Gaining Settled Status In The UK

What Is Settled Status In The UK?

You may be entitled to settled status if you have lived in the UK for a continuous five-year period – this is known as ‘settled status’. You may be considered to be a resident in the UK on or before December 31, 2020. To be eligible for settled status you must have either lived in the UK for a continuous five-year period in the past or have not left the UK for more than five years in a row since then.

The exceptions are:

  • A period of time outside of the UK for up to twelve months for an important reason. For example, childbirth, serious illness, study or overseas work
  • Compulsory military service of any length of time
  • Time spent abroad as a Crown servant or as the family member of a Crown servant
  • Time spent abroad in the armed forces, or as the family member of someone in the armed forces

What Does Settled Status Allow Me To Do? 

You can stay in the UK as long as you intend to if you get settled status. You will also be able to apply for British citizenship if you are eligible. You will be entitled to the same rights to live and work with welfare and healthcare benefits as British citizens. Your settled status is evidence that you have full rights to reside in the UK.

How To Apply For Settled Status And How Cromwell Wilkes Can Help In Doing It? 

 You can apply for settled status if you are eligible before June 30, 2021. However, late applications under exceptional circumstances are being accepted. Cromwell Wilkes has many years of experience in successfully applying for settled status and British citizenship.

Those who have lived in the UK for shorter periods of time can also qualify for pre-settled status, which can then be upgraded to settled status once the applicant has reached the five-year milestone.

Our team deals with all aspects of UK immigration law. We can help you and your family apply for the correct status to enter or remain in the UK.

UK Settled Status

How Can Cromwell Wilkes Help You Apply for A UK Visa? 

We are a highly dedicated team devoted to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to those seeking visas, as part of friendly and professional service.

To obtain your free consultation, please complete the form. Please provide as much information as possible to enable your appointed Cromwell Wilkes lawyer to provide you with the best service. You should receive a response within 48 hours.

Q&A

How long can I leave the UK with pre-settled status?

Although you will not lose your pre-settled status – unless you spend up to two years outside the UK – you will lose your ‘continuous residence’ if you leave the UK for more than 180 days for every one year period within the five consistent years required to be in the UK.

Absences due to Covid-19 are recognised as an important reason to justify an absence from the UK of more than six months. However, the absence must not have been longer than twelve months and the applicants should provide sufficient evidence of this.

Due to Covid-19 related travel restrictions, I have been unable to return to the UK. Will I lose my pr-settled status?

If your current absence from the UK is directly related to the Covid-19 pandemic, we would strongly advise that when making an application for settled status, you provide all relevant evidence that clearly states why you could not return to the UK. 

What if I do not have documented identification?

Generally speaking, the Home Office will expect all applicants to submit a valid identity document that is not expired.

For EU citizens, the identity document can be a passport or national identity card. For non-EU citizens applying based on a relationship with an EU national, it can be a passport, a biometric residence permit or a biometric residence card.

Applicants that might be at risk of missing the deadline due to being unable to produce a valid passport may encounter acceptations under the following:

a) You can explain why you cannot obtain a passport.

b) Your ID might still be valid despite the expiry date as certain countries have extended the validity period of their identity documents in response to Covid-19.

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25. November, 2021.
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23. November, 2021.
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22. November, 2021.
My experience with this law firm and specially with Justin and Lucy was phenomenal. My case was difficult and different. And at one point I thought I will lose my case with Home Office. These guys handled my case professionally. Guided me step by step and I am a British citizen now and have a British passport. Fees was very reasonable. Other lawyers were asking me in thousands of pounds. My case was done in 900 pounds. So highly recommended. Thank you Justin and Lucy at Cromwell Wilkies 👍
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22. November, 2021.
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22. November, 2021.
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