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Are there any exceptions to the rule that pre-settled status will be lost if one spends more than two years outside of the UK? For example, what if my employer asks me to work abroad?

If you have pre-settled status and you spend more than a period of 2 continuous years outside of the UK, your pre-settled status will be lost. There are no exceptions made to this rule. You may still be able to view your digital status and generate share codes, but you may face problems re-entering the UK, or using those share codes for employment, rental etc.


However, there are some exceptions to the rule that you must reside in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12 month period for at least 5 years to be able to convert your pre-settled status to settled status. See our information on continuous residence for the details.


For more information on absences, see  https://www.the3million.org.uk/absence-calculator.