Can I apply for Settled Status if I have lived in the UK for 5 years but not consecutively?
No, you cannot apply for settled status if you have not lived in the UK for 5 consecutive years of ‘continuous residence’.
You can apply for Settled Status if you are able to provide evidence that you have been living in the UK for at least 6 months in any 12 month period for 5 years in a row. Some exceptions apply - you may be able to maintain your continuous residence in the UK if you left the UK for one period of no more than 12 months for an important reason (for example childbirth, serious illness, study, vocational training or an overseas work posting or reasons associated with the pandemic).
The Home Office has updated their Covid-19 guidance for the EU Settlement Scheme, which includes concessions for COVID related absences longer than 12 months not breaking continuity of residence in some cases, and allowing people to apply for a further grant of pre-settled status where necessary to achieve five years’ continuous residence.
If that cannot be shown, you may need to apply for pre-settled status - as long as you were residing in the UK before the 31st December 2020 - and build a period of 5 years’ residence in the UK when you can then apply for settled status