A further delay to the reintroduction of in-person right to work checks has been announced by the Home Office.
Updated guidance released said digital right to work checks – introduced as a temporary measure at the start of the pandemic to support businesses to work remotely – would be extended until the end of August.
Departments will now be required to resume in-person checks from 1 September 2021.
Detailed guidance on taking right to work checks can be found on the Compliance webpages here.
A face to face check can be any of the following:
- A check done in person using original documents (i.e. a ‘normal’ RTW check); or
- An online check using the ‘digital status service’ – Please see our full guidance on using this service. (note: this service is not available to British Citizens, or EU nationals presenting a passport/ID card before 30 June); or
- The individual posts in their original document, you conduct a video call and return their original document to them.
For those commencing employment overseas, there is no requirement to do a right to work check until such time as they enter the UK.
For casual workers, operating remotely, a check must be undertaken in line with one of the three options above from 1 September onward.