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The Home Office have published a further update on right to work checks on 12 May 2021 making a complete U-turn in expecting employers to obtain physical documents such as a passport and/or BRP card to be sent for right to work checks for new hires.
Updated advice for employers carrying out right to work checks during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
The following temporary changes were made on 30 March 2020 and will now remain in place until 20 June 2021 (inclusive):
Checking an individual’s right to work using the temporary COVID-19 adjusted check measures
Up to and including 20 June 2021, if you are carrying out a temporary adjusted check, you must:
Opposition to the introduction of physical right to work checks has paid off with the Home Office delaying this requirement to at least after 20 June 2021. For many employers who will have made arrangements to get their HR teams and others safely into the office to conduct in-person (if socially distanced) right to work checks, this will no longer be required.
This article has been produced for general information purposes and further advice should be sought from a professional advisor. Please contact our Business and Private Immigration team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin for further advice or information.