Control of Housing and Work Law Housing Status

11.5.0 Updated on:

There are currently five residential statuses in Jersey:

  • Permanent Entitled
  • Entitled
  • Licensed
  • Entitled for Work
  • Registered

The most important thing that determines a person’s residential and employment status is how long they have lived in the Island. The longer a person lives in Jersey, the better their residential and employment status is likely to be. However, it is also possible for someone to lose their residential and employment status.

A summary of the five residential statuses is below.

  • Permanent Entitled – Someone who has obtained Entitled status and met other criteria that make it permanent.
  • Entitled – Someone who has lived in Jersey for ten years continuously. If you are ‘Entitled’ you can buy, sell or lease any property and can work anywhere.
  • Licensed – Someone who is employed by a local business that has demonstrated that the job vacancy cannot be filled locally. A Licensed employee can buy, sell or lease any property in their own name, apart from first-time buyer restricted or social rented housing, provided they retain their Licenced status. They can only buy or rent one property as their sole place of residence in Jersey.
  • Entitled for Work – Someone who has lived in Jersey for a continuous period of five years immediately before the date of issue of their registration card, or is married to or the civil partner of someone who is Entitled, Licensed or Entitled for Work. If someone has Entitled for Work status, they can buy property jointly with an Entitled or Licensed spouse and can lease some types of Registered property as a main place of residence in their own name. Someone with Entitled for Work status can work anywhere.
  • Registered – Someone who does not qualify under the other categories. A Registered person can only lease Registered property as a main place of residence in their own name. An employer needs permission to employ a person with Registered status.

Housing after losing Entitled or Licenced status

If you own or rent housing that requires Entitled or Licenced status and lose your status, you lose the right to own or occupy the property.  The Population Office will allow reasonable time for you to move and/or sell the property, which is usually three months.  The Control of Housing and Work Law overrides the Residential Tenancy Law, meaning that even if you rent with a fixed term lease with no break clause, you cannot remain in the property until the end of the lease.

Population Office

PO Box 55
Philip Le Feuvre House
La Motte Street
St Helier
JE4 8PE

Tel: +44 1534 445505
Email: populationoffice@gov.je

Registration cards

Anyone who:

  • arrives to live and/or work in Jersey
  • who moves job
  • who moves address in Jersey

needs a registration card. This is a legal requirement. Registration cards replace the old system of Social Security cards and show your name, Social Security number and residential and employment status. You get a new card if your status changes. If you move address you must tell the Population Office within 3 months of moving.

You should also tell the Population Office if you leave the Island. For more information see here.

Getting a Registration Card

You can get a card by going to Customer and Local Services.

For details of the documents you need to take with you to get your card see here.

Customer and Local Services

PO Box 55
Philip Le Feuvre House
La Motte Street
St Helier
JE4 8PE

Tel: +44 1534 445505
Email: populationoffice@gov.je