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Brexit. Government launches video to help businesses with new right to work checks

As from 1 July 2021 employers need to follow new rules when recruiting from the EU

17 Aug 2021

Under the requirements of the new right to work checks employers are no longer able to accept EU passports or ID cards as proof of the right to work when taking on new people.  The only exception to this is Irish citizens.

The eVisa holds digital proof of an individual’s immigration status in the UK. Employers will now need to go online to check a job applicant’s eVisa.

The eVisa system is applicable to

  • Most EU citizens
  • Individuals with a Hong Kong BNO visa
  • And other individuals (of some other nationalities) who have more recently moved to the UK under the points based immigration systems

Employers can still manually check the passports (or other specified ID) as proof of the right to work of UK and Irish nationals.

Employers will also be able to conduct manual right to work checks for Individuals in the UK who do not have online proof of their immigration status.

UK Employers are reminded that they are not required to retrospectively check the status of any EU EEA or Swiss citizens they employed before 1 July 2021.

The Government has produced a video to help guide employers through the new right to work checks.  It’s available on the Home Office YouTube channel here

It is crucial to conduct selection and recruitment fairly and legally and keep documentation of your process.  Our HR advisory specialists can help you with at every stage of the recruitment process, from role identification, job descriptions, interview process to employment contracts. Please contact us for assistance

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