Digitising Right to Work Checks

All employers in the UK have a responsibility to prevent illegal working. You do this by conducting simple right to work checks before you employ someone, to make sure the individual is not disqualified from carrying out the work in question by reason of their immigration status.

On 27 December 2021, the government announced its intention to enable employers and landlords to use certified digital identity service providers to carry out identity checks on the employers behalf for many who are not in scope to use the Home Office online services, including British and Irish citizens. The legislation will take effect from 6 April 2022.  This development will align with the Disclosure and Barring Service’s (DBS) proposal to enable digital identity checking within their criminal record checking process, through the introduction of its Identity Trust Scheme.

The introduction of the use of Identification Document Validation Technology (IDVT), from 6 April 2022, will allow for British and Irish citizens who hold a valid passport (including Irish passport cards), to be able to upload images of their personal documents via a certified IDSP to verify their identity remotely and prove their eligibility to work or rent, instead of presenting physical documents or the need for employers and landlords to examine these documents.

During Covid-19 employers have been able to undertake temporary adjusted checks on potential employees right to work.  The end date for these temporary adjusted checks has been extended to 30 September 2022, giving employers time to establish the necessary commercial relationships with identified service providers IDVT.

View Government guidance on right to work checks for employers, by clicking the link below.

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