Right-to-work checks since Brexit

08 Dec 2022, 27 mins ago

Since 1 January 2021, the UK has no longer been a part of the European Union. This had wide-ranging impacts upon the UK immigration landscape, including in the area of employer right-to-work checks.   

Prior to Brexit, the checks that employers had to undertake on EEA and Swiss nationals before on-boarding them as staff members were minimal. In most cases, it would have been sufficient for the employer to simply check a candidate’s original EEA/Swiss passport or ID card to establish that they had the right to work in the UK.

Post Brexit, for the majority of EEA/Swiss national candidates, employers onboarding a new employee will now need to check their right to work in the UK via the online right-to-work check service. This is done using a share code, which is generated by the candidate from their EU Settlement Scheme online portal.

Employers who were already employing EEA/Swiss nationals when Brexit occurred, and had carried out an ‘old-style’ right-to-work check on these employees, are not required to carry out repeat right–to-work checks on them.

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