- Under the temporary changes that were instated on March 30, 2020, employers have been able to carry out document checks through video calls and document scans instead of seeing original documents.
- Starting on June 20, 2021, employers must check the employee’s physical documents to verify right to work status. An online sharecode can also be used.
- If a prospective or existing employee is unable to provide necessary documents, employers can use the UK’s Employer Checking Service.
- After June 20, 2021, certain exceptions are available for some online right to work checks. For example, if an employee holds an online status under the EU Settlement Scheme or a Biometric Residence Permit and can provide a share code, physical document verification isn’t required.
Any right to work checks that were completed in between March 30, 2020, and June 20, 2021, do not need to be re-done due to the adjusted measures that were taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.