What is a Share Code and how to Prove your Right To Work using one?

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What is a Share Code and how to Prove your Right To Work using one?
12
May

What is a Share Code and how to Prove your Right To Work using one?

This is for employers to guide their employees on how to create a Share Code via GOV.UK to prove their 'Right To Work' in the UK. For information purposes only.

What is a Share code?

Migrant workers can prove their Right To Work to an employer by simply sharing a ‘share code’. To create a ‘share code’ a migrant worker will need:


  • Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) number sometimes called as visa
  • Biometric Residence Card (BRC) number
  • Passport or National Identity card

A share code is usually valid for 30 days and is made of 9 alphanumeric characters like 9XY-6GY-2S2.

How to generate a ‘share code’ to share with employers?

You can create a ‘Share Code’ to share with your employer by following these simple instructions:

Visit here and click Start now.

You can create a Share Code by using one of the following:


  • UKVI Account
  • If you have status under EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • Biometric residence Permit (BRP)

How can employers view Right to work details using share code?

To view the job applicant’s Right To Work you will need their:


  • Date of Birth
  • Share Code

What information is visible to employers by using share code?

Employers can check details of a migrant worker’s Right to work in the UK. They can also view:


  • Types of work they can do.
  • How long they can work in the UK, if there is a time limit restriction. Like in case of most international students are only allowed to work 20 hrs during the term time.
  • Whether they can access services like the NHS.
  • Apply for any benefits in the UK.
  • Can open a Bank account or apply for any credit in the UK.

Share Codes can also be used to verify Right To Rent. You will need the following information about your tenant:


  • Their date of birth
  • Share Code

Who can use ‘Share code’ to prove their ‘Right To Work’ or ‘Right To Rent’?

You can use this service if you have a settled or pre-settled status in the UK or if you have applied for an immigration status and used the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ App.

You can not use this service if you have a ‘Vignette’ on your passport.

EU, EEA & Swiss citizens can continue to use their passport or national ID cards to prove their ‘Right To Work’ in the UK until 30 June 2021.

Employers will need a sponsor licence to employ EEA and Swiss citizens coming to the UK to work from 01 Jan 2021.

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