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Work permits: application requirements

​​​​​​Before you apply for a work permit for an employee, you must try to find an employee who doesn’t need a permit in order to work. You must be able to prove to us that you advertised for a suitable permit-free candidate.

When a work permit is not needed: 'permit free' categories
Employment sectors considered for work permits

Work permit application requirements

To apply for a work permit for an employee, you must submit:

  • work permit application form
  • fee
  • covering letter
  • full job description
  • copy of the personal details page of the proposed employee’s passport and, if applicable the page showing the current UK immigration endorsement. Also, copies of the passports of any dependents.
  • a draft contract of employment or details of the terms and conditions (must show net salary)
  • proof of advertising, particularly the the requirment to adverstise at the Social Security Department.
  • knowledge of English language (original documents must be produced)

You may also be requested to provide:

  • details of your current employees and their jobs and responsibilities
  • evidence of appropriate accommodation
  • a copy of your Jersey Business License
  • curriculum vitae and any relevant qualifications
  • if you used a recruitment agency, state reason why this is the most apprpriate  method to use.
  • letter or email from the agency used to confirm that they have conducted a recruitment search on your behalf. This should detail what methods they have used and the efforts that they have made to recruit from the permit UK/EEA labour market, as well as the result of their search.

How the work permit post became available

You must show us how the post became available, eg:

  • previous holder no longer employed
  • new post has been created

Current sectors where work permits are being issued

Registration cards (for work and housing)

Work permit guidance notes for employers

English language requirement for work permit holders

Work Permit Application LV1

Proof that you advertised the vacancy

You must show that you have advertised for suitably qualified permit-free workers.

You should allow four weeks from the date you advertised until you begin to receive applications.

Advertisement details

Your advertisements should include:

  • a description of the job
  • qualifications and experience needed
  • salary or salary range

Advertising at the Social Security Department

You must advertise the job at the States of Jersey Social Security Department unless it is an application for a medical doctor. 

Newspaper advertising

You should advertise in the local press and in a national newspaper available in Europe. Depending on the type of job, suitable national papers may include the:

  • Times or Sunday Times
  • Financial Times
  • Daily Telegraph or Sunday Telegraph
  • Independent or Independent on Sunday
  • Guardian
  • Observer

Professional or trade journals

You can advertise in a trade journal relevant to your industry.

Recruitment agencies

If you decide to use a recruitment agency to advertise the job, you must be able explain why this was the best advertising method.

You must also provide a letter from the agency that:

  • confirms they attempted to recruit for you
  • explains the methods they used
  • explains the results of their search

Internet advertising

If you use internet advertising, you must be able to show us that the website you used was the best way to reach potential employees.

Record of responses to the advert

You should give us details of the responses you received to all advertising and recruitment methods you used. Tell us:

  • how many people responded to your advertisements
  • how many you short-listed for interview
  • full reasons why no permit-free workers were suitable for the job

Exempt advertising

You won't need to advertise if the job falls into one of these exempt categories:

  • an extension application to continue to work in the same role for the same employer 
  • an application for an intra-company transfer
  • an application for a short term entertainer
  • an application for a short term specialist worker
  • an application for existing staff from overseas for foreign companies who have moved their headquarters or expanded their operations in Jersey

Processing time for applications

Once we have received your full application, we will process it within three weeks. If it is successful, you will receive the work permit for your prospective employee.

You must then send the work permit to your employee so they can bring it with them to Jersey.

Check if your employee needs a visa

Your employee may also need a visa.

The Jersey visa requirements are the same as the UK visa requirements. Check on the Gov.UK website to see if your employee will need one and how to apply for it.

'Do I need a visa?' on the Gov.UK website​​​​

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