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Work permits and working in Jersey

You will need a work permit to work in Jersey if you do not fall into any of the 'permit free' categories below. An employer will need to submit a work permit application on your behalf.

'Permit-free' categories: when a work permit is not needed

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

Right of abode (life events section)
How to apply for an EEA family permit on UK Border Agency website
UK ancestry guidance notes on UK Border Agency website
Youth Mobility Scheme guidance on UK Border Agency website
Minister of religion guidance notes on UK Border Agency website
Visiting criteria for non EU / EEA business visitors (travel and transport section)

Croatian nationals: when you need a work permit to work in Jersey

Some Croatian nationals will need a work permit to work in Jersey until 30 June 2018. This transitional period has been in place since Croatia became an EU member on 1 July 2013.

Croatian nationals and work permits

Visas and work permits

Some nationalities require visas as well as work permits. If your employer’s application for a work permit is successful, you may also need a visa. The UK Border Agency website will show if you need a visa.

'Do I need a visa?' on UK Border Agency website

When to apply for a work permit

Your employer should apply for your work permit before you come to Jersey. They need to follow our guidelines when applying for your work permit.

Employers applying for a work permit

If you are already working in the British Isles and want to start work in Jersey

We may consider work permit applications for employees who are in authorised employment in:

  • the UK
  • other Channel Islands
  • Isle of Man

In these cases the same criteria for work permit applications apply.

Processing times for a work permit

It normally takes three weeks to process your permit. The employer should therefore allow enough time for a permit to be issued before you travel to Jersey.

The UK points based system or the highly skilled migrant programme

Neither the points based system nor the highly skilled migrant programme have been adopted in Jersey. Therefore an employer will need to submit a work permit application on your behalf.

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