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Islander status and your right to live and work in Europe

What it means

Islander status means that you do not have the automatic right to live or work in Europe. You may however live and work in the UK without restriction.

Checking your passport for your status

If you have Islander status, the following will be printed on the back of the photo page in your passport:
 
'The holder is not entitled to benefit from EU provisions relating to employment or establishment'.

Why you have Islander status

You will have Islander status if:
  • you were born, adopted, registered or naturalised in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man and you do not have a link with the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)
  • you were born abroad and got your British nationality through a parent born, adopted, registered or naturalised in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man and you do not have a link with the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

Jersey-born but your passport doesn’t show Islander status

If the phrase is not printed in your passport but you are Jersey-born, you may have links with the UK making you exempt from Islander status. Examples of links with the UK include:
  • a mother who was born, adopted, registered or naturalised in the UK
  • a father who was born, adopted, registered or naturalised in the UK (your parents must have been married unless you were born on or after 1 July 2006)
  • a grandparent who was born, adopted, registered or naturalised in the UK. If your paternal grandfather was born in the UK, your parents must have been married (unless you were born on or after 1 July 2006) and your father’s parents must have been married
  • living in the UK for five years or more continuously

Applying to live or work in a European country

Links with the UK

If you have links with the UK (as above), you need to let us know by completing section 4 of the form when you apply for your passport. You will be entitled to the same benefits as a British citizen for working and living in Europe.

No links with the UK

If you do not have links to the UK and want to live or work in a European country, you should first get permission from the relevant embassy in the UK.

Links with an EU country

If you have a link with another European Union country, you may be able to apply for a passport from that country. You could then live and work in Europe on that passport. Contact the embassy of that country for advice.​



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