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New regulations concerning Right to Work checks

On 6 April 2022, new regulations came into force concerning right to work checks. These regulations amend the right to work check scheme, which requires employers to ascertain whether employees have the right to work in the UK by checking the immigration status of prospective candidates. Revised codes of practice have also come into force.

Subject to certain requirement, employers may now use identification document validation technology (IDVT) service providers to digitally verify the identity of British and Irish citizens with valid passports. This is an alternative to conducting a manual right to work check.

The new regulations remove various documents from the lists of acceptable documents for right to work checks, including biometric cards and permit British citizens to use expired passports to satisfy right to work checks.