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Right to Work Checks & Document Verification Workshop

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: register

  • Tuesday 4th June
  • Thursday 18th July

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 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

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.

  • 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

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.

  • 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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