Housing Laws: Housing Laws are in place in order to safeguard against further dramatic increases in price and the possibility of there being insufficient residential property available for future generations of local people. Therefore the States of Jersey introduced the Housing (Jersey) Law, 1949. Following another influx of newcomers to the Island during the late sixties, the States introduced the Housing (General Provision) (Jersey) Regulations, 1970, These Regulations, which have been subject to amendment over time, exist to identify those persons to whom consent may be granted. In general terms, the Housing Law and Regulations provide that every sale or lease of land in the Island must have the prior consent of the Housing Committee. Failure to comply with this provision is a criminal offence and can result in the parties being prosecuted in the Royal Court.
In summary, there are currently three broad categories of housing defined under the Housing Law:
• 'A to H' properties - which are only available to local residentially-qualified persons;
• 'J Category' properties - which are available to 'essentially employed' individuals; and
• '1(1) K' properties - which are available to individuals whose residence in the island 'can be justified on social or economic grounds' (i.e. typically high net worth individuals).
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Immigration: Passengers arriving from outside of the Common Travel Area (United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) will pass through an Immigration control. Passengers are examined under local legislation and those who qualify for admission are allowed to proceed.
If you intend to come to Jersey you should also be aware that the Points-Based System (PBS) or previous Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) in the United Kingdom, which introduced set criteria under which nationals of countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will apply to come to or remain in the United Kingdom to work, train or study, has not been adopted in Jersey.
Applications for the employment of overseas nationals in the Island will continue to be assessed against the Immigration (Work Permits) (Jersey) Rules 1995 and for students under the student provisions of the Directions of the Lieutenant-Governor.
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Work Permits are required by most overseas nationals who are coming to work in Jersey. Some persons may be exempt from the requirement for a work permit; for example a Commonwealth Citizen coming on a Working Holiday or having a U.K. born grandparent. In these and other exempt cases an entry clearance must be obtained before arriving in Jersey.
Work permits for overseas nationals who require them are issued in accordance with the Immigration (Work Permits) Rules made by the Home Affairs Minister and are administered by the Customs and Immigration Service. The rules set out the criteria to be met for the issue of a permit. A fee is charged for the processing of each application for a work permit; the fee is not refundable if the application is refused. Overseas nationals who have applied for a work permit must not travel to the United Kingdom or Islands unless they are in possession of the required work permit - otherwise they will be liable to be refused entry.
You do not require a work permit if you are a British Citizen or a national of a Member State of the European Economic Area.
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