Digital right to work checks are currently due to end on 30 September 2022. This date has been delayed further multiple times because of employer concerns around the return to in-person checks. Also, with the shift to remote working for a number of employers, in-person checks can be difficult to conduct.
The UK government recognises that digital checks are favoured and have therefore announced implementation of digital right to work checks for employees.
- From 6 April 2022, foreign nationals who have a biometric residence card, biometric residence permit or frontier worker permit can only be checked online, not manually. They must provide their DOB and share code to allow the employer to check their status using the Government’s online checking service. This is a free service and as a result, manual checks will no longer be permitted. Employers don’t need to carry out a retrospective check for employees where a manual check was completed on or before 5 April 2022.
- From 1 October 2022, employers will use certified Identity Service Providers (IDSPs) to complete digital right-to-work checks for British and Irish citizens with valid passports. This will be an alternative to manual checks, and the IDSPs will complete these digital right-to-work checks on behalf of employers for a fee. The digital check will involve submitting images of personal documents rather than the original documents using Identity Document Validation Technology instead.
- Manual checks can continue to be carried out for employees not covered by point 1 above. This will mainly cover British and Irish nationals who do not require permission to work in the UK.
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