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Does the employer still have to carry out the right to work check if using an IDSP?

Yes. The IDSP will check the individual’s identity using (usually) their passport.  The employer must then review the output report provided by the IDSP, check the appearance of the prospective employee is consistent and retain evidence that this check has been conducted.

Read more about this and other questions in our

Right to work checks and civil penalties section.


Given the fast pace of change, we would stress that this information is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.

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