Right to work checks

Right to work

This standard outlines the mandatory requirements for NHS organisations to verify a prospective employee's legal right to work in the UK. 

It includes guidance on:

  • the type and level of checks required
  • specific forms of right to work documentation in appendix one
  • the type and level of checks for specific countries in appendix two 
  • the points-based immigration system in appendix three. 
Employers must also refer to comprehensive guidance issued by the Home Office "Prevention of Illegal Working" (June 2012) and "Civil penalties for employers - code of practice" (February 2008) which can be downloaded from the Home Office website.

Download the right to work checks standard

It is important to note that this document only focuses on the type of checks and documentation which are required to verify a person's legal right to work in the UK. Employers must refer to the identity check standard in regard to requirements and type of documentary evidence they must see and verify in regard to checking a person's identity.

Read our briefing document which outlines the key updates made to the NHS Employment Check Standards (revised in April 2016). 

Find out more information about the standards, who they apply to, and meeting compliance on the NHS Employment Check section of our website. This page also provides further information about the fit & proper persons’ requirements for director level positions. 

We have also provided guidance on avoiding discrimination in the employment checking process. 

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