Visa, Work Permits and Settled Status
Updated 14 May 2021
Words you may need to know
British Citizen - A person permitted to live, work and study in the United Kingdom free of any immigration controls and to apply for a British passport.
Citizen - A person having the right to live in a country because they were born there or have been accepted as a permanent resident.
Common Travel Zone - Free travel zone between England, Scotland, Wales, Northern and Southern Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands.
European Union (EU) - The EU consists of 28 member states.
European Economic Area (EEA) - Consist of the EU 28 states and Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.
Immigration - The act of entering a country. Passport entry point.
Indefinite Leave to Remain - Permanent permission to remain in Jersey without any Immigration restrictions.
Naturalisation The process of becoming a British Citizen for people who are settled in the UK.
Pre-Settled Status - Granted to persons resident in Jersey having less than 5 continuous years residence.
Settled Status - Granted to persons resident in Jersey having more than 5 continuous years residence.
British Citizenship provides you with certain benefits. It gives you a right to remain as a permanent resident in Jersey and the UK. You may obtain a British passport.
You can hold dual citizenship as long as both countries allow this. You can apply for British citizenship while being a citizen of another country.
Application for British Citizenship
All applications by Jersey residents are made to the Immigration department in Jersey. You can make an application to become a British Citizen if you:
- Are 18 or over.
- Pass the Citizenship test.
- Are of good character.
- Are of sound mind.
- Meet the English language requirement.
- Intend to continue to reside in the UK.
- Lived in Jersey and/or the UK for a period, which depends on your circumstances.
- Pay the required fee.
Full details of the Citizenship Test and English Language Test are available here - Naturalisation as a British citizen: Knowledge of Language and Life (gov.je)
The Biometric Residence Permit is not required for Jersey applicants.
Visa to enter Jersey
If you are not a British Citizen, you may require a visa before entering Jersey.
You can use the Visa Checker on the UK Government website here - Check if you need a UK visa - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
EU Settlement Scheme
This is a scheme set up in conjunction with the EU to permit EU Citizens (and their families) to remain in Jersey and/or the UK after the 31 December 2020.
Irish citizens do not need to apply.
All EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens (excluding Irish) and their families should apply by the required date for either:
- Settled Status
- Pre-Settled Status
Applications must be submitted by the 30 June 2021. If the applicant is granted Settled Status, they can apply for British Citizenship after 1 year. If the applicant is granted Pre-Settled Status, they can apply for Settled Status after 5 years.
EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals or their family members who already hold Indefinite Leave to Remain may wish to apply under the Settlement Scheme as it will only be lost through an absence from the UK of more than five consecutive years.
Who Can Apply
If you are an EU national, you will need to apply to the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme to protect your right to live in Jersey from 1 January 2021.
All applicants 16 years of age and older must complete their own application.
Those EU, EEA or Swiss citizens or their family members who have already acquired permanent residence will have to apply to the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme.
British and Irish Citizens don't need to apply. 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.
Making the application
The online application is available here - Apply for the EU Settlement Scheme (gov.je)
You will receive further instructions on how to submit your identity documents either via the Yoti app or by e-mailing two photographic ID documents (passport, driving licence or National ID Card) and proof of address to the Settled Status Team.
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)
If you've lived in the United Kingdom legally for a certain length of time, you may be able to apply to settle here. This is called ‘indefinite leave to remain’.
It allows you to stay in the United Kingdom and Islands permanently without any restrictions from immigration on your stay and employment.
Full details on the requirements and how to apply are available here - Settling in Jersey: indefinite leave to remain (gov.je)
The application is made by an employer for a prospective employee.
Full details are available here - Work permits: make an application (gov.je)