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Return to in-person Right to Work checks delayed

Following positive feedback from UK employers, the Home Office has announced that the ‘adjusted’ process for checking right to work remotely, which has been in place since March 2020, will continue until 5 April 2022.

 We can therefore continue to accept scans/photos of documents in conjunction with verification by video call up to and including this date. Alternatively, international staff who have a digital status may wish to provide a ‘share code’ instead. Please see our guidance on undertaking online right to work checks.

 The deferment of the adjusted process end date will allow the Home Office to complete its review of the availability and suitability of specialist technology with the aim of developing a digital right to work check solution for everyone, including UK and Irish citizens. More information will be made available in due course.


These pages provide guidance on UK immigration law relating to employees, workers and visitors. They are designed to help departments/institutions ensure that new staff have the right to work in the UK before they commence work. These pages also explain the processes to follow when appointing someone who needs to obtain right to work through the UK Immigration System, and the duties that need to be met throughout the employment of a sponsored individual. Following this guidance will help departments/institutions to stay within immigration law and it will help appointments to be made more smoothly.

There is training available for departments/institutions on immigration considerations within recruitment:

If you are in any doubt about any aspect of immigration with regards to recruitment or right to work checks, please contact the Compliance Team for further assistance before proceeding.