Bibendum’s two Michelin-Starred chef Claude Bosi has expressed his shock at having his application for a permanent permit to reside in the UK post-Brexit refused after living in the country for 23 years. Frenchman Bosi shared part of the letter from the Home Office on Instagram saying “I love Britain I considered until today like home”.
The chef who comes from Lyon lives in London with his pregnant wife and two children. He said: “I have been in England for 23 years and today they have send me this …. I love Britain I considered until today like home but they just told me after 23 years of taxe paid /Vat paid Im not welcome-anymore WTF it’s going on in this world.. #thankyoubrexit @borisjohnsonuk did I do something wrong…?”
His emotional outpouring has won him thousands of sympathisers with many commenting on the “absurdity” of the decision. Fellow chefs James Martin wrote: “WTF” while Lorraine Pascale commented: “Holy s**t,” while Tom Brown lamented: “That’s disgusting.”. Urban artists collective Snikarts said: “That is a f****ing disgrace,” and TV presenter Kate Thornton said: “I hope it is a mistake.”
Bosi told The Guardian: “I applied for permanent residency because a friend recommended it. He has a French wife and he said she got it no problem so that’s what I did.
“They have my records, they could see I was French. If this was the wrong thing to do somebody should tell me. Nobody told me I should apply for settled status, even when I went to the Home Office in person to get my photo taken.
“You have people there who can’t answer questions. When I asked how long it would take, what was next, they couldn’t answer. You are made feel unwelcome.
“After 23 years you feel like you are being taken for granted and they take your tax and then the robot just says ‘no’,” Bosi said. “This is the inhumanity of the government.”
The chef who founded Hibiscus Restaurant where he earned two Michelin stars had been self-employed most of his working life in the UK but the letter told him that he had not “provided adequate evidence to show that you have been a qualified person” to remain and could reapply providing five years’ worth of P60 tax records.
Bosi has since been advised by the Home Office to reapply for its settled status scheme launched last March, which has seen over 2.7m applications. EU citizens and their families have until 30 June 2021 to apply. The UK formally leaves the 27-nation bloc on 31 January 2020.