Home Office ending temporary arrangements for UK right to work checks


The Home Office has ended temporary permissions to allow employers to conduct right to work checks remotely. From 17 May 2021, employers must conduct right to work checks in the usual way and as set out in Home Office guidance. Employers must see original documentation, rather than scans or copies to complete checks. They can also use the online checking portal to complete checks.

While the temporary arrangements end on 17 May, there is no need for employers to retrospectively check the right to work of employees appointed using the COVID-19 adjusted check between 30 March 2020 and 16 May 2021 (inclusive). Employers will maintain a defence against a civil penalty if the check carried out between these dates was carried out in the prescribed manner, or as set out in COVID-19 adjusted check guidance. 

NHS Employers will continue to work with the Department of Health and Social Care and Disclosure and Barring Service to keep temporary COVID-19 pre-employment check guidance up to date.

Further information

Read the Home Office guidance.

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