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Can pre-settled status or settled status expire?

Pre-settled status is granted for a limited period of time which allows the holder to reach 5 years in the UK and then to apply to convert this into settled status.  If the individual is unable to convert their pre-settled status into settled status, for example because they have spent more than 6 months in any 12 month period outside the UK (see below) they cannot renew their pre-settled status and so it will lapse on the expiry date.

In addition, pre-settled status is lost if you spend more than 2 consecutive years outside of the UK and settled status is lost by spending 5 consecutive years outside of the UK.

It can also be lost if you no longer meet the eligibility criteria, for example in relation to criminal offences.

Read more about this and other questions in our

EU Settlement Scheme section.


Given the fast pace of change, we would stress that this information is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.

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