Visa's and Immigration

Proving your right to work to your NHS employer

Before you begin your employment in the NHS, you’ll need to prove your right to work to your NHS employer. You can do this by simply generating and providing them with a ‘share code’. This article explains what a share code is and how you can generate your own.


What is a share code?

A share code is a 9-digit alpha-numerical code which is provided by the UK government, this allows non-UK nationals to prove their right to work here in the UK.


How can I generate my share code?

  • To begin the process you will need to gather one of the following; your biometric residence permit number, biometric residence card number, passport or national identity card.
  • You can then log into your gov.uk account with the ID you used for your initial visa application.
  • A 6-digit code will be sent to your phone or email address.
  • Once you have logged in, you’ll be able to view your immigration status and generate a code.
  • You must then select why you require the code, it could be for an employer, a landlord or another reason.
  • After selecting your purpose, you will have the ability to “create share code”, and a 9 digit alpha-numerical code will appear on screen.
  • Lastly, you will be able to share this with your employer along with your date of birth to complete the right-to-work checks. Your employer can then begin the onboarding process.

What information will my share code show?

Your employer will use the government database to check your share code, and it will simply flag up if you are eligible or ineligible to work in the UK.


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