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Can I apply for pre-settled status from outside the UK, before my partner/family member that lives in the UK applies?

As a family member joining an EU citizen in the UK, you will need to apply for your pre-settled status based on your family member’s status. If the application to join was made before the 1st July 2021, the sponsoring EEA citizen did not need to have the status, or have applied for the status, at the time the family member was applying as long as they could show they would be able to get the status when applying.

Applications made from the 1st July 2021 will need to be made based on the EEA citizens’ existing status or pending application.