Are you considering a move to Jersey and seeking employment?
Jersey’s residential and employment laws are separate to the UK and
determines where you can work and live. You will fall under one of the
Working in Jersey – residential statuses:
Born in Jersey: You must live in Jersey for total combined period of 10 years
Not born in Jersey and moved here after age 16. Do not have
‘entitled’ parent: You must live in Jersey for a continuous period of 10
years immediately before applying for a card.
Not born in Jersey and moved here before age 20. Have an ‘entitled’
parent: You must live in Jersey for a total combined period of 10 years,
starting before the age of 20 and completed before the age of 40
Not born in Jersey and moved here before age 16: You must live in
Jersey for a continuous period of 10 years immediately before applying
for a card.
Entitled for work
Lived here for a continuous period of five years immediately before
applying. Spouse or civil partner of someone ‘entitled’, ‘entitled for
work’ or ‘licensed’.
‘Essential employee’ employed by the States of Jersey or a local business allowed to employ ‘licensed’ people.
None of the categories above apply (usually if you’ve been here less
than five years, you work seasonally, or you have been away for
More information can be found here: https://www.gov.je/Working/Contributions/RegistrationCards/Pages/GetRegistrationCard.aspx
Are you new to Jersey?
To live and work in jersey you must register at the Social Security
Department (La Motte Street) to gain a registration card, which will
display the following:
- Your name
- Your social security number
- Your residential and employment status
- The cards expiry date
Without this card, you won’t be able to work, buy or lease property.
To get the card you must provide the following documents:
- Photo identification (passport/diving license/national ID card)
- Marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
- Certificates of any dependent children (if applicable)
There is a cost for the registration card depending on your
residential and employment status. For those who are just moving to
Jersey, the cost is £75.
For information on residential statuses and what they mean can be found on:
This card will then need to be shown to your:
- Landlord (if you’re renting a property)
For more information on how to become a Jersey resident please visit:
Check if you need a UK visa to live, work or study: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
Work permits are needed if you don’t fall under the ‘permit free’ categories – for more information please visit:
ITIS and Social Security
For information on ITIS and Social Security and how it works in Jersey please read:
Businesses and employers
All information on registration cards for businesses and their employment permissions can be viewed here: https://www.gov.je/Working/Contributions/RegistrationCards/Businesses/Pages/home.aspx
Employing someone who needs a work permit? Everything Employers will need to know on this topic will be stated here: https://www.gov.je/Working/WorkPermits/EmployersApplications/Pages/EmployersInformation.aspx
Other useful links:
The official States of Jersey (government) website: www.gov.je
The Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service provides information about employment in the Island: www.jacs.org.je
The Citizens Advice Bureau provides useful information about housing and employment issues in Jersey: www.cab.org.je
Jersey Chamber of Commerce website: www.jerseychamber.com
The Jersey Finance Limited website. Useful information about news in the Jersey Finance sector: www.jerseyfinance.je
Official website of the Jersey Law Society: www.jerseylawsociety.je
Useful information about tax structures in Jersey: www.incometax.gov.je
The homepage of the Jersey Financial Services Commission: www.jerseyeveningpost.com
Information from the Jersey Evening Post – the only newspaper in the Island: www.thisisjersey.com
General news and information about Jersey: www.jtinsight.com
Training and consultancy in Jersey: www.calmera.co.uk