About the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme
EU nationals had until 30 June 2021 to apply for the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme. Valid applications that have not yet been finalised will protect the rights of the applicant to continue living and working in Jersey until it's finalised.
The scheme means:
- 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 a year after being granted settled status
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 five years. After they have completed five years residence they can then apply for settled status
family members who are living with, or join, EU citizens in Jersey may also be able to apply for settled status
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)
Who needs to apply
All EU, EEA or Swiss citizens, or their family members, who were resident in Jersey before the 30 June 2021 must apply for the Jersey-EU Settlement Scheme to protect their rights to live and work in the Island.
British and Irish citizens do not need to apply.
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 received permanent residence will have to apply for the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme.
EU, EEA or Swiss citizens or their family members who already hold indefinite leave to remain (IRL) may wish to apply to the scheme. ILR granted under the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme will only be lost through an absence from the UK and Islands of more than 5 consecutive years.
Cost of applications
You do not need to pay to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.
EU nationals had until 30 June 2021 to apply for the scheme.
After the 30 June 2021 a 28 day notices was issued to those resident EU nationals who are encountered by Jersey Customs and Immigration Service officers and have not yet applied to the EU Settlement Scheme.
The 28 day notice will be issued to those who can satisfy JCIS officers that they were resident in Jersey before 2021 and will need to make an application within 28 days.
Late applications will be assessed against reasonable grounds for missing the deadline. Those who do not make an application within 28 days or who’s application is refused will be liable to removal. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Apply for the EU Settlement Scheme
To complete your application you'll need your:
- Social Security number
- passport or National ID number
Apply for the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme
To be eligible to the scheme you must have arrived in Jersey before 1 January 2021.
If you were living in Jersey before 1 January 2021 but were not present in Jersey on 31 December 2020 your eligibility to the scheme will depend on how long you were here and absent for.
To be eligible for settled status you must have lived in Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man or the UK for more than 5 continuous years and not left for more than 5 years.
To be eligible for pre-settled status you must not have left Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man or the UK for more than 6 months in any 12 month period.
You may also be eligible if you were living in Jersey by 31 December 2020 but left for 1 period of no more than 12 months for an important reason. Such as:
- serious illness
- vocational training
- an overseas work posting
All EU nationals, other than Irish nationals, living in Jersey before the end of 2020 and wishing to remain in Jersey must apply to the settlement scheme. Those who do not apply to the settlement scheme by 30 June 2021 will be in the Island unlawfully which may lead to removal from Jersey. Not joining the scheme will affect their ability to travel and to access jobs, housing, free healthcare and benefits.
Those who have not yet applied are strongly urged to do so.
Email us if you are not sure if you need to apply.
This does not apply to British or Irish nationals.
Check your status
It may take a few months for us to process your application.
If you have applied for the scheme you can check the status of your application.
Joining Family Members status
Make sure you have the correct documents
You may be refused entry into Jersey if you do not have the required documents or permissions.
You may be eligible for a settled status of Joining Family Member if you're related to someone who has pre-settled or settled status. This includes if you're their:
- civil partner
- durable partner
- dependent parent
If you fall into these categories you do not need to have previously lived in Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man or the UK. Your eligibility for settled status depends on the length and type of relationship you have with the relative who holds pre-settled or settled status. For further information on eligibility contact us.
If you intend to come to Jersey and settle as a Joining Family Member you must have an EU Family Permit visa before travelling to Jersey. You'll be refused entry at the border if you come to Jersey and want to enter as a Joining Family Member but do not have immigration permission before you arrive.
Apply for an EU Settlement Scheme family permit to join family in the UK on GOV.UK
See translations below of the questions in the application form.
Jersey EU Settlement Scheme application form questions in French
Jersey EU Settlement Scheme application form questions in Polish
Jersey EU Settlement Scheme application form questions in Portuguese
Jersey EU Settlement Scheme application form questions in Romanian
How we'll assess your application
Before we can grant you settled status your application will be assessed and must satisfy 3 criteria:
Applicants' length of residency will be verified with reference to their Social Security data.
Those who have been resident for 5 years or more will be eligible for settled status.
Those who have not been resident for 5 years will be eligible for pre-settled status. Both are subject to assessments of periods of absences.
Applicants will be asked to declare details of any criminal convictions committed in Jersey or elsewhere. They'll also be subject to criminal record checks conducted by caseworkers.
You must not be a serious or persistent criminal, a threat to national security, or have a deportation order, exclusion order, exclusion decision or removal decision against you. This will not affect the vast majority of EU citizens and their family members.
Identity and nationality
Applicants will be asked to create a digital identity using your
Digital ID so that we can confirm their identity and nationality.
A unique link will be emailed to each applicant allowing their data to be securely shared with us. A copy of the uploaded identity card or passport will be recorded against the applicant’s casefile. Once completed the applicant will be sent an email confirmation of their status.
Settled status and Jersey residential status
Applying for settled status will not affect your residential status and housing rights or ability to work in the Island.
Housing rights and residential statuses