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If I have pre-settled status and spend more than 2 years outside the UK, can I re-apply for pre-settled status or will I lose my rights?

If you have pre-settled status and spend more than 2 years outside the UK, you will lose your EU Settlement Scheme rights and would need to enter the UK using the new Immigration System. 


However, it is also important to remember that if you have pre-settled status and you spend more than 6 months outside the UK, you will not be able to convert your pre-settled status to settled status (indefinite leave to remain), and you will not be able to apply for fresh pre-settled status either. 


To preserve your continuous residence in the UK, you must reside in the UK at least 6 months in any 12 month period until you are able to qualify for settled status, which is secured after 5 years of residence in the UK.

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