Extension of Adjusted Right to Work Checks

Posted on: September 7th, 2021

In March 2020, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Home Office introduced an Adjusted Right to Work Scheme as a temporary measure to support businesses throughout the pandemic. The adjusted scheme was originally due to end in May 2021 but has since been extended 3 times in response to delays in easing restrictions and due to the input received from employers and other organisations.

The Government have just announced that the Adjusted Right to Work Scheme end date will be deferred until 5 April 2022 as the impacts of the pandemic continue and the need to continue to try to limit face to face contact remains.

As a reminder, the Adjusted Right to Work Scheme includes:

  • The right to carry out checks over video calls.
  • The right for job applicants and existing workers to be able to send scanned or photographed documents for checks rather than sending original documents.
  • Passports within 6 months of the expiry date can be used.

From 5 April 2022 the Right to Work checks will revert to the position previously which includes:

  • Checking the applicant’s original documents; or
  • Checking the applicant’s right to work online if they have given you their share code.

Employers will not need to carry out retrospective checks on any employees who had a Covid-19 adjusted check from 30 March 2020 – 5 April 2022.

We will keep you updated when the Right to Work guidance changes again on 5 April 2022. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do get in touch.