Government reverses decision to end digital right to work checks on 21 June

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The Government has reversed the decision to end digital right to work checks on 21 June, as initially planned.

Instead, the checks that are needed to determine someone’s immigration status and right to work in the UK are allowed to be conducted online throughout the summer.

As a result of the government’s announcement on 14 June 2021 to extend the date for the easing of lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures, the temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks will now end on 31 August 2021. From 1 September 2021, employers will revert to face-to-face and physical document checks as set out in legislation and guidance.

Advice for employers carrying out right to work checks during the coronavirus pandemic is available at

The Home Office spokesperson told City A.M. a decision to extend the deadline was made because “we recognise the benefits the adjusted checks have brought employers through this difficult period for them and are also reviewing whether there are changes we can make to the right to work scheme to increase the digital checking aspects, including through the use of specialist technologies.”

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