraud measures that banks operate sometimes stop the full payment being taken. This is can happen for a number of reasons.
To prevent this you may inform your bank of your intention to make large or multiple payments in advance so that your bank allows the full payment to be taken when you submit your application.
Please be aware that not all banks offer this service.
Payment information on the application form
It is very important that you complete the payment section of the application form correctly. If this section contains errors, we will not be able to process your payment. This will mean that your application is invalid.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is my immigration status while my application is being decided? If you make an application before your authorised stay ends, your existing immigration status will continue until your application is decided, even if the decision is not made until after the end of your permitted stay. You can continue to work until your case is decided if the conditions of your existing leave allows you to do so.
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