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The provision for Digital Right to Work checks has been extended until April 5th 2022.

On August 30th the UK Home Office announced it would extend the temporary provision for digital Right to Work checks until April 5th 2022.

First introduced in March 2020, employers carrying out Right to Work checks are able to conduct these adjusted checks via video calls – and job applicants and existing workers can send the employer scans or photographs of documents, rather than providing the original documents in-person.

How are the digital checks conducted?

  • Checks can be carried out over video calls
  • Job applicants and existing workers can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or a mobile app, rather than sending originals
  • Employers should use the Home Office Employer Checking Service if a prospective or existing employee cannot provide any of the accepted documents

Digital right to work checks are now due to end on April 5th 2022. The Home Office will provide guidance ahead of this date.

The Home Office has also reported that it has initiated a review of the availability of specialist technology to support a system of digital right to work checks in the future.

Read more about digital Right to Work checks here.

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