Is imprisonment abroad a reasonable excuse for breaking the continuous residence?

The rules are that a term of imprisonment breaks a continuous qualifying period irrespective of whether the sentence is served in the UK or abroad. So if someone serves a sentence they need to have started a new qualifying period in the UK by 31/12/20 after they are released. It does not matter if they were prevented from returning to the UK by COVID-19 restrictions, if they did not return by 31/12/20 then they cannot apply to the EUSS / cannot qualify for settled status.

There are some useful video resources about EUSS and criminality from POMOC and New Europeans here:

Also, see Unlock (, with a useful one page summary with helpful links: