Jersey: Offshore Legal and Tax Regimes
Employment and Residence
There are no special privileges or disabilities for the employees of non-resident or offshore operations as such. Nationals of European Union member states have free right of movement in Jersey for the purposes of work and establishment. Generally a work permit will be granted only if no suitably qualified local exists. A work permit is issued for the duration of the vacancy up to a maximum period of 3 years. The expectation is that during this period the employer will continue to seek to fill the post on a more permanent basis by finding someone who is free of permit restrictions, training them if necessary. In exceptional circumstances, with the approval of the Home Affairs Committee, a permit may be issued for up to 5 years. Preference is given to UK and other European Union nationals. A non European Economic Area national seeking entry for more than 6 months needs to obtain an entry clearance from a British Embassy or High Commission abroad, before arrival.
Long-term residency in Jersey is carefully controlled; with certain exceptions consent for residency will be given only to a person owning a residence, and in turn the purchase of a residence is subject to consent, which is given in only a limited number of cases, usually involving a luxury dwelling or an individual who is clearly going to contribute significantly to the island through payment of local taxes.