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Online right to work checks provide a 'statutory excuse'Online right to work checks provide a 'statutory excuse'

From 28 January 2019, UK employers will be able to rely on the Home Office's free, secure online Right to Work Checking Service to demonstrate they have complied with illegal working legislation and have a 'statutory excuse' against a civil penalty in the event of illegal working.

Employers were able to ask for checks online from April 2018, but still needed to request paper documents in parallel.

The Home Office Right to Work Checking Service, from 28 January, will give employers access to up-to-date, real-time information about migrants' right to work, and make it easier for individuals to prove they have a right to work in the UK.

For more about the steps to conducting an online right to work check, see:

Also from 29 January 2019 the prescribed list of acceptable documents removes the current requirement that a British birth or adoption certificate must be the full certificate; short certificates will be accepted (when presented in combination with an appropriately documented National Insurance number, as now).

Employers' revised code of practice:

Revised guidance for employers on conducting right to work checks is expected before the measures come into force.

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