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Customs and immigration statistics

Work permits

Work permits allow employers to employ a person of non-European Economic Area nationality. This is only for a limited period and where it can be demonstrated that there is a shortage of particular qualifications and skills in the resident and permit-free European labour market.

In 2016:

  • 235 work permit applications were received
  • 235 work permits were issued
  • 130 work permits were issued to the finance sector
  • 48 work permits were issued to the hotels and restaurants sector

Between 2004 and 2005:

  • the number of work permit applications to work in Jersey fell by almost three-quarters
  • the fall occurred predominantly in the hotel and restaurants and agriculture sectors
  • the fall was largely a result of eight nations entering into the EU in May 2004, removing the requirement of work permits for such nationals

Numbers of work permits issued by sector from 2005 to ​2016

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 20152016
Applications received394386409509358343338239252258305 235​
Permits issued389381405492353333334236252255304 235​
By sectors:                       ​
Finance719716124212612510610397129168 130​
Hotels and restaurants1751491129584727359595249 48​

Source: States of Jersey Customs and Immigration Service


Numbers of passports issued and documents legalised 2010 to 2018

​Passports issued10,80210,3199,79110,18710,80210,64010,16310,11110,745
​Documents legalised8,6958,4418,1528,5678,4538,3757,2298,2157,629

Source: States of Jersey Customs and Immigration Service

Impôts (excise duties)

For details on Impôts (excise duties) see:

Impôts (excise duties) statistics


In 2016, the Customs and Immigration Service was responsible for 153 drug seizures. 

These seizures had an estimated street value of £3,778,673.

Drug seizures by Customs and Immigration, value and volume in 2016

Commodity Value Millilitres (ml) Grams (g) Tablets
Cannabis resin£2,727,195-136,221-
Class C / other£4,959--2,652
Herbal cannabis£1,297-65-
TOTAL      £3,778,673    2,139 136,582     17,087

 Source: States of Jersey Customs and Immigration Service


Data for 2001 onwards includes joint operations between Jersey Customs, Guernsey Border Agency, Jersey and UK police, and French Customs.


F​ind out more information in the Customs and Immigrations Service annual reports.

Community and Constitutiona​l Affairs (formerly Home Affairs) reports and documents

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