Portsmouth’s EU migrants to receive free legal help over permanent UK residency

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EU migrants in Portsmouth are to be offered free legal advice on how to become British citizens or obtain permanent residence in the UK.

Campaign movement Friends Without Borders is putting on the event at Portsmouth Friendship Centre, in Elm Grove, Southsea, on Sunday, September 18.

Organisers say that following June’s EU referendum, there are likely to be significant numbers of EU citizens in the Portsmouth area ‘with anxieties about their status here as Britain plans to leave the EU’.

Anyone wanting help with the application process to become a citizen and obtain permanent residence and information over how much it costs are welcome.

People will also be told what documents they need to provide and the importance of applying for residency.

Free legal advice will be given by qualified advisers.

There will be a 30-minute talk followed by individual advice sessions for the public.

The occasion is being funded by the University of Portsmouth’s Citizenship, Race & Belonging Group.

It takes place on the day from 10.30am to midday.

For further information, contact charles.leddy-owen@port.ac.uk