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Government postpone face-to-face right to work checks Published Date: 13/05/2021

We previously reported that the temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks was due to end on 16 May.  The Government has now said it will postpone face-to-face right to work checks until 21 June 2021.

The Government said this further postponement "is aligned with the easing of lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures, as set out in the government’s roadmap for England and those of the devolved administrations."

The following temporary changes were made on 30 March 2020 and remain in place until 20 June 2021 (inclusive):

  • checks can currently be carried out over video calls
  • in the case of licensing, licence applicants/licensees can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or a mobile app, rather than sending originals

From 21 June 2021 you must either:

  • check the applicant’s original documents, or
  • check the applicant’s right to work online, if they’ve given you their share code