Further to our previous update on 26th April 2021, we can confirm that the temporary measures for right to work checks will now be end on 20th June 2021 (this has been extended from the previous date of 16th May 2021). This new date brings the changes in line with step 4 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
During this period, employers can continue to carry out right to work checks over video calls. In addition, for both job applicants and current workers, they can send in scanned documents or a photo of their documents by mobile app or email. They are not required to send in originals. Retrospective checks will not be needed for employees that have had their right to work checks completed as part of the temporary Covid-19 adjustments where they have been done in the prescribed manner.
From 20th June 2021, employer’s must carry out checks as advised in our update on 26th April 2021, namely:
- Check an applicant’s original documents; or,
- If the application has provided a share code, then can check right to work online.
For further guidance on this, employers should contact the Home Office or a specialist in immigration.