Right to work checks

Learn about the requirements for verifying an individual's right to work in the UK.

1 July 2021

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Please be aware, NHS Employers has published temporary pre-employment check requirements for employers to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the information available in our guidance section.

This standard outlines the legal requirements that NHS organisations must undertake in order to verify a candidate's right to work in the UK. 

It includes guidance on:

  • the type and level of checks required
  • specific forms of right to work documentation in appendix one
  • the type and level of checks for specific countries in appendix two 
  • the points-based immigration system in appendix three. 

Further detailed guidance on preventing illegal working is available on the Home Office website.

This standard outlines the type of checks and documentary evidence which are required in order to verify a candidate's legal right to work in the UK. In order to verify a candidate's identity, employers must refer to the identity check standard.

Take a look at our summary of updates to quickly identify the latest changes made to all of the pre-employment check standards.

Further guidance

Access more information about meeting the fit and proper person requirements for director level positions.

More background information about the purpose of the standards, who they apply to, how to meet compliance and avoid discrimination.