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Remy Morland

Right to Work Checks – changes are coming from October 1

Changes to Right to Work Checks come into force on Saturday. Checks are a legal obligation and employers must conduct these checks before employment commences, as Remy Morland from the HR Dept  Swindon and Wiltshire explains.

The last two years have seen several changes in the Right to Work Check process. All adjustments to Right to Work Checks introduced in March 2020 will end on September 30, 2022.

From October 1, 2022, Right to Work Checks should be completed in one of three ways as outlined by the Home Office – Right to work checks: An Employer’s Guide

  1. A manual Right to Work Check
  2. A right to work check using Identification Document Validation Technology via the services of an identify service provider (IDSP)
  3. A Home Office online right to work check

Employers must conduct these checks before employment commences.

There is no requirement for retrospective checks on those who had a Covid-19 adjusted check between March 30, 2020 and September 30.

If you wish to continue carrying out Right to Work Checks remotely, you can do so using Identification Document Validation Technology.

This is only available for British and Irish citizens who hold a valid passport (or Irish passport card).

Further information can be found on GOV.UK

It remains an offence to work illegally in the UK. Any individual identified with no lawful immigration status in the UK may be liable to enforcement action.

Remy Morland is head of HR consultancy at HR Dept Swindon and Wiltshire. Visit

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