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Employers are preparing for new rules requiring them to go online to check the right of certain non-British job candidates to work in the UK, in force from April 2022

From 6 April 2022 employers can only check certain non-British nationals’ right to work online, using the Home Office right to work checking service. Manual checks of physical documents are no longer possible. The new rules apply where the individual holds a biometric residence permit, a biometric residence card, or a frontier worker permit.

New employees need to provide their date of birth and a ‘right to work share code’ (which expires after 30 days) generated by the Home Office system, that the employer can then use to carry out their online check.

The employer must continue to follow the Home Office Guidance: An employer’s guide to right to work checks, when carrying out online checks, which means they must still be carried out before the new employee starts work. If the individual’s leave to work in the UK is time-limited a further right to work check must be made before that leave expires. A new Annex E has been added to the guidance, to explain the changes.

No retrospective checks are needed for individuals already employed on 5 April 2022.

Operative date

  • 6 April 2022


Employers should check out Annex E in the revised Home Office guidance on the GOV.UK website, change their procedures and train relevant staff ready for the new rules on 6 April 2022.