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To help prevent the spread of coronavirus, everyone in Jersey is now ordered to stay at home.

Work permits: costs, processing times and how to apply

​Employing someone who requires a work permit

If you want to employ someone who needs a work permit to come here, you must show why you can’t fill the role with someone who is free of permit restrictions.

You must provide proof of your advertising and recruitment methods, and satisfy other requirements. The employee must also be able to show they can speak and understand English.

Work permits: application requirements

Work permits: English language requirements

When to apply for a work permit for a prospective employee

You should apply for your work permit before your prospective employee comes to Jersey.

We may consider work permit applications for employees who are in authorised employment in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, or Isle of Man. The same criteria for work permit applications apply.

Processing time

The processing time is three weeks. You must allow enough time for the work permit to be issued before your employee travels to Jersey.


On completion of the application form you will be connected to an online payment platform operated used by the Government of Jersey. Once payment has been completed your application will automatically be submitted to the Jersey Customs & Immigration Service.

To find out how much work permits cost​, use the link below.

Immigration and nationality fees​

Work permits and visas in Jersey

If your prospective employee is in authorised employment in the United Kingdom, Guernsey or Isle of Man s/he will not need to travel abroad to obtain a separate visa if s/he is granted a work permit to work in Jersey.

In these circumstances the prospective employee will need to apply for further Leave to Remain.

Applying for further Leave to Remain

If your prospective employee is living abroad and is granted a Jersey work permit s/he may need a visa before travelling to Jersey. You can check on the website.​

Check if you need a UK visa on website​​

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