A Michelin-starred chef says he has been refused permission to stay permanently in the UK despite living in the country for 23 years.
Claude Bosi, who runs the Bibendum restaurant in Chelsea, claims his application to allow him to live and work in the UK after Brexit has been denied.
In a post on Instagram, in which he pictured a letter he received from the Home Office, he wrote: “I have been in England for 23 years and today they have send [sic] me this.
“I love Britain I considered until today like home but they just told me after 23 years of tax paid /VAT paid I’m not welcome anymore.”
According to the letter, Mr Bosi applied in October for permission to live permanently in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme, for people who have lived in the country for more than five years.
But the response, dated this week, said this request had been “refused”.
The 47-year-old is the son of Italian parents who moved to France to open a restaurant.
Raised in Lyon, he left for England in his early twenties.
He first worked as a sous chef at Overton Grange in Ludlow, Shropshire, before being promoted to head chef and by January 1999 it received its first Michelin star.
In 2000, he opened his own restaurant, Hibiscus, and was awarded a Michelin star, receiving his second four years later.
He relocated the business to London and then, after it closed in 2016, moved to run the kitchen at Bibendum in the Michelin House building.
It was awarded two Michelin stars less than a year after opening.
Mr Bosi is not the first prominent chef to run into the same trouble.
Richard Bertinet, who has lived in the UK for 31 years and has three British children, said he has also been denied the right to stay permanently after Brexit.
EU citizens have to apply via the settlement scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021, as part of post-Brexit plans.
Last week, the department said more than 2.45 million EU citizens had been approved and the number of applications had hit more than 2.7 million – with a backlog of more than 300,000 applications to be processed.
Under the scheme, EU citizens and their relatives, plus those from the European Economic Area (EEA) countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as well as Switzerland, are asked to apply to confirm their immigration status so they can live and work in the UK when freedom of movement ends.
Once granted status, applicants can use the NHS, study and access public funds and benefits, as well as travel in and out of the country.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “Mr Bosi has not applied to the EU Settlement Scheme. He made an application for a permanent residence document – something which EU citizens living in the UK are not required or encouraged to do.
“His application for permanent residence was not successful because he did not provide sufficient evidence to show he met the criteria.
“We have spoken to him to help him to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, which has already guaranteed the rights of over 2.5 million people.
“It’s free, there is plenty of support available online, on the phone or in person and EU citizens and their families have until 30 June 2021 to apply.”
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