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  • LAWYER RESPONSE Moving to EU whit a UK settled status

    Hello! I have a settled status here in the UK but due to work I will be moving to Germany in January. It’ll be initially for a period of one year. The company is the same, but I will start on a new contract with the German branch. At the moment my settled status is registered with my current UK address. This is a tenancy due to end in January. I know that I need to update my address on my status when I leave, but what address should I be using? My new German address or another UK address? I know that the settled scheme allows to stay outside of the Uk for max five years, so what do I need to do to not lose my status? And can I use my new German address?
    Many thanks.

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    Louis M (lawyer) As the government page only refers to updating your UK address, would you say they should update their record with their address in Germany?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by sese97 View Post
      I know that the settled scheme allows to stay outside of the Uk for max five years, so what do I need to do to not lose my status?
      If you look here: Residence criteria - UKCEN Citizenship and Residence for European Nationals and their families

      ...you'll see:
      Leaving the UK after getting settled status

      If you have settled status, you should be able to spend up to 5 years in a row outside the UK without losing your status.

      If you’re a Swiss citizen, you and your family members can spend up to 4 years in a row outside the UK without losing your settled status.

      A visit to the UK should reset the 5-year clock. The rules do not specify how long that visit must be, it doesn’t matter how long the visit is, it could be a single night, as long as it can be evidenced, however, lawyers recommend a longer visit if possible, i.e. a week rather than just an overnight stay.

      It is very important to ensure you have suitable evidence of returning to the UK that can be provided to show you have not lost your settled status. This could be:
      • UK border passport stamps, for those whose passports get stamped, currently just non-EEA nationals. Bear in mind some consulates do not return old passports when renewing them, so it's important to have alternative evidence if this is the case.
      • Used travel tickets, with boarding passes to show they've been used. As most are electronic these days, make sure you save a screenshot of the electronic boarding pass generated by your airline's app, as the apps may not store them forever.
      • Evidence of booking and paying for, accommodation in the UK: hotels, B&Bs, Airbnb, etc.
      • Bank and credit card statements showing physical transactions in UK establishments such as high street shops, bars, restaurants, etc. and UK cashpoint withdrawals. Try to make some transactions while in the UK even if staying with family or friends.

      I am the Site Manager and Webmaster, please refer to our Admin Team, Roles and Responsibilities. If you think we have helped in any way, please support us so we can keep helping others secure their status, it is now more important than ever now EEA nationals are subject to the same immigration requirements as non EEA nationals and require proof of valid status in the UK.

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        Tim M (lawyer) Would you know if they need to update their address in Germany, as the page only says "UK address"?

        I am the Site Manager and Webmaster, please refer to our Admin Team, Roles and Responsibilities. If you think we have helped in any way, please support us so we can keep helping others secure their status, it is now more important than ever now EEA nationals are subject to the same immigration requirements as non EEA nationals and require proof of valid status in the UK.

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        • #5
          I don't believe this is needed

          I am an Immigration Adviser with Commonwealth Immigration. I am also a volunteer with UKCEN, where I provide one-off advice on a pro-bono basis. This advice should not be considered a substitute for formal legal advice. Please see Tim M for full details.

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