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Post Number:#1  PostPosted: 15 Nov 2010 05:42 
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Settlement checking service

We have launched a pilot service where applicants for settlement using form SET(M) can make their application through a local authority. The service will be available in 12 local authorities by the end of November 2011. You can submit a SET(M) application at any participating local authority.

The settlement checking service was launched on 7 October, and is for migrants who are applying for settlement (also known as 'indefinite leave to remain') using application form SET(M). If they choose to use the service, a trained local authority officer will check their application and return their supporting documents to them before the application is sent to us.

Please note that you must meet all the SET(M) requirements before you can use the settlement checking service. In particular:

  • You must be able to show that you have a good knowledge of language and life in the UK, if you are aged between 18 and 64; and
  • Your appointment must not be more than 28 days before the end of your 2-year qualifying period as a partner.

If you want to use the service, you must book an appointment at the local authority. The local authorities that are currently taking appointments, and their contact details, are listed alphabetically below.

We will update this page as each local authority becomes ready to take appointments.

Barnet
For more information, please contact the Barnet settlement checking service by phone, fax or post.
Phone: 020 8937 1010
Fax: 020 8952 7352
Address: Citizenship Office, London Borough of Barnet, Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4BG

Brent
More information is available from the Brent settlement checking service website.
Phone: 020 8937 1010
Email: citizen@brent.gov.uk
Address: The Register Office, Brent Town Hall, Forty Lane, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 9HD

Cambridgeshire
More information is available from the Cambridgeshire settlement checking service website.
Phone: 01223 715500
Email: ncs@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Address: Registration Service - Citizenship, Castle Lodge, Shire Hall, Cambridgeshire, CB3 0AP

Dudley
More information is available from the Dudley settlement checking service website.
Phone: 01384 812242
Email: nationality.checking@dudley.gov.uk
Address: Dudley Registration & Celebratory Services, Priory Hall, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4EU

Leeds
More information is available from the Leeds settlement checking service website.
Phone: 0113 2224408
Email: register.office@leeds.gov.uk
Address: Leeds Register Office, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD

Liverpool
More information is available from the Liverpool settlement checking service website.
Phone: 0151 233 4980
Email: ncs@liverpool.gov.uk
Address: Liverpool Register Office, The Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool. L3 9UF

Manchester
More information is available from the Manchester settlement checking service.
Phone: 0161 234 5531
Email: registeroffice@manchester.gov.uk
Address: Manchester Register Office, 1st Floor, Heron House 47 Lloyd Street, Manchester, M2 5LE

Newcastle
More information is available from the Newcastle settlement checking service website.
Phone: 0191 2777227
Fax: 0191 2114970
Email: citizenship@newcastle.gov.uk
Address: The Citizenship Section, Register Office, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8PS

Oxfordshire
More information is available from the Oxfordshire settlement checking service website.
Phone: 0845 129 5900
Email: registeroffice@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Address: Oxfordshire Register Office, 1 Tidmarsh Lane, Oxford OX1 1NS

South Lanarkshire
More information is available from the South Lanarkshire Council website.
Phone: 01698 454259
Fax: 01698 454150
Email: ncs@southlanarkshire.gov.uk
Address: Licensing and Registration Section, Montrose House, Montrose Crescent, Hamilton, ML3 6LB

Stockport
More information is available from the Stockport settlement checking service website.
Phone: 0161 474 3364 or 0161 474 3369
Fax: 0161 474 3390
Email: register.office@stockport.gov.uk
Address: Register Office, Town Hall, Stockport SK1 3XE

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Reduction in jobs available to migrants

18 October 2011

Specialist jobs that are no longer required in the UK will be removed from a government-approved list that helps to ensure the UK only accepts migrant workers that the country needs.

The shortage occupation is part of the Tier 2 immigration route via the Points Based System. Highly skilled migrants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) seeking to work in the UK must apply for visas via this route.

The government today accepted recommendations from the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) that will see the number of jobs covered by the list drop by 40,000, bringing the total down from 230,000 to 190,000. Only a minority of these jobs will be filled by migrant workers.

The MAC recommended the changes where evidence from a range of industries and sectors showed resident workers are available to fill the vacancies.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said:
Damian Green wrote:
'Alongside our limits on overseas workers we are also taking action to provide businesses with the skills they need from the British workforce and reduce their need for migrants.

