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Right to work checks: employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens

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Information for employers on checking EU, EEA and Swiss citizens’ right to work from 1 July 2021.

GOV.UK: All EU, EEA and Swiss citizens can continue to use their passport and national identity cards to prove their right to work until 30 June 2021.

From 1 July 2021, new rules for right to work checks will apply. EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens will need to provide evidence of lawful immigration status in the UK.

Employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens from 1 July 2021

Irish citizens can continue to use their passport or passport card to prove their right to work.

All other EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will no longer be able to use their passport or national identity card to prove their right to work. You’ll need to check their right to work online using:

  • a share code
  • their date of birth

You can also check someone’s original documents instead if they do not have a UK immigration status that can be shared with you digitally. Check which types of document give someone the right to work in the UK.

You could face a civil penalty if you employ a worker and have not carried out a correct right to work check.

Discrimination

You should not discriminate when conducting right to work checks. See the ‘Code of practice for employers: avoiding unlawful discrimination while preventing illegal working’ for more information.

Late applications to the EU Settlement Scheme

We will provide guidance which explains what to do if you employed someone before 31 December 2020 and they haven’t applied to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021.

Employer Enquiry helpline

If you need help carrying out a right to work check you should call the Employer Enquiry helpline:

Telephone: 0300 790 6268

Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4:45pm

Friday, 9am to 4:30pm

Source: GOV.UK

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