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First Dates star Fred Sirieix ‘made to feel like second-class citizen’

He applied for settled status in the UK.

Fred Sirieix said the process was ‘upsetting’ (Matt Crossick/PA)
Fred Sirieix said the process was ‘upsetting’ (Matt Crossick/PA)

By Craig Simpson, PA

First Dates star Fred Sirieix says that he feels like a second-class citizen after dealing with the Home Office.

The French maitre’d has complained that he was asked for proof of residence in the country for five years, when the UK has been his home for 27.

Sirieix revealed his being asked was a mistake and he has been ultimately granted settled status, but has branded the immigration process a disturbing waste of time.

He also blamed the “Brexit shambles” for the complications.

The TV star wrote on Twitter: “As small as this may seem to some, the whole thing was deeply upsetting and unsettling. I could not find proofs of residency last night and woke up at 4am to check

“After all these years in the UK it is so wrong to make people feel like second-class citizens.”

After being asked for details about his status in the UK, the issue was resolved, with Sirieix being confirmed as settled.

The First Dates star has attributed his recent ordeal to Brexit.

He wrote on Twitter: “How unnecessary and a total waste of time #settledstatus SO SO SO WRONG.”

Sirieix has consistently posted about Brexit and the need for truthful politics.

A Home Office spokesman said: “We have contacted Mr Sirieix about his application and he has now been granted settled status.

“Nobody has been granted pre-settled status without first being offered the opportunity to submit evidence that they qualify for settled status.

“EU Settlement Scheme statistics confirm that by the end of June not a single person had been refused.

“EU citizens are our friends, family and neighbours and we want them to stay.”

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