Immigration, Brexit and what charities need to know: Chetal Patel speaks to Third Sector

Chetal Patel, Partner in our immigration team, has been quoted by Third Sector in a feature that examines the ways in which charities can equip themselves and, most importantly their EU staff, to address the key immigration issues which have emerged in the run-up to Brexit.

In an article entitled “Want to get Brexit-ready? Then buy an Android phone”, Deputy Editor Emily Burt cites Chetal’s view that it is ‘crucial that charity employers supporting staff through Brexit have a firm grasp of their workforce composition and their rights’.

Among other issues to bear in mind, Chetal makes the point that charities must stay mindful of the Home Office’s updated visa sponsorship guidance that was released in August. She sets out how “this change covers the situation in which some visa holders come into the UK and might no longer obtain a passport stamp, so a sponsor should check the date the person entered the UK to ensure that it’s within the validity of their Tier 2/5 visa.”

Elsewhere in this piece Chetal stresses how important it is for charities with a heavy reliance on volunteers to prepare for the likely disruption that the ongoing political turbulence may bring. In a stark warning to these organisations she explains that the “If sponsor licences were to be suspended or revoked, it could put some charities out of business, especially those that are heavily reliant on migrant workers.”

If you’d like to read more of Chetal’s insights click here to access the rest of Emily’s article (£).

This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of September 17, 2019.