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’)
You may be able to get settled status if either:
  • you lived continuously in the UK for the 2 years immediately beforehand; or
  • the permanent incapacity was the result of an accident at work or an occupational disease that entitles you to a pension from a UK institution
You can also get settled status if you’re married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen.
If you’re the family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen at the time they stopped working you may also be eligible for settled status.

If you reach State Pension age or retire early
You can get settled status if you stopped working when you reached State Pension age and either:
  • you worked continuously or were self employed for 1 year beforehand and have lived continuously in the UK for 3 years; or
  • your spouse or civil partner is a British citizen.
You can get settled status if you retire early and either:
  • you worked continuously (for someone other than yourself) for 1 year beforehand and have lived continuously in the UK for 3 years; or
  • your spouse or civil partner is a British citizen.

If you start work or self-employment in another EU country
You can get settled status if you start work or self-employment in another EU country and you both:
  • have lived and worked or been self-employed in the UK continuously for 3 years beforehand; and
  • usually return to your UK home once a week.
Family members of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen at the time they start work or self-employment in another EU country may also be eligible for settled status.

If you’re the family member of an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen at the time they stopped working you may also be eligible for settled status.