21 Apr Right to work check – update
On 20 April 2021, the Home Office updated its policy on the Right to Work Scheme COVID-19 Adjusted Checks.
From 17 May 2021, employers must check migrants’ right to work in the UK by following the employer’s guidance:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/969123/An_employer_s_guide_to_right_to_work_checks.pdf. Employers have to check individuals’ original documents, please note that a scanned copy or a photo of original documents will no longer be accepted.
Alternatively, organisations can use the Home Office online right to work via the official website: https://www.gov.uk/view-right-to-work. Employers will need to provide the prospective job applicant’s date of birth and the right to work share code to check. In addition, organisations can carry out a check via video call by using this service, however, the employer must obtain the employee’s permission to view their details in the form of a share code.
Employers can use the right to work service under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) or the Points-Based System (PBS). Please be advised that there is no requirement to carry out retrospective checks on those who had a COVID-19 adjusted check between 30 March 2020 and 16 Mary 2021 (inclusive).
For more detailed information, please refer to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-right-to-work-checks.
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