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Work permits: English language

Before we issue a work permit, your employee must be able to show that they can speak and understand English. In some cases, certain people may be exempt from this requirement. 

People exempt from the language requirement 

Some people are exempt from the English language requirement. They are: 
  • work permit holders living in Jersey before 1 March 2012
  • work permits issued to intra-company transferees
  • temporary workers employed for periods of up to nine months
  • short term work permit holders of up to 12 months (if the permit is extended past 12 months, the person must meet the language requirement)

Meeting the language requirement

To meet the English language requirement you must show that your employee meets one of the following. They must:

  • have passed an English language test as described below
  • be a national of one of the countries listed below
  • have a degree from one of the countries listed below
  • have a recognised academic qualification as detailed below

English language test

If your employee has passed an English language test, they must provide the original certificates. The test must be one of the following:

  • on the list of approved English language tests (approved by the Home Office and passed the speaking and listening components – only appropriate to level B1, or for sports ​persons and coaches level A1, ​of the Common European Framework of Reference) (CEFR)
  • from an English language test provider approved by the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service

For a list of approved English language test providers, see the UK Visas and Immigration website. Highlands College in Jersey and the Guernsey College of Further Education both offer approved language tests in the Channel Islands. 

Approved English tests on UK Government website

UK Visas and immigration website

Guernsey College of Further Education website

Highlands College (Jersey) website

Nationals of certain countries 

Your employee will meet the English language requirement if they are a national of:
  • Antigua and Barbuda 
  • Australia
  • the Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA

Degrees from majority English speaking countries 

If your employee has a degree from one of the following countries, (Canada is not on this list) they will meet the English language requirement by providing:

  • their degree certificate and
  • an Academic Qualification Level Statement (AQUALS) from UK NARIC confirming the qualification is equivalent to a Bachelors or Master's degree or PhD in the UK. 
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia 
  • the Bahamas 
  • Barbados
  • Belize 
  • Dominica 
  • Grenada 
  • Guyana 
  • Ireland 
  • Jamaica 
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia 
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines 
  • Trinidad and Tobago 
  • USA

Other academic qualifications

If your employee has a degree that was taught or researched in English in a non-majority English speaking country, they will meet the English language requirement by providing the following:

  • their degree certificate

  • an Academic Qualification Level Statement (AQUALS) from UK NARIC confirming the qualification is equivalent to a Bachelors or Master's degree or PhD in the UK and

  • an English Language Proficiency Statement (ELPS) from UK NARIC, which will confirm that the degree was taught in English

When applying for UK NARIC statements follow the "red route" to "visas and nationality"

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