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How to carry out an online Right to Work Check

You can do an online check by using the online service, entitled ‘View a job applicant’s right to work details’.

The individual must share their online right to work record with you by providing a “share code” and their date of birth. This is then entered into the online Right to Work Checking Service.

You must carry out the check by accessing the ‘View a job applicant’s right to work details’ page on GOV.UK. It is not sufficient to view the details provided by the prospective or existing employee on the migrant part of the service.

When reviewing the outcome of an online check, ensure that:

  • it confirms that the individual is allowed to work in the UK and perform the work in question
  • that the photograph and date of birth are consistent with the individual’s appearance, and
  • if the prospective employee is a student, appropriate additional information is retained.

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