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Right to work changes

As of 17th May 2021, right to work checks can no longer be made by checking digital documents or scanned copies of documents online. This means that employers must be in possession of the original documents required to show a person’s right to work in the UK.

Employers have a responsibility to carry out right to work checks on employees to ensure that they have immigration permission to work in the UK to prevent illegal working.

It must be noted that there is no requirement to carry out retrospective checks on employees who joined employment during the Covid period where digital checks were accepted between 30 March 2020 and 16 May 2021. 

Right to work checks during coronavirus

Up until 16th May 2021, the UK government allows current right to work checks to be made online and applicants and workers can send scanned copies of documents showing their right to work in the UK.

The UK government provides a list of acceptable documents which would satisfy the right to work requirements which include, but are not limited to the following examples:

  • British passport
  • BRP visa
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of naturalisation or registration

Should you have any queries regarding the above information or if you require assistance with your corporate, employment or immigration matter, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at londoninfo@hudsonmckenzie.com or by telephone +44(0) 20 3318 5794.

The information provided does not amount to legal advice.