The process for EU citizens to apply for settled status has been declared a “shambles” after chefs Richard Bertinet and Damian Wawrzyniak were denied permanent residency in the UK, despite having lived and worked in the country for 31 and 15 years respectively.
Bertinet, who has lived in the UK continuously since 1988 and runs the Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School in Bath, was granted pre-settled status following Brexit, 24 hours after applying for permanent residency. Pre-settled status is usually given to individuals who have lived in the UK for less than five years. He was told he would have to apply again for the right to stay permanently in the UK in five years’ time.
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