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What Is A Share Code For The Right To Work?

The right to work share code is an essential tool in which non UK nationals can be verified for their eligibility to work within the UK. It helps with the process of streamlining the employment verification procedure and ensuring that employers are complying with immigration laws to avoid receiving fines.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
June 16, 2024

The right to work share code is an essential tool in which non UK nationals can be verified for their eligibility to work within the UK. It helps with the process of streamlining the employment verification procedure and ensuring that employers are complying with immigration laws to avoid receiving fines.

A share code is a unique nine digit alphanumeric code which is issued by our government to non-UK nationals to confirm an individual's right to work, detailing the type of work that they are able to do as well as the duration of their employment eligibility. This system replaced the reliance on other sources for proving immigration status.

Employers use the share code alongside the applicants date of birth to verify their right to work. The share code reveals essential details which include, in addition to the above information, access to public services and relevant benefits. To prevent any fraudulent activity, the codes are valid for 30 days and will then require renewing if needed.

To generate a share code the candidate must gather together a number of items which include a biometric residence permit number, a biometric residence card number and a passport or national identity card. They then log in to the government website using the ID from their initial visa application. A code will be sent and they are then able to view immigration status and create a share code which is used with the candidates date of birth to verify current status with a potential employer.

Of course, employers must conduct thorough right to work checks before hiring which involves verifying the share code and checking original documentation carefully. Employers need to be certain that documents are genuine and that accurate records are kept securely otherwise they may face a substantial fine.

Right to work legislation mandates that employers verify the immigration status of their employees and the verification process is simplified by the ability for candidates to use identity document validation technology where documents are uploaded digitally. Non UK nationals with indefinite leave to remain or biometric residence permits have different verification needs, therefore, understanding and effectively using the share code system is essential for HR teams, employers and individuals alike, to comply with immigration laws, streamline hiring processes and avoid legal repercussions.

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