What happens if you have more than one application pending
There may be occasions where the applicant for settled or pre-settled status made more than one application to the scheme at the same time. The most common cause I have encountered is when the applicant misinterprets the cause of the delay in making a decision on his application and has no patience to wait for the decision. Instead of contacting the Home Office and providing them with additional documents and information, the applicant, convinced that the application was incorrectly completed and rejected, submits a new application.
If this is your case, you must know that your latest valid application must be treated as a variation of the earlier valid applications, and that valid earlier applications shall be treated as withdrawn.
If you submitted invalid applications (because, for example, you did not provided the required proof of your identity and nationality), then you shall be granted settled status if your valid application would result in a grant of settled status. The invalid applications shall be rejected without you being invited to withdraw them. Where the valid application would not result in a grant of settled status, you shall be contacted by the Home Office and invited to withdraw the invalid applications. If you do not withdraw your invalid applications within 10 working days of receiving the invitation, your invalid applications shall be rejected and the valid application must be considered in the normal way.
If all your applications are invalid, you will be given a reasonable opportunity to provide what is needed to validate one of the applications and to withdraw the others. If you take this opportunity and validate one of the applications, but do not withdraw your invalid applications within 10 working days, your invalid applications shall be rejected and the application which was validated must be considered by the Home Office. If, after being given a reasonable opportunity to provide what is needed to validate one of the applications, you do not validate any of the applications, all the invalid applications shall be rejected.
If you want to apply for settled or pre-settled status and need specialist advice, feel free to contact me. Please note that I am an accredited immigration adviser, not an employee of the UK Visas and Immigration. I charge fees for the advice provided.