Immigration alert: Adjusted Covid right to work checks extended (yet again) to 30 September 2022

25 February 2022

Our previous alert confirmed the video call Covid temporary adjusted right to work check process would end on to 5 April 2022. However, in a welcome development the guidance has been updated this week confirming an extension of the adjusted right to work check process until 30 September 2022.

The change means that employers can continue to use the adjusted process to check copies of right to work documents over a video call.

The extension to the adjusted process is mainly to give employers more time to become comfortable with the new digital Identification Document Validation Technology (IDVT) checking process for British and Irish citizens due to launch on 6 April 2022. It means that employers who do not wish to start using the new IDVT process have a longer benefit from the adjusted process for checking British and Irish citizen employees. From 1 October 2022, if they wish, employers will still be able to check original documents from British and Irish citizens, without using the IDVT.

From 6 April 2022 employers must perform an online check if the person has a biometric residence permit. It will not be possible to carry out an original document (manual) check or an adjusted check (over video) if the person has a biometric residence permit.

For more information, see our guide to right to work checks.

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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