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COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks extended to 20 June 2021

12 May 2021

The Home Office has today confirmed that the COVID-19 adjusted right to work check process will remain in place until 20 June 2021, instead of 16 May 2021 as previously announced.

The updated Home Office guidance can be found here and our commentary on the previous announcement can be found here.

The extended end date of the adjusted right to work process now coincides with the planned implementation of step four of the Government’s roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England, rather than step three.

Although many UK employers are not intending to properly reopen their offices until September at the earliest, at least the timing of this announcement means that there is more time to think about what structures to put in place for manual right to work checks where required, and to raise any further concerns with the Home Office if appropriate.

If you require assistance with returning to conventional right to work checks or you have any concerns about how a return to fully compliant checks from 21 June may affect your business, please contact a member of our Immigration Team.

We will be discussing right to work issues, including any further developments regarding COVID-19 adjusted checks in our webinar, ‘Right to work checks from 1 July 2021’. This is taking place on 24 June 2021 and you can register for the session here.


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