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Jersey Citizenship Supplement (FOI)

Jersey Citizenship Supplement (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 08 March 2019.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


Who created the Jersey Citizenship Supplement and how often is it updated, and has it been checked by local historians?

I ask this because it currently says:

"The famous Jersey cow has been a ‘protected species’ for the last 200 years. No cattle imports are allowed in order to keep the breed pure, but through exports and husbandry elsewhere, the animal can be found in almost every country in the world."

The supplement says it dates "from October 2014". But in July 2008, the States of Jersey took the historic step of ending the ban on imports, and allowing the import of bull semen from any breed of cattle, although only semen that is genetically pure will enable the resultant progeny to be entered in the Jersey Herd Book. Cows other than Jerseys can now be seen in Island fields.


The Jersey Citizenship Supplement was introduced in 2005 by the Chief Inspector of Immigration and this was aligned to similar supplements introduced in the other Crown Dependencies of Guernsey and Isle of Man.

The supplement guide and the supplement questions were introduced with the input from a local historian from the Jersey Museum and have been regularly reviewed. However we are grateful for your note in relation to the cattle imports to Jersey referred to in the supplement guide, which has been overlooked and will now be rectified.

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