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Visa and passport requirements for those coming to Jersey

UK Visas and Immigration who process visa applications for Jersey are prioritising Ukraine Family Scheme applications in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the invasion of Ukraine.

The following applications may take longer to process:

  • visit
  • study
  • work
  • family visas

Jersey Customs and Immigration Service will be unable to give updates on the progress of applications.

Information for Ukrainian nationals who wish to come to Jersey

The Jersey Customs and Immigration Service has aligned with the developing UK Immigration Policy as a direct result of the war in Ukraine. Further changes may be made. The service is working with the UK to ensure any visa applications are expedited quickly. There are two routes currently available.

  1. Ukraine Family Visa Scheme: This allows applicants to join Jersey based family members.

    To apply to the Ukraine family visa scheme you must:

    • be applying to join your Jersey based family member
    • be Ukrainian or the family member of a Ukrainian who is applying to join a Jersey based immediate family member
    • have been living in Ukraine on or immediately before 1 January 2022

    Your Jersey based sponsor must be one of the following:

    • a British National
    • settled  in Jersey, for example they have indefinite leave to remain
    • a Ukrainian national on temporary work permit employment on 24 February 2022
    • a person with limited leave as a refugee or who has been granted humanitarian protection
    • an EEA national with pre settled status

    For more detailed information on eligibility and how to make an application refer to Apply for a Ukraine Family Scheme visa

  2. Ukraine Extension Scheme: You can apply if you are Ukrainian or the family member of someone Ukrainian. You can apply if you had permission to enter or stay in Jersey on 18 March 2022 and you are currently in Jersey. For further detail on eligibility and how to apply email immigration@gov.je

Jersey do not operate a Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine).

For further advice please contact the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service immigration@gov.je

British and Irish nationals, settled or pre-settled status

You do not require a visa to enter, visit, work, study or settle in Jersey if you're:

  • British
  • Irish
  • hold settled status
  • hold pre-settled status

Settled and pre-settled status

Arrived before 31 December 2020

If you're an EEA or Swiss citizen and you want to remain in Jersey after 31 December 2020 you must receive immigration permission by applying to the Jersey EU Settlement Scheme. You'll be eligible if you arrived before 31 December 2020, applications received after 30 June 2021 will be considered against reasonable grounds.

Once you've been granted settled or pre-settled status you won't need any other form of immigration permission to live and work in Jersey or anywhere else in the Common Travel Area (CTA). The CTA is made up of the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. It also means that your employer does not require a Work Permit to employ you in Jersey.

Settled or pre-settled status granted in Jersey is recognised in the UK, Isle of Man and Guernsey. Carrying evidence of settled or pre-settled status may assist you when entering the CTA as you will be able to continue to use your national Identity card or passport until 31 December 2025.

Those with pre-settled status only have limited permission to remain in Jersey and must apply for settled status before their pre-settled permission runs out and after they have been resident in Jersey for 5 continuous years.

If you need a UK National Insurance number, you will need to apply on gov.uk and book a face to face appointment where you can present your Jersey settled or pre-settled status certificate.

Apply for a National Insurance number on GOV.UK

If you're an EEA or Swiss national and haven't got settled or pre-settled status you'll need a passport to enter Jersey if arriving from outside the CTA or Ireland.

Arrived after 31 December 2020

If you are the Joining Family Member of a person who has been granted pre-settled or settled status you may be eligible to the settlement scheme.Jersey immigration Rules

If you do not hold pre-settled or settled status and come to Jersey for the first time from outside the CTA after 31 December 2020 you'll need to be granted immigration permission either as a visitor at the border or you'll need a visa to work, study or settle in Jersey.

Non-British and non-Irish nationals and those without EU settled or pre-settled status

Visas

Certain nationalities require visas regardless of the purpose of their stay in Jersey. All nationalities require a visa if they wish to work, study or settle in Jersey. The Jersey visa requirements are aligned to the UK visa requirements. Find out if you need a UK visa on the GOV Uk website. Schengen visas are not valid in Jersey.

EEA and Swiss nationals are among a number of nationals who don't require a visa to visit Jersey for up to 6 months.

If you need a visa to enter Jersey, you need to be granted the visa before you travel, find out if you need a visa on Gov.uk website.

Make sure you have the correct documents

  • You may be refused entry into Jersey if you don't have the required documents or required prior permission

Visitors

Visitors are able to come to Jersey for up to 6 months. In general visitors are unable to work, study, settle or switch into any other immigration category.

Jersey immigration Rules

If you don't need a visa to visit Jersey you'll be granted your immigration permission on arrival into the CTA.

Workers

In general immigration permission in the form of a visa will be required to work in Jersey. Some nationals can come to Jersey to work for less than 6 months without a visa. Employers of all non-British or non-Irish nationals who come and work in Jersey will need a Work Permit and there are 2 main routes:

  • skilled workers
  • temporary workers

Students

Immigration permission in the form of a visa will be required for those who wish to come and study for a period greater than 6 months. Those who don't need a visa to visit Jersey, which includes EEA or Swiss nationals, will not require a visa for study up to a period of 6 months.

Those who wish to come and study will need to be able to maintain themselves and pay for any tuition they receive and meet the requirements of the Jersey Immigration Rules.

Family members coming to settle

Immigration permission in the form of a visa will be needed for any family member who is not British or Irish or does not hold pre-settled or settled status and wishes to come and settle with those who are already settled in Jersey.

Immigration arrangements for EU citizens moving to the UK after Brexit

Moving to the UK after Brexit: EU citizens and their families

Common travel area document requirements

Jersey is part of the Common Travel Area, along with the other Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Republic of Ireland and the UK and therefore maintains the same standard of immigration control as the UK.

There are no routine border immigration controls when travelling within the CTA.

Arrivals from UK, Isle of Man and Guernsey

On arrival in Jersey from the UK, Isle of Man or Guernsey you don't need to carry a passport. However, you're required to carry some form of recognised photographic identification as Jersey Customs and Immigration Officers may need to confirm your identity and nationality and evidence of your immigration permission.

The Jersey Customs and Immigration Service will accept whichever form of photographic identification that is accepted by your airline or ferry company for security purposes.

Arrivals from Ireland

If you're not British or Irish and arriving in Jersey directly from Ireland, you must carry your passport with you as Jersey Customs and Immigration Officers may need to confirm your identity and nationality and evidence of your immigration permission. There are the same exemptions from this passport requirement as listed below for those arriving from outside the CTA.

If you're British or Irish and arriving in Jersey directly from Ireland, you are required to carry some form of recognised photographic identification as Jersey Customs and Immigration Officers may need to confirm your identity and nationality.

Arrivals from outside the Common Travel Area

Everyone arriving in Jersey from outside the CTA will require a valid passport. There are exemptions to the passport requirement for EEA and Swiss nationals who are carrying a valid national identity card, if they:

  • have settled or pre-settled status 
  • have made a valid application to the EU Settlement Scheme but have not yet received a decision
  • are an EEA or Swiss national under the age of 19 and part of an organised school group
  • have an EU Settlement Scheme family permit
  • have a Frontier Worker permit
  • are an S2 Healthcare Visitor
  • are a Swiss Service Provider

Make sure you have the correct documents

  • You may be refused entry into Jersey if you don't have the required documents or required prior permission


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