right to work

Two changes in the right to work scheme from April 2022

On December 27th, the home office announced changes that individuals will be able to present digital right to work and right to rent checks from April 2022.

The home office announces that there will be changes in:

  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).
  • Biometric Resident Card (BRC).
  • Frontier Work Permit (FWP)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, digital right to work and rent checks were moved from face-to-face interviews to being done online. With plans to bring back face to face checks being pushed back multiple times, the home office has finally decided to remote online checks being conducted permanently.

What are the main two changes? 

From April 6th, presenting a physical biometric document will no longer be available to be presented to employers, and property owners will no longer be able to check physical right to work checks.

The main two changes that are being imposed in relation to the right to work and right to rent scheme include:

  • Allowing individuals to carry out all their checks remotely, concerning their right to work and right to rent checks remotely, including DBS checks. Document validation technology allows individuals to get their documents validated online without having to take them in person.
  • Permitting private sector IDVT service providers to be independently approved by UKAS accredited assessors to guarantee the technology fulfils the Government Standards and the applicant’s information is protected.

By digitalising this work and enforcing the use of technology to carry out this process, the home office is removing human error and failure to identify fraudulent documents. This is intended to simplify and shorten the entire process.

The Home Office statement said that:

“Enabling the use of IDVT for right to work, right to rent and DBS checks will help to support long-term post pandemic working practices, accelerate the recruitment and onboarding process, improve employee mobility and enhance the security and integrity of the checks. The technology utilised across the identity process removes human error in terms of identifying fraudulent documents or inaccuracies and will support the Home Office, DBS and DCMS in driving improvements through their delivery partners.”

The Benefits of the changes 

There are many benefits to fully digitalising the system of performing checks for the right to rent and the right to work. These include:

  • Avoiding the chances of human error occurring whilst performing these checks.
  • Avoiding or reducing fraudulent documents.
  • Quicker and saves money.
  • The process is a lot easier.

If you would like to find out more about these changes and how they will affect you, contact one of our experienced solicitors now, at Solicitors On Your Side.

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