COVID-19: UK Immigration Update

    View Author April 2020
    Temporary Changes to Right to Work Checks

    In light of the practical challenges of verifying original documents during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Home Office has finally issued guidance clarifying temporary adjustments when carrying out right to work checks. This will be a relief to employers having to recruit at short notice, as well as those required to conduct a follow-up check for existing employees with expiring visas.

    Ordinarily, the employer must see the original right to work document in the presence of the holder prior to making a certified copy. This can include seeing the employee in person or via a live video link, but still leaves the requirement to see the original document. The Home Office introduced an online right to work service in 2019, but this only works in limited circumstances and does not apply to those presenting British passports, for example.