3rd April 2017

Guernsey’s new population law comes into force

Guernsey’s new population law came into effect on 3 April 2017, one week after being voted on. The Deputies had passed it with 26 to 13 in favour of the amendment.

The new law replaced the existing housing licence scheme with a system of certificates and permits.

Residence rights

The new residence permit is issued to a householder. It applies to all members of their family who are living in the same house.

Open market resident certificates are issued to owners and tenants of open market houses. Established resident certificates, which last up to six years, allow a holder to live in a local-market or open-market house. They are issued to anyone who has held a long-term employment permit for at least eight years. They don’t give them any right to leave the island and return whenever they choose.

The most flexible certificate is the permanent resident certificate, which allows holders to live wherever they choose, and mix their Guernsey residency with living off-island.

The new law requires anyone who wants the right to live on Guernsey to have been resident on a permit for at least eight years. They’ll then have to remain for at least another six years – 14 in total – before they can move onto and off the island at will without losing their residence rights.

Anyone who was born on Guernsey to a Guernsey-born parent (or who had a grandparent born on the island) automatically has the right to remain.

Employment rights

The residence certificates are tied to four different employment permits. The first three of these, the short-, medium- and long-term certificates. These allow the holder to work for up to one, five and eight years and live in either a local- or open-market property.

The open market employment permit only allows the holder to live in an open market property.

None of the content of this post should be construed as advice. Always seek independent legal guidance.


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Other events that occured in April

Guernsey’s first female murderer goes on trial 1st
A French fisherman is arrested and escorted to St Peter Port 2nd
Guernsey’s new population law comes into force 3rd
Guernsey’s oldest resident dies, aged 110 4th
An occupation-era minefield is discovered at L’Ancresse 5th
Birth of Stone de Croze, the original Guernseyman 6th
The first ever Guernsey stamp is issued 7th
Antiquarian William Collings Lukis was born 8th
Guernsey hosts its first Parkrun at Pembroke 9th
Alderney residents lined the coast to watch Titanic pass 10th
Norfolk pupils spend a week in Guernsey 11th
A plane hit a car while landing at Guernsey Airport 12th
Battery Mirus was test fired for the first time 13th
Royal Guernsey Light Infantry fights at Ypres 14th
Guernsey Mormon Sampson Avard dies in Illinois 15th
Lieutenant Governor, Lord Ruthven, died in Bath 16th
Death of the Vicar General of the Channel Islands 17th
TV’s Jeeves is rushed to hospital on Guernsey 18th
Guernsey Airport’s new terminal opened for business 19th
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie film opened 20th
Death of Guernsey-born footballer Len Duquemin
Three Jewish women are deported from Guernsey 21st
Guernsey bigamist got married for the second time 22nd
Aurigny pilot Ray Bowyer spots a UFO near Alderney 23rd
The States of Guernsey registers the gov.gg domain 24th
Guernsey-set film The Sea Devils hits cinemas 25th
Hydrofoil Condor 1 completed its final sea trials 26th
The first Muratti football match takes place 27th
Guernsey passengers stage a ferry sit-in 28th
Guernsey abolishes the death penalty for murder 29th
Finishing touches put to new hospital 30th
Murder suspects steal visitor’s boat from St Peter Port