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Key Points

  • Right-to-work checks must be conducted online for certain work permit holders beginning April 5, 2022


On December 16, 2021, the government of the United Kingdom updated guidance for employee right-to-work checks that will go into effect in April 2022. Beginning April 5, 2022, physical biometric cards will no longer be accepted for the right-to-work checks. Instead, employers will need to conduct an online right-to-work check. Currently, the online service can support the following categories:

  • Biometric residence permit holders
  • Biometric residence cardholders
  • Individuals with status issued under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Holders of a digital Certificate of Application to the EU Settlement Scheme issued on or before June 30, 2021
  • Individuals with a status issued under the point-based immigration system
  • British National Overseas (BNO) visa holders, OR
  • Frontier workers permit holders

A manual right-to-work check should be conducted for categories not supported by the online service. Additionally, any right-to-work check undertaken before April 6, 2022, with a physical biometric card will remain valid. For additional information concerning the guidance, click here.

What are the Changes

The government of the UK released new guidance for the right-to-work checks that will go into effect the first week of April 2022.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the UK’s government website for additional information and updates.

Source: GOV.UK

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