The information on this page covers a range of residency and immigration facts and FAQs for individuals moving to Jersey. This information is also available to download in our fact sheet Residency and Immigration. For more information about moving to Jersey please get in touch with a member of the team on +44(0)1534 440604 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Immigration and Inward Investment
Ordinarily you have to complete 5 years of continuous residence in Jersey, and gain Entitled for Work status, before you can start a business or work in most jobs. You have to complete 10 years of continuous residence, and gain Entitled status, to achieve full residential and employment status. However, Jersey welcomes applications from:
- Skilled and economically active high net worth individuals
- High value activity businesses and their principals which are engaged in, or with, high growth potential, who are looking to relocate and move their future global operations offshore
For these individuals there are two routes that can be followed:
- Business relocation and associated residential permission as an essential employee or business principal (Licensed - residential and employment status)
- High value residency and associated residential permission (Entitled – residential and employment status subject to specific conditions)
residenCY AND employment
The Control of Housing and Work (Jersey) Law has four main categories of residential and employment status which determine where you can live and work in Jersey, these are summarised in the table below and you can find further information on how these are defined by following the links at the bottom of this page. You can also contact a member of the Locate Jersey team for more information by emailing email@example.com or by calling +44(0)1534 440604.
Table: Residential and employment statuses in Jersey.
IMMIGRATION - Work permits and Visas
If you are a non EU / EEA national and are travelling to Jersey from abroad, you may require a United Kingdom visa.
Check if you need a UK visa by following the links at the bottom of this page.
If you are a non EU / EEA national and you have immigration permission to visit, work or reside in the UK, Guernsey or the Isle of Man, you won't need another UK visa or other immigration permission to visit Jersey. However, your employer may need to apply for a Jersey work permit for you, issued by the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service.
You do not need a permit to work in Jersey if you are:
- a British citizen or a British subject with the right of abode
- a national of a member state of the European Union (EU) / European Economic Area (EEA) (except if you are a Croatian national)
- a non-EEA family member of an EEA national may also work without a permit but must obtain an EEA family permit before entering Jersey
- a Swiss national
- a Commonwealth citizen admitted as a working holiday maker
- a Commonwealth citizen admitted on the grounds of UK ancestry
- a Commonwealth citizen with a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode
- a participant in the Youth Mobility Scheme
- a minister of religion
- a business visitor
- a non EU / EEA passport holder who has no restrictions attached to your stay
Some nationalities require both a work permit and a visa. If you do not meet the above criteria, your employer will need to apply for a Jersey work permit for you, and if this application is successful, you can then apply for your UK visa.
Living and working in jersey - FAQ
What residential/working status will my husband/wife/civil partner have if I get permission to move to Jersey?
Each application is dealt with on a case by case basis, usually however, if you have been granted Entitled status as a High Value Resident, or a Licensed permission as a business principal or essential employee, whilst you retain that permission, your husband/wife/civil partner will be granted Entitled for Work Only status. If you are granted a Registered permission, your spouse or Civil Partner will also have Registered permission. The Residential and Employment Status policy guidance has more detailed information which can be found by following the links at the bottom of this page.
My partner and I are not married, what residential/working status will they have?
Each application is dealt with on a case by case basis. If you are not married to your long-term partner, they would be given Registered status until they have completed 5 years residency in their own right at which time they would become Entitled for Work Only. Before that time, should they wish to apply for a role with a company in Jersey, or start their own business, that company would need to have a permission to employ an individual with Registered status. In limited circumstances, a Registered person’s long-term co-habiting relationship (>3 years) with an Entitled or Licensed person will be taken into consideration as part of an overall assessment of an application by a company to employ that Registered person, or an application for a business licence by the Registered individual.
A long-term co-habiting relationship would need to be evidenced by documentation across the 3 year period, and be addressed jointly in both names wherever possible. If not all documentation is in joint names, then documents addressed to each person may be acceptable, provided they show the same address across the 3 year period. This evidence should be from different and authoritative sources e.g. joint mortgage, utility bills, bank statements, tenancy agreements, insurance policies/certificates or other correspondence, loan agreements, correspondence from government departments or agencies. For more information see the links at the bottom of this page.
I have a child/children under 16, how do the residential rules apply to them?
Each individual’s residential status is specific to their circumstances and will be assessed as such. Broadly, when someone moves to the Island before the age of 16 they will have Registered status. On completion of 5 years continuous residence, they will have Entitled for Work Only status and they must complete 10 years continuous residence to achieve Entitled status.
If your child continues on to higher education, was ordinarily resident in Jersey immediately before embarking on the study involved, and both the parents remain ordinarily resident in Jersey for the entire period of the study, time spent at full-time education outside the Island may be considered as continuous ordinary residence in Jersey and counts towards the qualification period.
If your child arrived in Jersey at 16 years or under, is still in full time education and wishes to take up part-time employment before they reach 5 years continuous ordinary residence, the prospective employer will not be required to have Registered permission to employ them.
