There tends to be a lot of confusion with regards to when it comes to taking on new staff and their proof of entitlement to work in the work. So here goes, we are going to go through what we need to do to ensure what checks must be carried out for proof of entitlement to work in the UK!
Step 1 – Obtain the original documents
The home office provides 2 lists of documents, list A and list B, which employers may accept as a persons right to work in the UK. A document from list A will show that the person will have a definite right to work in the UK without restriction and should be checked before employment starts. Whereas list B contains documents that shows the person has a limited time-right to work in the UK and should be checked prior to employment starting and at point of expiry. For these 2 lists look the GOV.UK website!
Step 2 – Check the documents
All documents received from persons must be genuine while also showing that they are allowed to do the type of work they have been offered. Below is a list of what must be checked:
- Photographs and dates of birth are consistent across all documents.
- Expiry dates for permissions to work in UK have not expired
- Do they have any work restrictions
- If they are studying while being employed you, as the employer must copy and retain details of their academic term and vacation times coving their study time in the UK.
- All documents must be genuine. Not tampered with and belong to the holder.
- Reasons for any difference in names across documents can be explained by providing evidence. This can be documents such as marriage certificate, divorce decree absolute, deed poll etc. These sorts of documents must be photocopied and a copy retained.
Step 3 – Copy the documents
The following must be copied and retained securely, kept for 2 years after employment, and then destroyed:
- Passports, any page with expiry date, holders’ nationality, date of birth, signature, leave expiry date, biometric details, photograph and any page holding confirmation of holders entitlement to enter or remain in the UK.
- All other documents, document in full.
Completing checks digitally
Since 1st October 2022, employers are no longer permitted to use digital checks that were bought in during the global COVID pandemic. Instead, they must either complete checks manually or engage an identity service provider to do a digital check on their behalf using identification document verification technology.
When employers’ complete checks through identification document verification technology they must retain a clear copy of the identity check output for the duration of that persons employment. They must also keep for 2 years after that person’s employment has ended.
(Foreign Nationals Only)
Currently, the online service support those who hold 1 of the following:
- Biometric residence permit
- Biometric residence card
- Status issued under the EU settlement scheme
- Status issued under the points-based immigration system
- British national overseas visa
- Frontier workers permit
To carry out an online check, a share code is needed; the individual provides this. This code enables their employer to see their home office right to work record when entering along with their date of birth.
Share codes are only valid for 90 days after they’ve been issued. Employers should visit ‘view a job applicant’ right to work details on www.gov.uk and access the employer part of the service.
Step 1 – Use home office online service
The individual may share the code with the employer, the individual can also share it through the service where the employer will get an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. To check the persons right to work details:
- Access the service ‘View a job applicant right to work details’ to view the employers part of the service
- Enter the share code
- Enter their date of birth
Step 2 – Check
Check that the photograph on the online right to work check is of the individual in question. This can be done from their physical appearance or via a live video link.
The individual can only be employed if they have the right to work in the UK.
Step 3 – Retain evidence
Evidence of the online check must be retained. For online checks this could be a copy of the profile page. This must include the following:
- Individuals photo
- Date of birth
This can be printed or saved as a PDF/HTML file. This must be kept throughout employment and also for 2 years after employment finishes, after this it must be correctly destroyed.
For more information why not check the GOV.UK website out!