Right to work checks: an employer’s guide

The Home Office department, UK Visas & Immigration, has published updated guidance for employers to follow when conducting Right to Work checks on new employees. Whilst this guidance replaces the previous guidance dated 12 July 2016, the previous guidance still applies to those employed between 12 July 2016 and 8 August 2017.

The most significant changes to this guidance relate to:

Applicant registration cards which are now issued as
biometric documents.

Those who claim to have a right to work as a non-European
Economic Area (EEA) family member of an EEA national.

Voluntary work and being a volunteer.

Illegal working measures introduced by the Immigration Act 2016, such as closure notices and compliance orders, immigration checks in the licensing regimes for taxis and private hire vehicles and alcohol and late night refreshment.

The employment of international students.

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