Switch from pre-settled status to settled status
If you have pre-settled status, you can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you got your status.
You must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme again before your pre-settled status expires to stay in the UK.
When to apply
You can apply to switch to settled status as soon as you’re eligible. This is usually after you’ve lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 5 years in a row (known as ‘continuous residence’).
The 5 years is counted from the day you started your continuous residence, not the day you were granted pre-settled status.
You may not be eligible for settled status if during the 5 years you spent more than 6 months outside the UK in a 12-month period.
You came to the UK on 2 March 2018 and got pre-settled status on 15 January 2020. You will become eligible to apply for settled status on 2 March 2023, after you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years.
The latest you could apply for settled status is on 14 January 2025, just before your pre-settled status expires.
Check the guidance if your continuous residence has been affected by COVID-19, which includes information on when you can be absent from the UK for longer than 6 months.
If you’re not eligible for settled status
If you’re not eligible for settled status because you spent more than 6 months outside the UK in a 12-month period, you may be able to get pre-settled status again.
Both of the following must apply:
- the time you spent outside the UK was before 31 December 2020
- you were back in the UK by 31 December 2020
You may also be able to get pre-settled status again if you apply to join a family member from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein who was living in the UK by 31 December 2020.
If you cannot get pre-settled status again and your current status is about to expire, apply for a visa to stay in the UK.
What you’ll need
You’ll need proof of identity and evidence of your continuous residence. If your pre-settled status was based on your relationship to a family member, you will also need evidence of that relationship.
You can use the same types of evidence you used to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme the first time.
Apply to switch your status
It is free to apply.
After you’ve applied
If your application is successful, a letter will be emailed to you confirming your status.
If you’re given settled status
You can stay in the UK as long as you like. You’ll usually be able to apply for citizenship 12 months after you’ve got settled status.
If you’re given pre-settled status again
You can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date on your Home Office decision letter.
You can apply for settled status after you’ve lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 5 years in a row (known as ‘continuous residence’).