it91 wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:10 am
But you might have spent about 4 years before getting your PSS? Does it mean even as a EEA citizen, the time you spent here is reset and you need to wait for another 5 years for settlement/ILR and eventually naturalisation? Doesn’t make sense!
Ah, that's two different questions!
One question is how long pre-settled status is valid for. This is, as far as I know, five years from the date of decision.
The other question is when are you eligible for settled status. This is five years from when you started exercising treaty rights, assuming you exercised them continuously and didn't have excess absences etc.
So if you arrived here four years ago in 2015, you could apply for pre-settled status now (2019), and once you get it it will be valid for five years, so until 2024.
Then, five years from when you arrived here, so in 2020, you become eligible to apply for settled status.
You could then apply for settled status any time between 2020 and 2024. You would need to apply for settled status, or apply to extend pre-settled status, before 2024, before your pre-settled status expires.
It's not that "pre-settled status is valid for five years from date of decision" means you can't apply for settled status until it's epxired. Rather the opposite, you will have to apply for settled status before your pre-settled status expires, otherwise you'd be here without any status.
Does that make sense?