Carluccio’s is to pay for all of its non-British EU employees to apply for settled-status in the UK after Brexit.
The restaurant group, which last year entered a Company Voluntary Agreement and closed 30 loss-making sites, said that it would offer to cover the £65 cost of applications for all of its 1,550 staff affected.
Carluccio’s chief executive Mark Jones said: “There would be no Carluccio’s without one man making the journey from Europe to London. Today we employ over 2,300 people from over 80 countries.
“A large number, just like Antonio, decided to travel from mainland Europe and make their home in the UK. We are passionate about the value that they bring to our business and it is something which we are keen to protect. It’s what Antonio would have wanted.”
EU citizens who have lived in the UK for over five years must apply under the new scheme to obtain their new UK immigration status.
Those applying have to complete three steps: proving their identity, showing that they live in the UK and declaring that they have no serious criminal convictions.
For those that have not yet lived in the UK for five years are granted pre-settled status and are able to apply for the full status once they reach the five year point.