Coronavirus Right to Work Checks Adjusted Measures

On 26 August 2021, the government announced that the right to work check Covid-19 concessions have been extended and will now continue until 5 April 2022 (inclusive).



The government's guidance page (available here) has been updated to reflect the extension of the rules which allow checks to be conducted remotely.

As a reminder:

"Up to and including 5 April 2022, if you are carrying out a temporary adjusted check, you must:

  • ask the worker to submit a scanned copy or a photo of their original documents via email or using a mobile app
  • arrange a video call with the worker – ask them to hold up the original documents to the camera and check them against the digital copy of the documents, record the date you made the check and mark it as “adjusted check undertaken on [insert date] due to COVID-19”
  • if the worker has a current Biometric Residence Permit or Biometric Residence Card or has been granted status under the EU Settlement Scheme or the points-based immigration system you can use the online right to work checking service while doing a video call – the applicant must give you permission to view their details."

The extension was put in place to allow the Right to Work Scheme to continue to operate in a way that supports employers. The government is looking to implement a long-term system of digital right to work checks. The government's intention is to introduce a new digital solution to include many who are currently unable to use the online checking service, including UK and Irish citizens.

New guidance will be issued ahead of the adjusted measures coming to an end on 6 April 2022.

TalentScotland is running a series of webinars on immigration related topics including one on Understanding the changes to right to work checks for EEA and Swiss nationals from 1st July 2021 - more details can be found here