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Right to Work Checks (17 March 2021)

The Homes Office has now published further guidance for employers on right to work checks for EEA and Swiss nationals during the grace period (1 January – 30 June 2021) which can be viewed here

What it does state is:

Right to work checks for EEA nationals will not change until after 30 June 2021. Until then, EEA nationals can use their passport or national identity card to evidence their right to work. You are not expected to differentiate between EEA nationals who arrived before the end of the transition period (31 December 2020) and those arriving after the grace period from 1 January to 30 June 2021.

From 1 July checks will change, and all EEA nationals will be required to demonstrate they have a right to work through evidence of their immigration status, rather than their nationality, using the online service. There will be a small number of exceptions and these will be detailed in further guidance. New guidance on how to conduct right to work checks on EEA nationals from 1 July will be provided in advance of this date. Irish nationals will continue to have the right to work throughout and prove their right to work as they do now, for example by using their passport.