Settled and pre-settled status for EU citizens and their families

Getting settled status in less than 5 years

You and your family members can get settled status with less than 5 years’ residence in certain situations.

If you have to stop working

If you’re an EU citizen you may be able to get settled status if you have to stop working or being self-employed because of an accident or illness (known as ‘permanent incapacity’). You must either:

  • have lived continuously in the UK for the 2 years immediately beforehand
  • be married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen

If you’re the family member of an EU citizen at the time they stopped working you may also be eligible for settled status.

If you reach State Pension age or retire early

If you’re an EU citizen you can get settled status if you reach State Pension age or retire early and either:

  • you worked continuously or were self employed for 1 year beforehand and have lived continuously in the UK for 3 years
  • your spouse or civil partner is a British citizen

If you’re the family member of an EU citizen at the time they reach State Pension age or retire early you may also be eligible for settled status.

If you start work or self-employment in another EU country

If you’re an EU citizen you can get settled status if you start work or self-employment in another EU country and you both:

  • have lived and worked or been self-employed in the UK continuously for 3 years beforehand
  • usually return to your UK home once a week

If you’re the family member of an EU citizen at the time they start work or self-employment in another EU country you may also be eligible for settled status.

If you’re the family member of an EU citizen who has died

If your family member worked or was self-employed in the UK at the time of their death, you may be eligible for settled status. You must have been living with them just before their death and either:

  • they lived continuously in the UK for at least 2 years before their death
  • their death was the result of an accident at work or an occupational disease