The government has announced changes to how right to work checks are carried out during the coronavirus pandemic. It has said that it does not require employers or landlords to view original documents and will now allow checks to be undertaken online. Prospective workers or renters, can also send scanned copies of identification instead of posting originals.

The Home Office did emphasise that checks were still essential and it was an offence to deliberately employ or let property to anyone who does not have legal immigration status in the UK.

It also advised that the Employer Checking Service (or Landlord Checking Service) should be used if a potential or existing employee (or tenant) could not provide any of the accepted documents.

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel said: “I have introduced these temporary changes to help employers and landlords conduct checks more easily as people follow advice to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives, during the coronavirus outbreak.”

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