The Jersey EU Settlement Scheme
Those with British or Irish Nationality don't need to apply to the Settlement Scheme.
As a result of the United Kingdom (UK) leaving the EU, the status of EU citizens living in the UK and Jersey will change.
The UK government has reached a deal with the EU to operate a scheme known as the ‘EU Settlement Scheme’, which will allow EU citizens to remain in the UK after Brexit.
The States of Jersey will be operating our own version of this scheme, to ensure that EU citizens who live in the Island, making a valuable contribution to our community, are able to stay.
The Jersey EU Settlement Scheme will mean:
- settled status will be granted to successful applicants who have been continuously living in Jersey for a total of five 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 will be granted to those applicants who fulfil all the requirements of the application but have been living in Jersey for less than 5 years. 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 will also be able to apply for settled status, after five years in the Island
- close family members (spouses, civil and unmarried partners, dependent children and grandchildren, and dependent parents and grandparents) will be able to join EU citizens in the Island (where the family relationship existed on 31 December 2020)
How does the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme Work?
How does the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme work - English Leaflet
How does the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme work - French Leaflet
How does the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme work - Polish Leaflet
How does the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme work - Portuguese Leaflet
How does the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme work - Romanian Leaflet
Jersey EU Settlement Scheme Poster (English)
Jersey EU Settlement Scheme Poster (French)
Jersey EU Settlement Scheme Poster (Polish)
Jersey EU Settlement Scheme Poster (Portuguese)
Jersey EU Settlement Scheme Poster (Romanian)
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.
Do I need to apply?
You'll need to apply to obtain settled status or pre-settled status if you're living in Jersey and you're an EU citizen.
If you're an EU citizen and you have a spouse, partner or family member from outside of the EU living with you, you'll both need to apply.
Getting this status will prove that you have permission to continue living and working in Jersey in future.
If you're still unsure if you need to apply, read our case studies below for examples of how individual EU citizens’ living in Jersey will be affected by Brexit.
Is applying for settled status voluntary?
For EU citizens who arrived in Jersey before Brexit day (29 March 2019) applying for settled status will be voluntary until 31 December 2020. Whilst this is the case, Jersey Customs and Immigration Service (JCIS) encourage EU citizens who wish to remain in Jersey to apply in good time once our online scheme is launched.
How to 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
You won’t have to:
- account for every trip you’ve taken out of the Jersey
- give your fingerprints
How settled status applications will be assessed
We’re 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
JCIS will provide support to ensure your application isn’t turned down because of simple errors or omissions. We will contact you where it appears a simple omission has taken place and help you fix it. We will also let you know if you need to provide more evidence, before a decision is made.
When you need to apply
There is no need for EU citizens living in Jersey to do anything now. There will be no change to the status of EU citizens living in the Island before Brexit.
The process for applying for settled status will open in early 2019.
So people have enough time to apply, the scheme will remain open for applications until 31 December 2020. If you apply under the scheme, but don’t receive a decision before the end of this period, you can continue living in Jersey until the decision is made.
Indefinite leave to remain or Permanent residence
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
Settled Status and Jersey Residential Status
Applying for settled status won’t affect your residential status and housing rights.
Housing rights and residential statuses
Bia is a Portuguese national who moved to Jersey with her husband in 2004. She will have been continuously resident in Jersey for 16 years when the Brexit implementation period ends on 31 December 2020.
As Bia has been living continuously in Jersey for over five years, she immediately qualifies for settled status, subject to criminality checks.
This means she can apply for settled status under the Jersey scheme as soon as it is open. Once she has received her status she does not need to do anything further.
It’s fine if Bia doesn’t apply for settled status immediately. She can remain in Jersey but she must apply to JCIS by 31 December 2020 for permission to stay if she intends to carry on living in Jersey after that date.
Aurelie is a French national who arrived in Jersey in May 2017.
Aurelie must make an application via the settlement scheme before 31 December 2020 and will receive pre-settled status, subject to criminality checks.
As soon as Aurelie has been resident for five years, she will be entitled to apply for settled status, which will allow her to settle in Jersey permanently
Carlos is a Spanish national who has been living in Jersey for over 40 years. Although he has children and grandchildren living in the Island who have acquired British citizenship, Carlos has chosen to keep his Spanish passport and maintain his Spanish nationality.
Carlos immediately qualifies for settled status, subject to criminality checks.
He can apply for settled status under the Jersey scheme once it is open. Once he has received his status he does not need to do anything further.
Katie is a United States citizen who moved to Jersey in 2015 with her husband, who is German.
As the spouse of an EU national Katie can apply as the dependent spouse of her husband.
She should make her own application using the online form, and will be asked to provide her husband’s details. Her husband should also make his own separate application.
As Katie and her husband have been resident in Jersey for less than 5 years they will receive pre-settled status, subject to criminality checks.
Once they have been resident for 5 years, they will both be entitled to apply for settled status which will allow them to stay in Jersey permanently.
If you have any urgent questions that aren’t answered above,
email the Settled Status Team.