Guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens

What is the difference between Pre-Settled and Settled Status?

Pre-Settled Status

Pre-Settled Status is given to EU, EEA or Swiss citizens (or family members of) resident in the UK for less than five years at the time of their application, or by 30 June 2021. Pre-Settled Status is the same as Limited Leave to Remain (LTR). Once the individual has accrued five years of continuous residence in the UK (meaning they haven’t left the UK for longer than 6 months at one time or 12 months in certain circumstances such as study, medical reasons etc.) they will then need to apply for Settled Status if they wish to remain in the UK. There is no cost attached to making an application for Settled Status. Pre-Settled status is not lost if somebody is outside the UK for up to two years. However, any absence beyond six months (or 12 in certain circumstances) will break continuous residence meaning that the person will no longer be able to apply for Settled Status once their Pre-Settled Status has expired.

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Settled Status

Settled Status is given to EU, EEA or Swiss citizens (or family members of) resident in the UK for 5 years by 30 June 2021. This is the same as Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Once acquired the holder of Settled Status can leave the United Kingdom for up to five years without losing that status.

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