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Temporary Changes to right to work checks

The Government has issued advice for employers carrying out right to work checks for new recruits during the coronavirus pandemic, which is intended to make the checks easier. The full details can be found here:


Essentially, checks still need to be carried out, but:

  • checks can be carried out by video call; and
  • job applicants or current workers can provide scanned documents or photos of documents instead of submitting originals.

If a worker has a current Biometric Residence Permit or Biometric Residence Card or status under the EU Settlement Scheme, an employer can use the online right to work checking service: https://www.gov.uk/view-right-to-work


NOTE: These temporary changes to right to work checks end on 20 June 2021. The right to work checks that apply from 21 June 2021 can be found here:



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