Basic VFR weather minimums?

Basic VFR minimums are 1000-3 (1000 ft ceiling and 3 miles visibility), but there are also the basic cloud clearance requirements: 500 feet below, 1000 above, and 2000 horizontal. My question is, how can you have a 1000 foot ceiling and be legal to fly IFR if you must stay 500 feet below the clouds. That would... show more Basic VFR minimums are 1000-3 (1000 ft ceiling and 3 miles visibility), but there are also the basic cloud clearance requirements: 500 feet below, 1000 above, and 2000 horizontal. My question is, how can you have a 1000 foot ceiling and be legal to fly IFR if you must stay 500 feet below the clouds. That would put you flying at 500 feet, which is neither safe or legal (in most places).
Update: Sorry about that, I did mean VFR the second time.
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