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Jersey’s relationship with the European Union will change on 1 January 2021. This post contains information on what changes may affect your business, and what action you may need to take before the end of the year.

Further information can be found at www.gov.je/beyondbrexit.

Do you currently employ EU nationals?

If you employ EU nationals, they need to have applied to the Jersey-EU Settlement Scheme (JEUSS) by the 30 June 2021. EU nationals are only eligible to apply if they are, or have been, in the Island by 31 December 2020.

The application is simple, cost-free, and can be done on a computer or mobile device. This week, a Government partner, Yoti, launched an online solution to allow outstanding JEUSS applicants to complete the application process via the Yoti app.

Applicants do not need to do anything until they receive their email inviting them to share their identity and nationality data, via Yoti, with the Jersey Customs & Immigration Service (JCIS). Successful applicants will then receive an email granting their status, accompanied with an electronic certificate.

JCIS will endeavour to clear the back log of applications as soon as possible. Your employee’s rights to continue living and working in Jersey will be in place as long as the application has been made before the deadline.

To apply, visit www.gov.je/SettlementScheme

Will you employ EU nationals next year?

If you have seasonal or temporary EU staff that have worked in the Island before the end of 2020 they may be eligible for the Jersey-EU Settlement Scheme and will be able to continue to return to the Island and work without a visa or a work permit.

Any EU citizen that will be new to the Island after 2020 will require a visa to work and the employer will need a work permit. Skilled workers will require an English language certificate.

Businesses can contact the Jersey Hospitality Association (JHA), Jersey Farmers Union (JFU) or Jersey Customs & Immigration Service (JCIS) directly for work permits. Chamber of Commerce are also in consultation with JCIS to act as an agent to apply for work permits on behalf of employers.

More information on the process of hiring EU nationals next year can be found here.

If you would like to speak to Jersey Customs & Immigration Service (JCIS) on immigration matters they can be contacted on immigration@gov.je

Do you import from or export to the European Union?

From the 1 January 2021 there will be new requirements, paperwork and processes that you will need to meet to import from or export to the European Union.

To help businesses understand and prepare for these new rules, Jersey’s Future Border Operating Model, along with supporting information, is available on www.gov.je/tradeready.

Further information related to customs procedures will be added to gov.je in the coming weeks.

Do your staff need training ahead of the new customs procedures and declarations?

If you trade with the European Union there will be new processes, notably the requirement to submit customs declarations. The UK government has collated a list of customs training providers, which can be accessed here.

If you would like to speak to Jersey Customs & Immigration Service (JCIS) on trade-related matters they can be contacted on rgc@gov.je.

Do you or any of your employees travel to the European Union?

If you are a British passport holder (including those passports issued by the Jersey Passport Office) you will need to comply with different rules to enter and travel around the Schengen Area (EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). Travel to the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be affected.

If you’re planning to visit the Schengen Area after 31 December 2020 you should check you have at least six months validity left from the date you will arrive.

Please use our online passport renewal calculator at www.gov.je/beyondbrexit to check if you need to take action.

Will your business have visitors from the European Union?

EU, EEA and Swiss will not require a visa to visit Jersey after 31 December 2020.

Visitors will be able to come to Jersey for up to 6 months. EU nationals will be granted their immigration permission at the border and are unlikely to be delayed when travelling through the border.

There are very limited circumstances where a person can work when they have arrived as a visitor. Please contact Jersey Customs & Immigration Service (JCIS) if you need further information.

Do you exchange personal data with the European Union?

Jersey is, and will remain, a third country for data protection purposes. Jersey has adequacy status with the EU and has enacted the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018 which is equivalent to the GDPR.

As a result it is lawful for data to flow freely between Jersey, any EU member state and any other adequate third country.

Business readiness checklist & more information

A comprehensive business readiness checklist has been produced for local businesses to ensure they are prepared for the changes that will be coming into effect from 1 January 2021.

The checklist can be found at www.gov.je/businessready.

Additional information on the end of the Transition Period not covered in this leaflet can be found at www.gov.je/beyondbrexit. Alternatively you can email letstalkbrexit@gov.je.

Further support

Jersey Business offer free, confidential, impartial advice and can help with your business planning for 2021.

Email info@jerseybusiness.je or call 610300.

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