If you have permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain
The process of applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is different if you have a permanent residence document or indefinite leave to remain.
If you have a valid ‘UK permanent residence document’
If you have a valid UK permanent residence document, you’ll have one of the following:
- a certificate inside your blue ‘residence documentation’ booklet (or pink if you’re a Swiss national)
- a certificate inside your passport
- a biometric residence card confirming permanent residence (only if you’re from outside the EU)
You can change your permanent residence document to settled status by applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. You will not have to pay or prove you have 5 years’ continuous residence.
If you have indefinite leave to remain in or enter the UK
Indefinite leave to remain is a type of immigration status you’ll usually have applied for. You’ll usually have a stamp in your passport or a letter from the Home Office.
You can continue to live in the UK without applying to the EU Settlement Scheme if you have indefinite leave to remain or enter. However, you can choose to change it for settled status.
This means you should be able to spend up to 5 years in a row outside the UK without losing your settled status (instead of 2 years with indefinite leave to remain or enter).
How long you can live outside the UK is still subject to approval by Parliament.
You will not have to pay or prove you have 5 years’ continuous residence.