It may be that very few South Derbyshire Volunteer Managers will have volunteers from overseas, but just in case you are planning to go down this road, Third Sector Magazine has highlighted an issue with UK Borders Agency and visas.
In Third Sector’s e-bulletin, an article by Sarah Townsend says:
Voluntary organisations are appealing to the UK Borders Agency to clarify the volunteer category of the new points-based immigration system.
“It is a hideously complicated process that urgently needs reviewing,” said Mike Locke, public affairs director of Volunteering England. High levels of bureaucracy could deter people from travelling to the UK to volunteer, he said.
The Tier 5 category of the system requires anyone entering the UK to do voluntary work to obtain a visa. Voluntary organisations receiving them must hold a £400 licence. But there is confusion about what activities are classed as volunteering.
Ignorance about the system has also led to volunteers being turned away. Last week, 14 volunteers from Florida arrived at Gatwick to work at a church in London but were sent home for not having the correct paperwork.
Ifr you want to know more about this issue, please contact us at the Volunteer Centre South Derbyshire.