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Change to use of biometric residence permits

From 6 April 2022 holders of biometric residence cards and permits must prove their right to work via the Home Office online checking service.

30 March 2022

Holders of biometric residence cards (BRC), biometric residence permits (BRPs) and frontier work permits (FWP) must prove their right to work using the Home Office online checking service. From 6 April 2022 employers will not be able to accept physical cards for these holders' right to work checks.

Proving right to work

From 6 April 2022, BRC, BRP and FWP holders will be able to prove their right to work in the UK using the Home Office online checking service only.

Employers will no longer be able to accept physical cards for the purposes of a right to work check, even if it shows a later expiry date.

The Home Office will remove BRCs, BRPs and FWPs from the lists of acceptable documents used to conduct a manual right to work check.

Retrospective checks will not be required on biometric card holders who, before 6 April 2022, used their physical card to demonstrate their right to work.

Employers will maintain a statutory excuse against any civil penalty if the initial checks were undertaken in line with the guidance that applied at the time the check was made.

Home Office online checking service

The Home Office online checking service allows employers to check the right to work of people who hold: BRPs, BRCs, FWP, status under the EU Settlement Scheme, status under the points-based immigration system or a British National Overseas visa.

Applicants generate a share code which they can then share with an employer who uses the code to check the applicant's right to work status online.

Further information

Further information can be found in Right to work checks: an employer's guide.