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Biometric card holders: change to right-to-work checks

From 6 April 2022 holders of biometric cards will only be able to demonstrate their right to work in the UK by using the Home Office online service.

Currently employers can carry out a manual right-to-work check on biometric card holders, as well as an online right to work check. However, it will no longer be possible to conduct manual checks from 6 April 2022. To complete an online right-to-work check, the visa holder will first need to generate a right-to-work share code online and share this with their employer. The employer then will use the share code, along with the visa holder’s date of birth, to check the prospective employee’s right to work online. This will confirm whether the individual has a right to work and the date their leave expires. This will only apply to right-to-work checks conducted on or after 6 April 2022 – there is no requirement to complete retrospective checks. See Right to work checks - an employer's guide.

The current system for adjusted right-to-work checks as a result of COVID-19 will however remain in place until 5 April 2022 – this allows employers to undertake valid right-to-work checks ‘remotely’ instead of in-person.