Guernsey is a wonderful place to visit, live and work. The island welcomes a large number of guests from the European Union every year and the States of Guernsey made a commitment in 2017 to respect the rights of EU nationals in the island. On this page you'll find information and documents about our EU Settled Status Scheme, general immigration rules, Guernsey's Population Management Law and the Common Travel Area.
The Bailiwick of Guernsey EU Settled Status Scheme
- Following Brexit, the rights of European Union, Swiss and European Economic Area (EEA) citizens in the Bailiwick of Guernsey will remain in place until 31 December 2020 - please note the EEA is the European Union member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
- If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national and you want to remain in the Bailiwick of Guernsey beyond 31 December 2020, you need to apply under our EU Settled Status Scheme (EU/EEA/Swiss Settled Status Scheme).
- For more information about our Settled Status Scheme, including how to apply, please click here.
- Our Settled Status Scheme allows EU, EEA and Swiss citizens, and their family members, to continue living and working in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. It means you will continue to have ongoing rights to healthcare, right to work arrangements, access to benefits and public services as you do now. You will need to apply through the Scheme regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal.
- Please note that Guernsey's Population Management Law, and any domestic laws managing employment and residence in Alderney and Sark, remains in place and may affect an EU citizen's ability to continue working in the island, depending on their individual circumstances. We would encourage anyone seeking to apply under the EU Settled Status Scheme to also review the Population Management Law section below.
- There may be different arrangements for anyone arriving in the Bailiwick after Brexit. This will depend on whether the UK leaves with or without a deal, and the immigration arrangements agreed.
- The right to enter the Bailiwick of Guernsey - for anyone who is not a British citizen - is governed by law in the form of various United Kingdom immigration acts that have been extended to the Bailiwick of Guernsey by order in council. This, in effect, makes UK immigration acts Bailiwick of Guernsey law also. For these purposes 'British citizen' includes other Commonwealth citizens who have the Right of Abode in the UK. Immigration acts regulate the entry and stay of all foreign nationals.
- Foreign nationals require permission to enter and/or stay in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. This is known as "leave to enter" or "leave to remain" and is granted to people who qualify under the Immigration Rules. The Rules set out the requirements for people seeking to enter or stay in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. The Rules also set out grounds for refusing entry or stay and for deportation. Follow this link to contact us if you'd like more information or guidance.
- Detailed information about immigration rules can be found on the Guernsey Border Agency's webpage.
Population Management Law
- The size and make-up of Guernsey's Population is regulated by the Population Management Law. The Law is designed to make sure that the island has the right mix of people supporting our economy and community now and also for the future. It aims to support local businesses by providing Employment Permits designed for specific jobs, allowing us to attract a diverse range of skilled people where needed to strengthen Guernsey's workforce. The Population Management Law also determines who can live in certain accommodation. Guernsey's properties are primarily split into two 'Housing Markets' - the Local Market and the Open Market.
- Please note that population management and immigration are separate issues. Our Population Management Law deals with someone's ability to live and work in Guernsey, whereas immigration is about the right to enter. After Brexit, an EU citizen must have relevant documentation for both immigration and population management purposes if they are residing and working in Guernsey.
- More information about Guernsey's Population Management Law can be found at this webpage, or by viewing our Frequently Asked Questions document.
Common Travel Area
- The Common Travel Area (CTA) is a long-standing arrangement between the UK, Bailiwick of Guernsey, Bailiwick of Jersey, Isle of Man and Ireland. The CTA established cooperation between respective immigration authorities enabling British and Irish citizens to move freely between, and reside in, these islands.
- If you are a British citizen or an Irish citizen you do not need to take any action to protect your status and rights associated with the CTA. After the UK leaves the EU, you will continue to enjoy these rights, no matter what the terms of the UK's exit. Both the UK and Irish Governments have committed to taking all necessary measures to ensure that the agreed CTA rights and privileges are protected in all outcomes.
- For more information about the CTA, please visit UK Government Common Travel Area.