The government has just announced that the end date for the temporary adjusted checks has now been deferred to 5 April 2022. This is a further change to the guidance which was originally published on 18 June 2021.
The following temporary changes were originally made on 30 March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic and were due to finish on 31 August 2021. However, the temporary arrangement has now been extended until 5 April 2022 to provide employers with additional support during this difficult time.
- The right to work checks can be conducted via video calls instead of a face-to-face interview.
- Job applicants and existing workers can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or a mobile app, rather than sending originals to their employer or prospective employer.
- Employers are advised to use the Home Office Employer Checking Service if a prospective or existing employee cannot provide any of the accepted documents that are listed in the guidance.
Further guidance will be published in advance of 5 April 2022 deadline and for more details on the documents that employers can accept go here.