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The Immigration Minister, Kevin Foster MP, responded to a written question by Alex Norris MP (Labour, Nottingham North) asking what plans the Home Office has to update the Right to work checks and Right to rent document checks guidance to allow digital forms of identification to be accepted.
Kevin Foster, responded: “When an individual undergoes a right to work or right to rent check, they are not just evidencing their identity, they must also demonstrate their entitlement to work or rent.
“The Home Office is transforming the way migrants demonstrate their immigration status and right to work and rent in the UK.
“The digital online status checking service for employers conducting right to work checks was launched on 6 April 2018.
“In January 2019, we amended secondary legislation and issued new guidance to employers which sets out how they can use the online service in complying with their responsibilities under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 on the prevention of illegal working.
“The Home Office is planning to launch an online digital right to rent status checking service to support landlords in conducting right to rent checks.
“The government is also working to develop proposals for a digital identity system that would enable people to prove their identity easily and securely, without the need to provide physical documents, and to meet the demands of the digital age.”
As of yet there have been no timescales placed on when these new checks might be made available to Landlords or the exact status of current progress, so best not to hold your breath.
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