Marcia Longdon, partner in our immigration team, has written for the ABA special Covid-19 issue about the impact on the UK immigration system as a result of Coronavirus.
Marcia is a Human Rights & Immigration committee member with the Employment and Labor Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) and gives insight into guidance that the Home Office has issued.
As well as employers having to consider managing their employees, who are all, in most cases, required to work from home, the immigration perspective is causing huge problems. For example, employers are concerned that they are not being compliant with their obligations as sponsors of migrants. How are they (employers) to manage the migrants’ right-to-work check, which should, typically, be done face to face?
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, for obvious reasons that is no longer possible at the moment. In some circumstances an online right-of-work check may be possible, but where that is not the case employers are well advised to rely on copy documentation until the original documents can be provided. These limited checks, including potentially by video conferencing, should be carried out before the employment commences.
We have advised employers to make written records of what they are doing during this time as they may be required to produce evidence if they are audited by the Home Office.
You can read Marcia's full article here.