What are Right to Work checks?
A right to work check means that you check an identity document which is acceptable for showing someone's legal permission to work in the UK. These checks should be carried out before you employ a person to make sure that they are legally allowed to do the work in question. If someone has time-limited permission to work in the UK, you also need to conduct a follow-up check on them.
There are three main steps when checking someone's identity documents to see if they have a Right to Work in the UK:
Step 1: Obtain
Obtain a person's original documents, such as passport, visa or biometric residence permit.
The acceptable documents for demonstrating Right to Work in the UK are set out in two lists – List A and List B. You can find a complete guide to acceptable documents here.
Step 2: Check
Check that the documents are genuine and valid while the individual is with you - either face to face or using a live video link.
Step 3: Copy
Make a clear copy of the documents that you've checked including the date and who made the check and keep an auditable copy.
Electronic document validation solutions can make the Right to Work checking process quicker and more reliable, removing much of the administration and ensuring that all your staff have a robust and consistent process to follow.