Fundamental Changes to the Right to Work Checks

There has been some fundamental changes to the Right to Work checks for EEA / Swiss nationals. Please see our guidance below;

Right to Work checks on EEA/ Swiss nationals
From Thursday 1st July 2021, employers must check EEA and Swiss nationals’ immigration status rather than simply verifying their nationality. In most cases this can be completed by actioning the online Right to Work check .

There are three basic steps to conducting an online right to work check:

1. use the Home Office online right to work checking service (the ‘View a job applicant’s right to work details’ page on GOV.UK) in respect of an individual and only employ the person, or continue to employ an existing employee, if the online check confirms they are entitled to do the work in question;
2. satisfy yourself that any photograph on the online right to work check is of the individual presenting themselves for work; and
3. retain a clear copy of the response provided by the online right to work check (storing that response securely, electronically or in hardcopy) for the duration of employment and for two years afterwards.

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