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Wednesday 27 March 2019

The rights of EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and their family members resident in the Bailiwick of Guernsey will change when the UK leaves the EU.

The UK and the EU have agreed that affected citizens' rights will continue until 31 December 2020. As a result, if those citizens want to stay in the Bailiwick of Guernsey beyond that date, they will need to apply under the EU/EEA/Swiss Settlement Scheme. This will allow those citizens and their family members to continue to live and work in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and will allow them to continue to have ongoing rights to healthcare, work arrangements and public services.

It is important to note that the EU/EEA/Swiss settlement scheme will be operated under immigration legislation and is therefore entirely separate to the Population Management Law which operates in Guernsey, and any domestic laws controlling employment and residence in Alderney and Sark, which will continue to apply as now.

How much will it cost?

There will no fee for applicants to register on the scheme. The application process is quick, easy and free of charge

When can I apply?

The settlement scheme will be open from Monday 1st April 2019.. There is no rush to apply as the scheme will be open until 30th June 2021 to allow plenty of time for those affected to apply.

Who is eligible to apply?

The following nationalities will be eligible to apply under this scheme:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

You do not need to apply if you are a British or Irish Citizen.

A separate application form must be completed for each applicant.

Where can I get an application form?

The Settlement Scheme forms and information leaflets are now available online via: www.gov.gg/gba

Applicants can download the form or alternatively forms can be collected from:

Information leaflets are also available in Portuguese, Latvian, Polish and French

How do I submit the completed application?

Completed applications must be made in person to:

When an applicant makes their application, they should submit their valid passport or national identity card. If the applicant holds a permanent residence document, this should be included as well. If the applicant does not already have permanent residence, evidence of the residence so far will be required. In the majority of cases (and with the applicant's permission) this can be confirmed by the Immigration and Nationality team through checks conducted with the Revenue Service and Social Security departments of the States of Guernsey.

Helping Businesses and Employees

All efforts are being made to ensure that the scheme does not cause a detrimental impact to local business and staff. If you are a business and you feel that your staff would benefit from a visit from the immigration and Nationality team to learn more about the scheme, or to offer an opportunity to submit completed applications, please get in touch and we will come and meet with you on site.

All Enquiries should be directed to Immigration and Nationality, Guernsey Border Agency, New Jetty, White Rock, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2LL Tel: 01481 741420 Email: immigration@gba.gov.gg

 

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