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Right to Work legislation – Government Announces eVisa updates

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The Home Office has announced a move closer to the broader implementation of eVisas for all foreign nationals by 2025, ending the issuing of physical BRP cards.

What’s changing?

  • From April 24th 2024, biometric residence permit (BRP) holders have been invited to register for an eVisa+ through the new UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account system.
  • The UK Government is replacing physical immigration documents with a digital proof of immigration status called an eVisa; to access the eVisa candidates will need to supply recruiters with a share code.
  • Because of this change, employers conducting Right to Work checks will now see an increase in the number of individuals presenting share codes to prove their Right to Work as other forms of visa documentation become invalid.

What action do you need to take?

HR and Recruitment teams need to know that physical BRP cards  are no longer acceptable as proof of Right to Work. Any candidate who does present a BRP, needs to be advised to check their emails. They will have received an email from the Home Office inviting them to create a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account, this will allow them to generate the required share code.

Where confusion may arise is that up until the end of this year, BRP’s still remain as acceptable form of document for other purposes; however to reiterate they can no longer be accepted when evidencing an individual’s Right to Work status. Furthermore, any organisation accepting a BRP will be non-compliant and not hold a statutory excuse.

You should now evaluate your Right to Work workflow and ensure that your organisation is responding to this development from the Home Office.

Free Government Resource Download

To help employers across the UK, you can access a copy of the Government’s summary powerpoint.

Click here to download a copy.

Rightcheck Customers – Here’s what you need to know:

Rightcheck customers do not need to take any action; the platform has already been configured to account for this change. However, it’s good practice to remind your HR and Recruitment teams of the steps mentioned above if a candidate does presents a BRP Document.

Need more support?

For questions regarding this update  and it’s impact, please don’t hesitate to contact our Right To Work Specialists at info@rightcheck.io

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