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Jersey EU Settlement Scheme Statistics

About Jersey EU Settlement Scheme Statistics

Following a referendum, residents of the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016.  As a result, on 31 December 2020 the free movement of EU nationals in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey ended, from this date all EU nationals required immigration permission to enter and remain in the Island.  The Withdrawal Agreement ensured that EU nationals resident in Jersey prior to 2021 would have protected rights and be able to continue living and working in the Island.

The Jersey EU Settlement Scheme was set up to mirror the UK’s scheme and enable resident EU nationals to formalise their protected rights and receive the immigration permission they need to continue living and working in Jersey once the UK left the EU.  

Introduction

Due to the free movement of EU nationals, prior to Brexit, there were no formal records of the number of resident EU nationals in Jersey.  Information received from Honorary Consuls and other sources in 2017 indicated there may have been up to 20,000 resident EU nationals in Jersey.

Following a year of preparation, which included an agreement that settled status granted in Jersey would be recognised in the UK and visa-versa, the scheme opened 5 February 2019. 21 applications were received on the opening day of the scheme.

Throughout the life of the scheme there have been on average 605 applications submitted per month.  In October 2019, 2,790 applications were submitted (31 October 2019 was the first potential Brexit date).

On 6 January 2020 the 10,000th application to the scheme was submitted.

The Covid-19 pandemic effected the administration of the scheme as it did many other Government programs.  Only a handful of applications were granted between March and October 2020, whilst a secure alternative was found to verifying nationality and identity as a replacement for in-person appointments.

In November 2020, the use of Yoti was introduced to allow applicants to submit their nationality and identity details remotely.  Since then just over 9,800 invitations to use Yoti have been sent out to applicants and 6,600 have successfully submitted their data via the app.

On 9 April 2021, the Immigration Status Checker was set up, this allowed applicants to confirm their immigration status and provide this as live evidence to a 3rd party if needed.  

The end of the Grace Period on 30 June 2021 formally signalled the point at which resident EU nationals were required to either have applied to the scheme or have been granted pre-settled or settled status in order to have the necessary permission to remain in the Island. 

Information on those who have been granted settled or pre-settled status is being shared with the UK Home Office to ensure that UK Border Force recognise those transiting through the UK to Jersey who have the appropriate permission.  This will also ensure the UK recognise those resident EU nationals who relocate to the UK.

At midnight 30 June 2021 there were 17,550 applications to the scheme.

Number of applications by nationality and age group

Nationality
Number of applicants
Percent
Under 18
​18 to 30
​31 to 65
​Over 65
Portuguese
​9,980
​57%
​669
1,451
​7,195
​665
Polish
​3,219
​18%
​210
​533
​2,458
​18
Romanian
​1,765
​10%
​163
​297
​1,294
​11
French
​606
​3%
​27
​71
​369
​139
Italian
​269
​2%
​13
​32
​119
​105
Latvian
​209
​1%
​30
​38
​138
​3
Bulgarians
​208
​1%
​5
​53
​147
​3
Other nationals
​1,294
​8%
​125
​181
​857
​131
Totals
​17,550
​100%
​1,242
​2,656
​12,577
​1,075

259 applications are from non-EEA or Swiss nationals that are dependants of EEA or Swiss nationals.

The only EEA country nationals not to have made an application are citizens of Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

​Total number of applications received (finalised)
​17,550 (73%)
Granted 
12,524
Refused 
42
Withdrawn
137
Pending - awaiting response from applicants
3,841
Under review - duplicates
110
Unprocessed applications
896
Granted pre-settled status
2,675
Granted settled status
9,849

One application has been refused due to failing the criminal threshold and the remaining refusals are due to a lack of residency.

Jersey in comparison to other jurisdictions

Research indicates that Jersey has by far the highest proportion of resident EU nationals outside of the European Union than anywhere else in the world.

Jurisdiction
​Percentage of resident EU nationals
(based on settlement scheme figures)
​Jersey
​16%
​UK
​8%
​Guernsey
​7%
​Isle of Man
​3%

Late applications

Late applications can be made to the scheme after 30 June 2021. These applications will be considered against reasonable grounds for a late application. 47 late applications have been received in the first week of July 2021.

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