NEWS ALERT: UK Government agrees to automatically extend Pre-Settled Status for those who do not qualify for Settled Status.

18 Jul 2023, 20 mins ago

From September 2023, those living in the UK with Pre-Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme will automatically have this status extended by a further 2 years if they have not obtained Settled Status before its expiry.

The automatic extensions were confirmed as part of the statement of changes to the Immigration Rules of 17 July 2023, to implement the recent decision in the Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements v Secretary of State for the Home Department High Court case.  

Per the Home Office’s statement released yesterday:

The process will be automated by the Home Office and reflected in the person’s digital status. They will be notified of the extension directly. This will ensure that nobody loses their immigration status if they do not apply to switch from pre-settled to settled status.

The Home Office also intends to take steps to automatically convert as many eligible pre-settled status holders as possible to settled status once they are eligible for it, without them needing to make an application. During 2024, automated checks of pre-settled status will establish their ongoing continuous residence in the UK. Safeguards will be in place to ensure that settled status is not wrongly granted.”

The automatic extensions will be welcome news to the many thousands of EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members living in the UK, particularly those who might have had concerns over their options for remaining in the UK beyond Pre-Settled Status.

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