Please below policies that the Committee for Home Affairs have introduced as a support measure to businesses in Guernsey during the coronavirus pandemic.
This has been a difficult year for many businesses. The ongoing impact of travel restrictions, combined with the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, makes planning for the future a challenge. The Committee recognises the important role it can play by ensuring the policies under its control support industry.
CCA Emergency Regulations - Employment Permit holders during Lockdown
- The Civil Contingencies Authority have recently approved Emergency Regulations proposed by the Committee for Home Affairs, in relation to Employment Permit holders in Guernsey.
- Anyone holding an Employment Permit to work in Guernsey and has had a change in their circumstances due to Lockdown, such as;
- been made redundant; or
- reduced their hours to part-time (under 35 hours) within the role listed on their Permit; or
- temporarily moved employment (e.g. because of temporary closures, etc.),
- can continue holding the same Employment Permit without invalidating it, where this would have usually invalidated the Permit.
- Anyone who is affected by these Emergency Regulations is asked to notify the Population Management Office by email or by telephone on 01481715790.
- Click here [522kb] for a copy of the media release.
- These Emergency Regulations have recently been extended to cover individuals up until 5th April 2021, when they expire.
- Anyone who is not working in their full-time role listed on their Employment Permit after the 5th April 2021, are encouraged to contact the Population Management Office for further support and guidance.
Seasonal Employment Permit/Short Term Employment Permit (9 months on, 3 months off) extension policy
- Any Seasonal Employment Permit/Short Term Employment Permit holder working on a '9 month on, 3 month off' working pattern who will reach the expiry of their Permit (9 month limit) before 30th June 2021 does not have to leave the island for their 3 month break away from Guernsey.
- The Seasonal Employment Permit/Short Term Employment Permit holder or their employer is able email to request a temporary document from the Population Management Office. The temporary document would be issued for a period of 3 months, which will be treated as 'off-island' residence for the purposes of the Population Management Law. This means that the Permit holder will not lose their eligibility to undertake '9 month on, 3 month off' working pattern.
- The Permit holder will continue to be conditional on working within the same role for the same employer during this period, as they were on their previous Seasonal Employment Permit/Short Term Employment Permit.
- Upon expiry of this temporary document, the Permit holder's employer will need to apply for a further 9 month Short Term Employment Permit (now called a Seasonal Employment Permit), with the expectation that the Permit holder will take their 3 month break away from Guernsey on expiry of this new Permit.
- click here [523kb]for a copy of the media release.
- The Committee for Home Affairs recently extended this policy to cover anyone reaching their 9 month limit on their Seasonal Employment Permit/9 month Short Term Employment Permit on or before 30th June 2021.
- Anyone reaching their 9 month limit after the 30th June 2021 is currently expected to take their 3 month break away from Guernsey.
'2 Year Extension' Policy
- From February 2021, the Committee for Home Affairs agreed to extend the '2 year extension policy' to cover all job roles found within the Employment Permit Policy. [781kb]
- Any Short Term Employment Permit (STEP), Medium Term Employment Permit (MTEP) or Open Market HMO Resident Permit (Part D) (OMHMORP) who has reached their 5 year limit, can hold a further Employment Permit to work in Guernsey until they reach a total of 6 years* residence in Guernsey.
- Any STEP, MTEP or OMHMORP holder who has already benefited from an additional Employment Permit under an alternative policy (e.g. Brexit Policy), can also hold a further Employment Permit until they reach a total of 7 years* residence in Guernsey, under this current policy.
- The Employment Permit would be conditional on working within a named role for a named employer.
- *Find the definition of 6 & 7 years residence below:
- STEP- aggregate limit (combined total of residence ever held in Guernsey during an individual's lifetime).
- MTEP- consecutive limit (amount of continuous residence since first arrival into Guernsey or arrival after a recognised break in residence** [unrecognised breaks in residence count towards this limit]).
- OMHMORP - consecutive limit (amount of continuous residence since first arrival into Guernsey or arrival after a recognised break in residence** [unrecognised breaks in residence count towards this limit]).
- **A 'recognised break in residence' is equal to or greater than an individual's last period of residence (since their first arrival or last recognised break in residence).
- For Open Market HMO Resident Permit (Part D) holders who have reached their 5 year limit, they should only expect to be granted an Employment Permit if their job role is found within the Employment Permit Policy. [781kb]
- Please note an Employment Permit application can only be made by an employer at their discretion.
- To apply for this extension, the employer simply makes an online application for a 'Short Term Employment Permit', through their existing Population Portal account. This type of Permit can only be issued for up to 12 months. For administrative reasons the Permit is issued as a Discretionary Resident Permit.
- Medium Term Employment Permit holders eligible for this policy will still be considered householders, and will continue to be able to accommodate their immediate family members. [423kb] Their immediate family members will need to re-apply for a Family Member Resident Permit through their online Population Portal account.