The Home Office announced earlier today (12 May) that it will continue to allow employers to perform Right to Work checks virtually until 20 June 2021.
Its previous position was that employers wishing to benefit from a statutory excuse would need to revert to the usual process from 17 May 2021. This caused widespread concern in view of the government’s current guidance to employers that staff should continue to work from home where possible until at least 21 June 2021.
Employers were facing a situation where they would have to send staff and employees to the office for no other reason than to conduct Right to Work checks.
The Home Office’s change in stance means that up to and including 20 June 2021:
- 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.
Although this change has been announced with only four days to go, meaning that many employers will have had to make plans for staff to be in the office, the decision to delay the end of the Covid-19 concession on Right to Work checks will be welcome. Members of our immigration team have been in discussions with the Home Office including this week to try and persuade them to delay the change and we are pleased that such representations have been effective.
Full details of the announcement can be found here.
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