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Right to Work Checks and Document Verification for Non-UK National Employees Workshop

Time: 0930 - 1600

Price: £375 + VAT per attendee 

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With the raft of updates and amendments coming through from the Home Office, the impact on employers has been significant. It is important that organisations ensure they understand the new legislation and restrictions upon employing EU citizens and implement the new rules accordingly.

As an employer you are required to carry out right to work checks for all your employees, whatever their nationality, and need to understand the latest Home Office requirements to ensure compliance. That’s quite a challenge, given the sheer volume and complexity of authenticating often unfamiliar documents - carrying out these checks correctly will protect your organisation from fines, penalties as well as reputational damage.

Why attend?

For the last twelve years, BFI has been running this practical and interactive workshop throughout the UK. Hear from a top immigration and document verification specialist and ensure that your policies and procedures protect your organisation.

  • Understand the new restrictions upon employing EU citizens
  • Implications of Brexit & the EU Settlement Scheme on checking right to work 
  • Understanding who can work in the UK
  • Prevent illegal working: legal clarification of your responsibilities
  • Is your policy legally compliant?
  • How to verify a non-UK candidate’s immigration status
  • What records you need to keep to prove Right to Work checks were made
  • See case studies of fraudulent documents which have been used to attempt to obtain work
  • Checking and verifying identity documentation from outside the UK including:
    • Passports
    • BRP's
    • Birth Certificates
    • Visas

Workshop specialists:

Ian Westwood - Leading Immigration Consultant
Lucy Walmsley - Senior Immigration Consultant 

Recent delegate feedback:

5/5 "Really good considering challenges of online" - New Directions

"Great informative course, provided good insight into the authenticity of ID documentation" - Dept. for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy

5/5 "Great presentation, like the interaction of the pm session" - Buckinghamshire Council 

We do hope you can join us.

We can tailor any of our events to run in-house for your organisation, find out more here

Platform: Zoom - An encrypted zoom platform with password access. Click here for further information and to test access 

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR and recruitment professionals, administration, training, security, risk, compliance, legal, policy, vetting and screening, operations and all line managers and directors and staff with responsibility for Right to Work checks and non- UK employee recruitment, vetting and screening

Hear from


Welcome and housekeeping

Ian Westwood

Ian Westwood

Immigration Consultant
The Westwood Organisation

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Ian Westwood

Immigration Consultant , The Westwood Organisation

Ian Westwood worked at the Home Office from 1993-2003. He was an operational Immigration Officer serving at Heathrow, Gatwick and Dover before being promoted to Chief Immigration Officer based in Croydon. Since then he has set up his own consultancy business, providing training and immigration advice to a variety of corporate and private clients on the subject of Immigration. He is regulated by the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner to provide immigration advice in the UK. Ian’s training credentials include the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s Certificate of Training Practice and the Belbin Team-Role Accreditation.

Introduction to the day and identification and clarification of objectives

Understanding immigration status & right to work in the UK

  • Why is document checking important?
  • Typical documents you will expect to see
  • Understanding immigration status & who can work in the UK
  • EEA workers & Brexit implications
  • The new points-based system
  • Students & employment
  • The new graduate visa route
  • Family visas

Comfort break

Policy & Practice: Right to Work Checks

Lucy Walmsley

Lucy Walmsley

Senior Consultant
The Westwood Organisation

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Lucy Walmsley

Senior Consultant , The Westwood Organisation

Lucy is our senior consultant, and provides corporate client support. Having previously held responsibility for immigration compliance at the University of Southampton, she has useful experience of the hoops and hurdles of compliance. Lucy regularly conjures up client guidance notes to simplify Home Office jargon and save clients from the frustration of navigating the Home Office website. Lucy is a regulated advisor with the OISC and a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

  • What is the statutory excuse?
  • Why is it so important: civil penalties, criminal penalties, risks for sponsors?
  • How to obtain the statutory excuse: manual checks & online checks
  • When to undertake right to work checks: pre-employment checks & follow up checks
  • What to copy
  • The record & what this looks like for manual or online checks
  • UKVI online systems: View and Prove, and the Employer Checking Service (ECS)
  • GDPR compliance
  • Common issues: expired documents, non-British documents, agency workers etc.
  • What to do if you cannot obtain evidence of right to work


Checking identity documents

  • Acceptable documents (List A & List B) in more detail with tips
  • The four steps to document checking
    • Step 1: Imposter
    • Step 2: Genuine document/security features.

Comfort break

Checking identity documents (continued)

  • Four steps to document checking (continued)
    • Step 3: Counterfeit document/ signs of alteration
    • Step 4: Sense check
  • How good do you need to be?
  • What to do if you spot an irregularity

Wrap up & Close

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