Freedom of Information
Central Correspondence Team
PO Box 3468
FOI Reference: 54642
13 August 2019
Dear Mr Walker
Thank you for your enquiry of in which you requested information on SET (M)
guidance during the application process. Your request has been handled as a
request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Information Requested
The paper-based Set(M) used to be accompanied by 'SET(M) GUIDANCE NOTES'.
However, I can't find a current version of these notes relevant to the new online Set(M)
I'm writing to ask where the guidance for the current online Set(M) application can be
found, and specifically, what that guidance says about how an applicant should fill out
an online Set(M) application (including what evidence they should scan and submit)
when they have a language test that was taken before SELT numbers were issued,
but is still valid according to the criteria on https://www.gov.uk/english-
1) it’s on the current list of recognised tests, and
2) it was accepted for another UK immigration application
The current online Set(M) application requires applicants to enter a SELT number and
won't allow the applicant to progress without supplying this number. However, if they
are relying on a exam that was taken in 2014, they may not have a SELT number.
UK Visas and Immigration is an operational command of the Home Office
A short questionnaire to check the eligibility of an applicant and assist them to the
correct application form has been created to guide applicants through the application
form and negate the need for guidance notes, it can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/settle-in-the-uk.
Guidance is available for the English Language requirements and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/english-language.
Further to this, on completion of the online application form, a mandatory document
checklist is generated which guides the applicant on what evidence is required to
prove eligibility to grant ILR.
In relation to your last point, we have reviewed the application form to ascertain if there
are any amendments needed and can confirm that the form itself does not request a
SELT number to prevent an applicant applying without one.
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