While having Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) may sometimes be referred to as ‘being settled’, it is technically not quite the same as having the Settled Status. Read on to find out more about ILR & Settled Status.
Settled Status vs being settled
Generally, ’being settled’ refers to individuals who have obtained the right to remain permanently in the UK to live, work and study. The Settled Status is a specific status granted by the EU Settlement Scheme, which was granted to EU nationals who had lived in the UK for a minimum of 5 years prior to their application.
While applications to the scheme are no longer open as of 30 June 2021 – except for certain discretionary ‘late applications’, those who have previously obtained the Pre-Settled Status may need to apply for the Settled Status once they have reached 5 years of residence.
Are ILR and Settled Status the same?
Indefinite Leave to Remain refers to the right to live and work in the UK without limitations. By obtaining the Settled Status through the EU Settlement Scheme, individuals are then automatically granted ILR.
Settled Status is then more of a means to obtaining ILR, similarly to other applications based on Family or Business Visas.
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