Although this can seem daunting if you understand and follow the process correctly and also keep accurate records, RTW checks are quick and easy to do. One question we regularly get asked is what are Right to Work documents?
Right to Work documents are proof of a person's eligibility to work in the UK. These documents are approved by the Home Office - which employers can use to verify a person’s immigration status if they are doing a manual RTW check. If you are checking a person’s RTW in the UK online, you will not need to check any of the approved documents.
Instead, the prospective employee will provide you with a share code.
Migrant workers can prove their RTW in the UK by sharing with you a Right to Work share code, made up of nine alphanumeric characters. To create a share code a migrant worker will need their:
Once the migrant worker receives their share code it will be valid for 30 days.
If you are doing a manual Right to Work check, the Home Office has supplied a list of approved documents that show the employee has the legal RTW in the UK. The approved documents are divided into:
List A includes (but is not limited to):
List B Group 1 includes (but is not limited to):
List B Group 2 includes (but is not limited to):
If you are doing a manual RTW check, you need to make sure the documents you are checking are on the approved list. If you require any assistance with identifying these documents or need support with the process, please contact our expert team of employment lawyers. Just click ‘Get started’ below for a free 15 minute consultation.
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