April 29, 2021

Temporary Adjustments to U.K. Right to Work Checks Ending in May

In early 2020, during COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions, employers were temporarily allowed to check an individual’s right to work in the U.K. virtually, by asking them to submit a scanned copy or photo of their original documents via email or a mobile app, and then using video platforms through which individuals could present the original document to check against the digital copy.

What has changed?

Those temporary adjustments to right to work checks are now ending, and as of May 17, 2021 organizations can no longer accept a scanned copy or a photo of the original documents. They must either:

    • Check the individual’s original documents, or
    • Check the individual’s right to work online via the Home Office right to work platform, subject to the employee giving permission for their details to be viewed and providing their share code.

The online process does not require the organization to see or check the employee’s physical documents as the right to work information is provided in real time directly from the Home Office. This process can be used to check the right to work of current Biometric Residence Permit or card holders with status under the EU Settlement Scheme or the points-based immigration system. Organizations cannot force their employees to use this service or discriminate against those who wish to provide their physical documents for verification.

For further information on changes to the right to work scheme, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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