Immigration alert: Adjusted Covid right to work checks extended again to 5 April 2022

31 August 2021

As mentioned in our recent alert of 18 June 2021, the video call Covid temporary adjusted right to work process was due to end today.  However, at the eleventh hour the Home Office has announced the adjusted right to work process is extended again to 5 April 2022.

The adjusted process has been well-received by employers and the extra time will allow the Home Office to expand standard online right to work checks to all employees, meaning physical document checks would no longer be necessary.  Currently, standard online right to work checks can be used for anyone with a Biometric Residence Permit or digital immigration status but not for example British or Irish citizens who do not need permission to work in the UK.  

Late applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme
The Home Office also updated its employer’s guide to right to work checks today. The main change concerns where an employer is recruiting someone who has applied late to the EU Settlement Scheme after 30 June 2021, there is clarification that two things need to be checked for right to work purposes before the employment can commence. Firstly digital or non-digital confirmation from the Home Office that the application has been submitted – this is known as a Certificate of Application. Secondly employers need to use the Employer Checking Service and receive a Positive Verification Notice confirming the person has the right to work. 

Our FAQs on right to work checks: what employers need to know have more information.

If you have any queries in relation to the above change or any other immigration matter, please contact a member of the immigration team.

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