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Moving to Jersey

The Bailiwick of Jersey is a British Crown Dependency, that is located off the coast of Normandy in Northern France. It includes the island of Jersey, along with three other islands that are no longer permanently inhabited. It is part of the Channel Islands, along with Guernsey. It is not officially part of the United Kingdom, but it belongs to the Common Travel Area. The people of the island have a different culture and national identity from the UK, though the UK is responsible for their defense. Its official languages are English and French, and its capital and largest city is Saint Helier. It has a population of about 90,000, half of which are ethnic Jersey, and there are also Britons, Portuguese, Irish and French people living there. It takes up about 116 square kilometers.


Work Permit

In order to obtain a skilled or unskilled work permit for Jersey, your employer must pass your case against all the criteria in the Immigration (Work Permit) Rules. Generally, there will have to be a shortage of labor in the local sphere, and the foreigner has to have special skills. Your employer has to advertise this position locally and try to seek out an employee in Jersey before they can begin the work permit process. They have to provide evidence of putting up ads in newspapers or the internet, and the types of responses they got and why they turned them down.

Work permits are issued for a maximum of three years.

Click here for guidelines that employers have to follow.

Skilled Work Permit

Your employer is required to fill out a Skilled Work Permit Application. They must include information about the company and background information on you. They may have to attach a full job description, references and CV. They must provide information about salary and where you will reside in Jersey.

Click here to check if you need entry clearance.

Studying in Jersey

To study in Jersey, you must first be accepted by an accredited educational institution. You must either participate in a full-time degree course, or a weekday course that takes up 15 hours per week, or a full time study at an independent fee paying school. You have to financially support yourself, and also leave the premises of Jersey and the greater UK after your course is over. You may be able to work part time; you should apply through the Immigration Office, if you are interested.

Click here for information about obtainaing a Tier 4 Student Visa through the UK if you are studying in Jersey for over six months and want to work part time.

Click here for information about student life in Jersey.

Moving Pets to Jersey

If you wish to import your pet to Jersey without a quarantine period, cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits and rodents that follow the PETS Scheme are good to enter. In general, pets should be microchipped, vaccinated against rabies, blood tested (to make sure the rabies vaccine is working) and treated against tapeworms and ticks in order to obtain a PETS passport and enter Jersey.

The following dog breeds are banned from entering Jersey: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brazilero. They may deny other dogs that are bred for fighting.

There may be additional requirements depending on your country of origin.

Other Information

Click here for information on the culture in Jersey.

Click here for information about economic development in Jersey.

Click here for information about housing in Jersey.

Click here for a visitor’s guide to Jersey.

Click here for a map of Jersey.


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