Digital right to work checks were introduced during the coronavirus pandemic to enable employers to continue hiring when face-to-face checks were not possible. This allowed applicants to send ID documents to employers using email, video call, and apps.
From 1 October 2022, UK employers wishing to carry out digital checks must:
- use identity service providers (IDSPs)
- keep digital records for two years after an employee leaves employment
Many employers have moved to remote and hybrid working, so the option for secure, digital right to work checks is designed to help make the recruitment process more efficient.
What does this mean for you?
These changes mean that employers will not be allowed to verify ID documents using less secure methods like email or video call after 30 September.
How to check an applicant’s right to work
Right to work checks can be done in three ways:
- checking the applicant’s original documents (in person)
- using identity verification technology (IDVT) with an IDSP
- a Home Office online right to work check