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How long can I be outside the UK with pre-Settled Status and not lose pre-Settled Status or the opportunity to apply for Settled Status?

You will only lose your pre-settled status if you are away from the UK for more than 2 years.

However, you lose your continuous residence if you are away from the UK for more than 6 months in any 12 month period. You must be living in the UK continuously to apply for Settled Status.

There are some exceptions to this. Please see Settled’s website for more details on this.

If you are in any doubt about your absences, and whether you should apply for a fresh Pre-Settled Status, use this simple form to answer some YES / NO questions to check your situation:


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