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Right to Work Checks & Document Verification Training Course

Does your organisation understand the new right to work legislation and restrictions when employing Non-UK nationals?  

Time: 0930 - 1630

Cost: £395 + VAT per attendee 

All dates: 

Right to Work checks and Document Verification: Guidance for employers and HR professionals

As a UK 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 of up to £60,000 and reputational damage.

Why attend this Right to Work and Document Verification training course?

For the last fifteen 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.

What’s covered:

  • Understand who can work in the UK
  • Understand the how restrictions have evolved around employing EU citizens & documents you need depending on their start date
  • Learn which immigration categories include the right to work and any restrictions placed on visa holders
  • Understand Home Office requirements for ensuring you have the statutory excuse against a penalty
  • Review the limitations of the statutory excuse
  • Understand what records you need to keep to prove you have checked right to work
  • Implications of Brexit & the EU Settlement Scheme on checking right to work
  • Know the rules for employing non-EU students
  • Understand how good you have to be at spotting fake documentation

Throughout the day we actively encourage questions from our delegates – so take advantage of any issues that you or your team may have and bring them along for our experts. 

Delegate feedback - 100% would recommend to a colleague:

"Very informative, I left confident that I know what to look out for in ID documents and what documents are required for RTW check in different situations." - VIMA

"It was very informative and I really appreciated the trainers getting us involved rather than just talking at us." - Claranet

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

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

"Very informative and easy to follow slides. Found the examples very helpful and speakers were very clear and answered questions to give us a better understanding of the new legislation" 

"I am new to HR and my role involves recruitment and on boarding (everything to do with pre-employment). Understanding more about right to work checks, the different types of right to work checks, etc was helpful and I can incorporate this into my job" - 

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

Prefer to run this training course In-house?

We offer this course as a face-to-face or online In-house training option – a cost effective training solution for teams, if this would be more suitable, please email

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


Welcome, housekeeping, aims & objectives for the day

Context: Why checks matter

Simon Kenny

Simon Kenny

Partner - Immigration & Global Mobility
Spencer West LLP

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Simon Kenny

Partner - Immigration & Global Mobility , Spencer West LLP

Simon is an immigration lawyer who helps with individual immigration applications, permission to work, illegal working penalties and sponsor licence suspension. He specialises in Skilled Worker and sponsor licence applications, right-to-work processes and defences to civil penalties. He also has significant experience in managing global immigration programmes and post-Brexit immigration compliance in respect of business travellers working across the EEA. Simon has specific expertise in working with institutions and individuals in the higher education sector. He has worked with universities on preparation for audit, right-to-work processes, defence to civil penalties and reviewing Certificates of Sponsorship for employees. Helpline services to both HR teams and individual employees of universities have been a major part of Simon’s recent career. He also helps academic staff make applications within the Global Talent programme. Simon has been listed as one of the UK’s leading practitioners in every edition of the Legal 500 since 2015. He was individually commended in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe Awards in 2019 for research and analysis conducted following a Freedom of Information Act request regarding Certificate of Sponsorship allocations. This featured as a headline news story across numerous national newspapers. Simon was an immigration officer for several years and, after becoming a solicitor, an immigration manager in Big 4 professional services companies. That provided him with a focus on achieving the best outcomes for clients with reference to wider global mobility issues and creativity in finding solutions which work. This experience informs his immigration advice and helps ensure other legal issues related to immigration are identified at an early stage in considering an assignment.

  • Putting the day into context with case studies
  • Standard documents you need to be aware of 

Comfort break

Understanding immigration status & who can work for you

  • Overview of visas which allow work
    • European nationals: clarification of UKVI compliance depending on employment start date
    • Humanitarian routes
    • Indefinite leave to remain
    • Family visas
    • Hong Kong visas
  • Points Based Sponsored visas: who can work for you?
    • Skilled Workers
    • Global Business Mobility
    • Temporary Workers
    • Talent visa
    • Students
    • Graduates
    • High Potential Individuals 

Comfort break

Right to work checks: Policy & practice

  • Statutory Excuse What, Why, How, When
    • What is the statutory excuse?
    • Why is it so important?
    • How do you obtain it?
    • When do you need to do this?
  • Statutory Excuse in Practice
    • Manual checks
    • What to copy – passports & other docs
    • Online checks
    • Employer Checking Service
    • IDVT checks
    • 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

Final questions and wrap up

End of workshop


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