Followed the deadline of EU settlement scheme (deadline is 30 June 2021), EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will no longer use their EU passports or ID cards as proofs of right-to-work, except for Irish citizens.
However, employers do not need to check the status of any EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens again employed before 1 July 2021.
Right to work checks
It’s liable for the employers to check all job applicants’ right to work before employing them. If they employ an illegal worker, they could face a civil penalty up to £20,000 for each employer without right to work and checks were not performed.
Employers can either peform the right-to-work check online or manually, it depends on the types of status of the job applicants, and in some cases, their preference too.
To check online, job applicants should hold a digital proof of their immigration status in the UK, EU, EEA and Swiss citizens are normally in this case. Employers should ask for their date of birth and a share code obtaining online through the ‘View and prove your immigration status’ page, then retrieve the information on GOV.UK/view-right-to-work.
If job applicants do not holding a digital immigration status or are Irish nationals, a manual check can be performed instead. In this case, job applicants can show their passports as proofs. Other acceptable documents include:
- Irish passport or passport card
- Frontier Worker Permit
- Documents issued by the Crown Dependencies EU Settlement Schemes
- Certificate of Application or document issued by the UK, Jersey or Guernsey EU Settlement Schemes