I have pre-settled status but cannot return to the UK due to the pandemic. Will this have an impact on my status?
With pre-settled status, you lose your status if you leave the UK for a period of 2 consecutive years, whereas with settled status you can be away for 5 years.
However, your ‘continuous residence’ will reset to 0 if you are away for more than 6 months in any 12 month period with pre-settled status.
This means that you will only be eligible for settled status five years after you re-enter the country ( provided that you re-enter the UK before 31 December and re-apply for pre-settled status - to ensure that your pre-settled status will still be valid when you reach five years' continuous residence).
More information about this is available here.