Right to work checks will be conducted in person from 17 May 2021

27 April 2021

The Home Office has confirmed that right to work checks will need to return to being held in-person from 17 May 2021.

Guidance confirms that the temporary changes to right to work checks implemented due to coronavirus are due to end, and that, from 17 May 2021, an applicant’s original documents need to be reviewed, or the applicant’s right to work must be checked online if they have provided a share code.

In the period from 30 March 2020 and 16 May 2021, the checks were made virtual due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Checks were able to be performed via video call, and job applicants and existing workers were able to send scanned documents or photos of identification documents by using email or mobile apps, without the need to provide originals.

The advice given is that there is no requirement to carry out retrospective checks on individuals who had a coronavirus-adjusted check between the periods of 30 March 2020 and 16 May 2021.


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