It was previously announced by The Government that temporary adjustments to Right to Work checks, implemented in March 2020 to allow employers to conduct digital checks via video calls, would come to an end on 6th April 2022.
These temporary checks were to be replaced by a new, permanent digital Right to Work checks system on April 6th 2022, which uses Identification Document Validation Technology (IDVT) to carry out digital checks for British and Irish Citizens with a valid passport or Irish passport card.
The end date of these temporary checks has now been delayed until Friday September 30th 2022 (inclusive).
According to the Home Office, “Deferring the end date of the adjusted checks to 30 September 2022 (inclusive) ensures the Right to Work Scheme continues to operate in a manner which supports employers to implement long-term, post-pandemic working practices.
“It also provides opportunity for employers to put measures in places to enable face to face document checks if they do not wish to adopt digital checks for British and Irish citizens with a valid passport (or Irish passport card)”.
The options for conducting Right to Work checks from Saturday October 1st 2022 will be as follows:
- Manual checks of physical documents
- Digital right to work checks for British and Irish citizens documents using the new home office IDVT system
- Home Office online right to work service. Checks using this service do not require a check of physical documents and can be carried out by video, as right to work information is provided in real time direct from Home Office systems.
- Contact the Home Office if the status remains unclear
Find out more about Right to Work checks on the Government website.