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Resident Certificates and Permits

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The Population Management Law was introduced on 3rd April 2017, and replaced the Housing Control and Right to Work Laws. 

  • Important Information - Please Read

    • New Residents - aged 16+ or under 16 and working:
      Every person moving to Guernsey for the first time, or returning to Guernsey, after 3rd April 2017 will need to hold a Certificate or Permit showing that they have permission to live and work here.
    • Residents here before 3rd April 2017: 
      All documents issued under the Housing Control system are valid under the new Law, until they reach their expiry date, or a condition on them is broken.

      If people were resident before 3rd April 2017 and are not working, they will not need a Permit/Certificate.  Young people will need to get a Permit or Certificate when they turn 16. 
    • Islanders returning to Guernsey:
      People with full residential qualifications coming back to Guernsey after 3rd April 2017 will need to swap their Status Declaration for a Permanent Resident Certificate.
  • Apply for a Resident Certificate or Permit 

  • Already started an application?

    • If you have already started to make an online application, you can click here  to update or finish the application.
  • Certificate of Ordinary Residence Forms

  • Application Fees 

    • Please note that the Resident Certificate/Permit application fee is waived if the applicant is part of a household receiving Supplementary Benefit at the time of application.
  • Changes in circumstances, 'my document will expire soon' and absences from the Island

  • What is a Resident Certificate?

    • These are issued to people who are automatically entitled to live in Guernsey.  Certificates are usually issued to people with strong family connections to the Island, or people who have been invited to live in the Island in the long-term because of the skills they bring. 
    • Any person aged 16+ who holds a Resident Certificate can be a householder.  Some Certificates limit the holder to living in Open Market housing, while others give access to both Local Market and Open Market housing. 
    • Holders of Resident Certificates have a right to stay in Guernsey indefinitely, but only those holding a Permanent Resident Certificate have a life-long right to live in Local Market housing even if they spend long periods of time living away from Guernsey.
  • What is a Resident Permit?

    • These are usually granted to people who are the immediate family members of a person who are entitled or permitted to live in Guernsey.  It is a condition of most Resident Permits that the holder lives with a named householder.  If this condition is broken, the permit becomes invalid.
    • You can find out more about what happens if there is a change in your circumstances here.
    • You can read more in our pdf icon Quick Guide to Certificates and Permits [249kb]
  • What is the Local Market?

    • If you are not familiar with life in Guernsey, learning more about how our housing market works is a good place to start.
    • Guernsey's housing market is divided into two sectors, known as the Open Market and the Local Market.  The rules about who can live in Local Market housing are tighter than those about who can live in the Open Market.  Because of this, Local Market housing is usually less expensive to rent or buy than Open Market housing.
    • Most of Guernsey's housing is Local Market (about 27,000 homes).  People who are invited to live and work in Guernsey because of their essential skills or to fill manpower shortages will normally hold a Permit enabling them to live in Local Market accommodation. 
    • Depending on the type of employment and the skills the person brings, some people moving to Guernsey are given a Permit that invites them and their immediate family to stay in Guernsey long enough to become Permanent Residents.
    • You can find out more about Employment Permits here.
  • Immediate and Extended Family Members

 

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