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What is the difference between settled and pre-settled status?

Settled status is granted to those who have lived in the UK continuously for 5 years and if granted, allows you to continue living and working in the UK indefinitely.

Pre-settled status is granted to those who haven’t yet lived in the UK continuously for 5 years and so they are given the right to remain in the UK for a further 5 years.  The logic is that you will then be able to convert this into settled status once you have reached 5 years in the UK in total.

Read more about this and other questions in our

EU Settlement Scheme section.


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