Settlement Scheme, 4 days to
go: What is pre-settled status?
26 March 2019
In yesterday’s article, we looked at what you need to apply for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Today, we examine pre-settled status and how to register for it.
If you do not have five years’ continuous residence in the UK when you apply, you’ll usually get pre-settled status. You must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020 (or by 29 March 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal).
You can then apply to change this to settled status once you’ve got five years’ continuous residence.
If you’ll reach five years’ continuous residence at some point before 30 December 2020, you can choose to wait to apply until you reach five years’ continuous residence. This means that if your application is successful, you’ll get settled status without having to apply for pre-settled status first.
You can stay in the UK for a further five years from the date you get pre-settled status.