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COVID-19 - Short Term Employment Permit (9 months on, 3 months of) extension policy

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The Committee for Home Affairs introduced the following policy as a support measure to businesses in Guernsey during the coronavirus pandemic.

This has been a difficult year for many businesses. The ongoing impact of travel restrictions, combined with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, makes planning for the future a challenge. The Committee recognises the important role it can play by ensuring the policies under its control support industry.

Any Short Term Employment Permit holder working on a '9 month on, 3 month off' working pattern who will reach the expiry of their Permit (9 month limit) before 1st April 2021 does not have to leave the island for their 3 month break away from Guernsey.

The Short Term Employment Permit holder or their employer is able email to request a temporary document from the Population Management Office. The temporary document would be issued for a period of 3 months, which will be treated as 'off-island' residence for the purposes of the Population Management Law. This means that the Permit holder will not lose their eligibility to undertake '9 month on, 3 month off' working pattern.

The Permit holder will continue to be conditional on working within the same role for the same employer during this period, as they were on their previous Short Term Employment Permit.

Upon expiry of this temporary document, the Permit holder's employer will need to apply for a further 9 month Short Term Employment Permit (now called a Seasonal Employment Permit), with the expectation that the Permit holder will take their 3 month break away from Guernsey on expiry of this new Permit.

pdf icon click here [523kb] for a copy of the media release. 

In addition, please find the other supporting policies for Employment Permits still in place below:

  • Brexit Policy

    • Any Short Term Employment Permit, Medium Term Employment Permit or Open Market HMO Resident Permit (Part D) holders reaching their 5 year limit before 28th February 2021, is able to holder a further Employment Permit until they reach a total of 6 years of residence in Guernsey, as long as they are working within a role eligible for an pdf icon Employment Permit [781kb].
    • (For Short Term Employment Permits, this would be an aggregate (combined total) of 6 years within an individual's lifetime.)
    • (For Medium Term Employment Permits or Open Market HMO Resident Permits (Part D), this would be a consecutive period of 6 years of residence, including any 'unrecognised break in residence'.)
    • Please note an Employment Permit application can only be made by an employer at their discretion.
  • '2 Year Extension' Policy

    • Any Short Term Employment Permit or Open Market HMO Resident Permit (Part D) holders working within certain job roles reaching their 5 year limit, can hold further Employment Permits to work in Guernsey until they reach a total of 7 years residence in Guernsey. This would be conditional on working within these certain job roles.
    • Job roles that are eligible for this policy have an ** marked next to the name of the role within the pdf icon Employment Permit Policy. [781kb]
    • Please note an Employment Permit application can only be made by an employer at their discretion.

 

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