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UK right to work measures extended

September 7, 2021 | Business, Employment, Immigration, News

A further right to work check extension has been put in place by the UK government. Since the pandemic, the way in which right to work checks have been completed have temporarily changed. Physical documents are not required and documents can be checked digitally. Originally, right to work checks would require that employers be in possession of original documents to show a person’s right to work in the UK. 

The deadline for the right to work check change has been extended from 31st August 2021 to 5th April 2022. The Home Office has stated that new guidance will be published ahead of 6th April 2022 on the new rules for checking an individual’s right to work. 

The following current right to work checks will be in place until 5th April 2022:

  • Checks can currently be carried out over video calls
  • Job applicants and existing workers can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or a mobile app, rather than sending originals
  • Employers should use the Home Office Employer Checking Service if a prospective or existing employee cannot provide any of the accepted documents

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.

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