Pre-Settled Status

Pre-Settled Status is granted to applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme who are not able to demonstrate 5 years’ continuous residence in the UK.

You will need to have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. If you are a joining family member, your EU, EEA or Swiss family member should have been residing in the UK and your relationship formed prior to this date.

You will be able to stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you are granted Pre- Settled Status.

If you have Pre-Settled Status, you will be able to spend up to 2 years outside the UK without losing your status. However, you will need to maintain ‘continuous residence’ if you want to qualify for Settled Status.

Eligibility Requirements

You must satisfy the decision maker that

    • You are a relevant EEA citizen; or

    • You are a family member of a relevant EEA citizen; or

  • You are a family member who has retained the right of residence by virtue of a relationship with a relevant EEA citizen; or

  • You are a person with a derivative right to reside; or

  • You are a person with a Zambrano right to reside; and

  • You started living in the UK by 31 December 2020; and

  • You are not eligible for Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme solely because you have not completed a continuous qualifying period of residence of at least 5 years.

    In order to qualify for Pre-Settled Status as a joining family member you will need to satisfy UK Visas & Immigration that:

  • You are the joining family member of a relevant sponsor; or

  • You are a family member who has retained the right of residence by virtue of a

    relationship with a relevant sponsor; and

  • You are not eligible for Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme solely because you have not completed a continuous qualifying period of residence of at least 5 years.

    Further information, help, and advice

    Our team of specialists has years of experience in visa services. We are registered with the OISC at Level 3 to provide Immigration advice and services.

    For more information and advice on UK immigration law and UK visa applications please contact us on 0203 488 2308 or at Info@worldwideimmigration.co.uk

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