Covid 19 Changes to right to work checks

Changes have been made to make it easier for employers to carry out right to work checks during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A statement published on the Home Office website, on Monday March 30th, said that “right to work checks have been temporarily adjusted” to support employers.

As of 30 March 2020 the following temporary changes have been made:

  • Checks can now be carried out over video calls
  • Job applicants and existing workers can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or a mobile app, rather than sending originals
  • Employers should use the Employer Checking Service if a prospective or existing employee cannot provide any of the accepted documents


The Home Office has published the following advice for employers conducting a right to work check during the temporary COVID-19 measures:

  • 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 status under the EU Settlement Scheme 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


If the job applicant or existing worker cannot show their documents then the Home Office say you must contact the Home Office Employer Checking Service.

Full details can be found on the Home Office Website by using the link below.

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