'We want the brightest and the best people from outside the EU with the skills we can benefit from in the UK.'
Occupations that the MAC recommended be removed from the list include:
  • secondary education biology teachers;
  • speech and language therapists;
  • pharmacists;
  • orthoptists;
  • veterinary surgeons; and,
  • rank and file orchestral musicians.

Added to the list will be:

  • actuaries;
  • high integrity pipe welders;
  • environmental scientists; and,
  • geochemists

The government has accepted the MAC's recommended list in full however, rank and file orchestral musicians will not be removed from the list immediately, until further discussions take place with the industry to discuss the resident labour market test.

The revised list will come into effect from 14 November 2011. This means that:

  • For applications covered by the annual limit, the new list will apply to all applications by Tier 2 sponsors for restricted certificates of Sponsorship made on or after 14 November 2011.

  • For applications outside the annual limit, the new list will apply to all unrestricted certificates of sponsorship assigned to migrants on or after 14 November 2011.

Employers can only bring someone into the UK under Tier 2 if the job is on the shortage occupation list or if they pass a resident labour market test (no suitable resident workers apply after advertising the job in the UK first for 4 weeks).

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Well i used the checking service for our ILR application back in July

What a complete waste of time and money, i knew more about the document than she did it was a total waste of time given that at the end of the ILR application they give you a complete list of what you need to supply and enclose

ILR submitted 20th july and received back 27 Sept acoording to the Imigration boards about the normal length of time


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Post Number:#4  PostPosted: 29 Oct 2011 07:22 
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Sparky

Congratulations about the ILR for your wife.

Next hurdle it's her Naturalisation ........ and I expect she doesn't speak good English to pass the test neither she knows the answer to very important questions like:

"What was the percentage of Muslims living in the UK on year 2001?"

Tell Elena that she must study again hard so she can answer so important questions.... [haha.gif]

I bet you will not pass the test........ I and few others have failed!

viewtopic.php?p=10839#p10839

Try it!

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wiz wrote:
Sparky

Congratulations about the ILR for your wife.

Next hurdle it's her Naturalisation ........ and I expect she doesn't speak good English to pass the test neither she knows the answer to very important questions like:

"What was the percentage of Muslims living in the UK on year 2001?"

Tell Elena that she must study again hard so she can answer so important questions.... [haha.gif]

I bet you will not pass the test........ I and few others have failed!

viewtopic.php?p=10839#p10839

Try it!

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Already taken the test :) we as part of our route to the "golden egg" have to pass this for the application to ILR

Wifey took 15mins to complete out of a possible 45mins then was out waiting for me and then went back in to be told you have passed [hurrah.gif]

Yes i too took the practice test and failed miserably [very_funny.gif]


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To Mr and Mrs Sparky on getting the ILR
ImageTo Mrs Sparky on passing the KOL test

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To Mr and Mrs Sparky on getting the ILR
ImageTo Mrs Sparky on passing the KOL test

Thanks Ras, the end to a sometimes frustrating road :)


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Changes to the payment process for UK visa applications in Russia


27 January 2012

From 13 February 2012, all applications for a UK visa must be completed and paid for in US dollars using our online application system.

Payment must be made before going to one of our 5 visa application centres in Russia to submit a printed copy of the application form and biometric data (fingerprints and photograph).

Appointments to submit applications at the visa application centres in Russia are already booked online. The introduction of online payments is part of a wider move to allow almost all our customers to apply and pay for their visas online by 2013-14.

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitec ... -in-Russia

"Все заявления на визу в Великобританию поданные на территории Российской Федерации должны быть заполнены и оплачены в режиме онлайн в долларах США начиная с 13 февраля 2012 года"


Начиная с 13 февраля 2012 года все заявления на визу в Великобританию должны быть заполнены посредством системы онлайн заявок и оплачены в режиме онлайн в долларах США перед отправкой в один из 5 визовых центров в России, в котором необходимо предоставить распечатанную копию анкеты и сдать биометрические данные (отпечатки пальцев и фотографию).

Для бронирования времени подачи заявления в визовых центрах в России уже используется система онлайн. Введение онлайн оплаты является частью более обширной программы благодаря которой все наши клиенты смогут подавать заявления и оплачивать визы в режиме онлайн к 2013/2014 году.

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UK BORDER AGENCY FEES
FROM APRIL 2012

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