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Information and public services for the Island of Jersey

L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Visa applications (FOI)

Visa applications (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 10 December 2020.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


For the years 2017 to 2020, please provide the following:


I would like to know how much it costs the Government to process all Visa applications, applications processed abroad and in Jersey respectively.


How many visitors visas where granted to visit Jersey and how many where denied?

Please could you provide age and citizenship of applicants.


How many work permits / work visas where granted to the finance industry, could you kindly provide nationalities of the applicants?


How many non-EU illegal immigrants where deported from Jersey.


How many Non-EU visas where issued due to domestic violence divorce.



This Service does not hold data on the cost to process visa applications both abroad and in Jersey. The online application process is dealt with by Home Office Entry Clearance Officers and referred to Jersey Customs and Immigration Service for a decision. The time taken to deal with a referral varies depending on the nature of the visa application.



​Applications approved

Applications refused​



The above figures consist of general visits, business visits and student visits. The age and nationality of the applicants varies across the spectrum and it is not possible to provide a full breakdown of data in relation to the 958 visas granted. However, the top nationalities granted visit visas were nationals of South Africa, India, Thailand and Philippines.


The number of work permits / visas issued to the finance industry are detailed below. It is not possible to provide a breakdown of age and nationality of the 776 applications granted. However, the top nationalities granted visas in this category were nationals of South Africa, India, Zimbabwe, and Philippines.

2017 – 172

2018 – 221

2019 – 188

2020 - 195


Illegal entrants are not ‘deported’ but removed administratively from the Island under the Jersey Immigration Rules. A foreign national is only considered for deportation if he/she are found guilty of an offence for which they are sentenced to a period of imprisonment greater than 12 months or are recommended for deportation by the Court.

The number of illegal immigrants removed are as follows:

2017 – 1

2018 – 1

2019 – 1

2020 – 2

In addition, the following figures relate to non-EU immigrants refused entry at the borders:

2017 – 13

2018 – 17

2019 – 21

2020 – 1


Indefinite leave to remain in Jersey as the victim of domestic violence may be granted under Part 289A of the Jersey Immigration Rules. There have been no applications made or leave granted under this criteria for the period 2017 to 2020. However, discretionary leave has been granted in 1 case in respect of domestic violence separation.

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