United Kingdom: Additional Resources for Right to Work Checks

Last Updated on February 13, 2023

Key Points  

  • On 1 October 2022, the government of the United Kingdom will open an online service for checking a foreign national employee’s immigration status  


The government of the United Kingdom (UK) removed temporary right to work options for employers on 1 October 2022 and introduced an online service for right to work checks. The service was initially made available on 1 April 2022 to allow employers to check an employee or potential employee’s immigration status if the individual cannot show proof of documents or immigration status.  According to the government announcement, this could be the case if: 

  • The foreign national has an outstanding appeal, review, or application lodged with the Home Office; or  
  • The foreign national arrived in the UK prior to 1989 and does not have documents with proof of immigration status or right to work.  

Employers are responsible for checking an employee’s status if they hold: 

For additional insight into the required information for conducting an employer check through the online service, check here.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of the UK will introduced new online service for employers who need to check a current or potential employee’s immigration status in the country. In some cases, these checks will be required for foreign nationals holding certain document types.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of the UK’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.

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