EU Citizens Share Frustration about Having to Apply for UK Visas and Settled Status

30 May 2019 | Carl Thomas

A Polish chef known for working alongside people like Jamie Oliver and Mary Berry is at the head of a new revolt around the changing nature of the UK work permit. He's responsible for a group of Poles in the UK who are complaining to the UK immigration offices about the fact that they need to apply for settled status now that Brexit is underway.

More than 7,000 people have currently signed the recently launched petition against applying for British naturalisation. The petition asks for the government to change the word "application" on the settlement paperwork, to "registration" instead.

When the appeal reaches 10,000 signatures, the government will be required to respond. The man at the head of the charge has worked in the UK for more than 15 years, with a full UK work permit. He's established restaurants of his own in the country and originally backed Brexit believing that it would help restaurants to select the British produce they want. However, the chef has changed his mind about Brexit, now that he sees he will need to apply to live in the country he calls his home.

Backing has already begun for the appeal against the application for British Naturalisation for people like Chef Damian Wawrzyniak. David Lammy, the MP for Tottenham, said that it was appalling that the Home Office was asking EU citizens to apply for the right to remain in their own homes.

The scheme as it stands is offensive to people who have already achieved the correct UK work permit and visa status to remain in the UK indefinitely. Although hundreds of thousands of EU citizens have already completed their application to stay in the UK after Brexit, there are many people who claim that the situation needs to change.

If the appeal is successful, then it will mean that people who have already settled in the UK will only need to "register" and say that they're going to continue to live in the country, rather than "applying" for British naturalisation again.