By Philip Barth
UK Visa & Immigration have relaxed right to work checks temporarily due to COVID-19 to make it easier for employers to carry them out.
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
These are only temporary measures and the Home Office will let employers know in advance when they will end. After then the standard existing regime will recommence.
Employers will then have to carry out retrospective checks on existing employees who started, or needed a follow-up check, during these temporary measures.
The retrospective checks must be carried out within 8 weeks of the end of these temporary measures.
The Home Office will not take any enforcement action against employers who have carried out the adjusted checks and followed this up with the retrospective check.
Full details of the guidance can be found here
If you have any questions about these measures or any other sponsorship or immigration compliance matter please contact out immigration team.