I have a child/children over 16, what is their residential/working status?
Each individual’s residential status is specific to their circumstances and will be assessed as such. Generally, when someone moves to the Island after the age of 16 they will have Registered status. On completion of 5 years continuous residence, they will have Entitled for Work Only status and they must complete 10 years continuous residence to achieve Entitled status.
Within the first 5 years of continuous residence, should the individual wish to apply for a role with a company in Jersey, that company would need to have a permission to employ an individual with Registered status. In limited circumstances, where the Registered person is under 25, and is the child of a resident Entitled/Entitled for Work Only or Licensed person, that person’s relationship with an Entitled/Entitled for Work Only or Licensed person will be taken into consideration as part of an overall assessment of the application.
If your child is under 25 years old when you move to Jersey and goes on to higher education, was ordinarily resident in Jersey immediately before embarking on the study involved, and both parents remain ordinarily resident in Jersey for the entire period of the study, time spent at full-time education outside the Island may be considered as continuous ordinary residence in Jersey and counts towards the qualification period.
What happens if I become widowed, divorced or separated?
You may be able to qualify for 'entitled' status hardship, economic or social grounds. Each case is looked at according to the individual circumstances and will take account of Residential and Employment Status Policy Guidance (March 2018). These are considered to be exceptional cases and the final decision is made by the Chief Minister. For more information see the links at the bottom of this page.
Will I need immigration permission to live in Jersey?
You do not need immigration permission to live in Jersey if you are:
- a British citizen
- a European Union (EU)/European Economic Area member
- the holder of an EEA family permit
- a Swiss national
However, if you are not a national of a member state of the European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) then you may need immigration permission to live in Jersey and you must meet certain requirements if you wish to come to the Island to visit, study, or work.
Will I need a UK visa?
If you are a non EU/EEA national and are travelling to Jersey from abroad, you may require a United Kingdom visa. You can check if you need a UK visa using the links at the bottom of this page.
Will I need a work permit?
If you are a non EU/EEA national and you have immigration permission to visit, work or reside in the UK, Guernsey or the Isle of Man, you won’t need another UK visa or other immigration permission to visit Jersey. However, you may need a Jersey work permit, issued to your employer by the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service.
I am an EU citizen, what happens after Brexit?
The government in Jersey have their own version of the UK’s EU Settlement Scheme to ensure that EU citizens who live in the Island are able to stay.
The Jersey EU Settlement Scheme provides:
- settled status to successful applicants who have been continuously living in Jersey for a total of 5 years or more by 31 December 2020, allowing them to continue to live and work in Jersey. They will also be able to apply for British nationality.
- pre-settled status to those applicants who fulfil all the requirements of the application but have been living in Jersey for less than 5 years (including those who move to Jersey between the end of 2018 when the Settlement Scheme opens and 31 December 2020). After they have completed 5 years residence they can then apply for settled status.
- family members who are living with, or join, EU citizens in Jersey by 31 December 2020 the ability to apply for settled status, after 5 years in the Island.
- close family members (spouses, civil and unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren, and dependent parents and grandparents) the ability to join EU citizens in the Island (where the family relationship existed on 31 December 2020).
EU citizens who arrive in Jersey after Brexit day (31 October 2019) will have to apply if they choose to stay in Jersey longer than 3 months.
How do I apply for settled status?
In order to apply for settled status you will need to provide the following to the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service:
- an identity document (Passport or National Identity Document) and a recent photograph to confirm your identity and nationality
- declaration of any criminal convictions
The government are making the application process as quick and user-friendly as possible, using a mobile app. The application process will check three simple things:
- your identity
- the length of your residence in Jersey
- any criminal convictions. Only serious or persistent criminality will affect eligibility for the scheme
Those who have already acquired indefinite leave to remain or permanent residence will have to apply to the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme in the same way as all other EU citizens.
To find out more information and apply for EU Settled Status click here
Irish citizens enjoy a right of residence in Jersey that is not reliant on any relationship with the EU. Therefore their ability to remain in Jersey is unaffected by Brexit and they will not have to apply for settled status under the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme.
Am I allowed to purchase more than one property?
Licensed individuals are only permitted to own and occupy one property as their sole or principal place of residence.
2(1)e residents can, subject to certain conditions:
- buy, develop and sell residential properties through a property development company – subject to the condition that any free-standing units of residential accommodation must be sold on completion of the development to Entitled or Licensed individuals
- can buy residential properties in their own name where they have been unoccupied for more than 2 years, or on the market for sale for more than 2 years, subject to the condition that they lease that property to Entitled or Licensed persons
- can buy a residential property that adjoins their main place of residence in Jersey if:
It is expected that the purchase would be completed in the same name, either person or company, as their main residence. There may also be other conditions placed on the purchase. N.B Any income derived from Jersey property is taxed at 20%.
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