In May 2021 the Home Office announced that it would allow employers to perform Right to Work checks virtually until 20 June 2021. This was subsequently extended until 31 August 2021. Most recently it has been extended to 5 April 2022.
The Home Office’s latest position, confirmed in updated guidance, means that until 5 April 2022:
- right to work checks can continue to be carried out over video call;
- scanned copies or photos of required documents can be submitted via email or a mobile app.
Employers should also continue to use the Employer Checking Service where permitted to maintain a statutory excuse.
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This article was originally posted on 12 May 2021 and has been updated to reflect changes in policy.