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Right to Work report

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This is an introductory guide and overview for the Right to Work report.

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Introduction

The Right to Work report will verify a person has the right to work in the UK using copies of documents that would be accepted by the UK Home Office, based on up to date UK Visa and Immigration guidelines.

Onfido’s Right to Work report analyses provided documents to verify that they are genuine. Using our machine-readable algorithm, we compare details such as the date of birth and expiry date to ensure its validity. Our technology analyses the document image to validate its authenticity, and checks whether the document has been compromised, or recorded as lost or stolen.

Document requirements

UK citizens

Passport
UK birth certificate AND proof of national insurance number
UK adoption certificate AND proof of national insurance number
UK Certificate of Naturalisation (or Registration) AND proof of national insurance number

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

Passport
National Identity Card
Registration Certificate

Non-UK/EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

Biometric Residence Permit (or Biometric Residence Card) - cannot be expired
Passport AND visa within current passport - cannot be expired
UK Immigration Status Document AND proof of national insurance number
Home Office letter - must have been issued within the last 6 months
Application Registration Card - cannot be expired
Positive Verification Notice - cannot be expired

Additional documents

Depending on documents already provided, additional documents may be required for proof of a name change, student status, Tier 2 or Tier 5 visa status, or National Insurance number. Additional documents that may be required are detailed in the next sections.

Proof of name change

One of the following:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree (absolute)
  • Deed poll
  • Adoption certificate

Tier 4 (General) student

  • Proof of term (and vacation) dates

Tier 2 and Tier 5 Permit visas

  • Certificate of Sponsorship

Proof of National Insurance number

One of the following:

  • P45 or P60
  • Payslip
  • HMRC letter
  • Benefits letter