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Residence requirements for pre-settled and settled status and how residence is assessed and proved

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  • Absences and residence requirements for people with pre-settled status

    Pre-settled status lapses after spending a period of two years or longer, out of the UK.

    However, you need to make sure you maintain continuity of residence in order to secure settled status when pre-settled status expires, 5 years after it was granted.

    Although pre-settled status allows up to 2 years outside the UK without losing your status, if you spend more than 6 months outside the UK in any 12 month period, during the 5 years you need to...
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  • Residence criteria

    Residence criteria

    If you have pre-settled status, you will need to apply for settled status before your pre-settled status expires.

    You will not obtain settled status automatically.

    You will need to make a new application to obtain settled status.

    For pre-settled status

    Have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020.
    You only need one item of evidence of residence in the last six months.
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  • Applying with Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

    If you have ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain), you do not need to apply for settled status, but may do so if you wish.

    You may want to apply for settled status even if you have ILR for the following reasons:

    To benefit from enhanced family reunion provisions;
    To have a digital status so you can prove your status if you lose your ILR document;
    To make it easier to apply for citizenship if you so wish, without...
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  • Applying with Permanent Residence (PR) documents

    You need to apply for settled status even if you have a valid PR document.

    You need to apply for settled status before the end of June 2021.

    A PR document can be:

    A PR certificate inside your blue or pink card holder;
    A certificate inside your passport;
    A biometric card confirming Permanent Residence (not a Residence Card).

    EEA and Swiss nationals get a "Document...
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  • Documents that can be used as evidence

    If you have been asked to send additional evidence of residence, you can send documents such as those mentioned below.

    You do not need to send evidence unless you have been asked to do so.

    See: Evidence of residence.

    The list is not exhaustive, the Home Office may consider other items of evidence on a case by case basis.
    You need to show you, or your family member if relying on one, started living in the UK before...
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  • Evidence of residence

    You only need to submit evidence of residence if:

    You have been offered pre-settled status despite having lived in the UK 5 years or longer and you want to get settled status; or
    You have been asked to provide it after starting your application, because the automated checks did not find enough data.

    You don't need to provide evidence for your entire UK residence, just enough to show whether you qualify for settled or pre-settled...
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  • How residence is assessed by the system

    Automated checks and residence

    The process starts by carrying out automated checks of your HMRC and DWP records to confirm UK residence.

    Automated checks are only carried out for the last 7 years.

    Tax records are only checked for the purpose of establishing residence, the amount of tax paid is not taken into account.

    There is no requirement to have worked, paid taxes, etc. for settled status, however,...
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  • Settled status in less than 5 years

    You, and your family members, can get settled status with less than 5 years’ continuous residence in certain situations.
    If you have to stop working or being self-employed because of an accident or illness (known as ‘permanent incapacity’)
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