In order to apply for the Jersey Investor Visa you will need to meet the following requirements:
- You must have £2 million of your own money (wholly under your control and disposable in Jersey) which you will need to invest as directed by the relevant Minister;
- You must intend to make Jersey your main home; and
- You must be able to accommodate yourself and your dependents without recourse to public funds.
Can I Bring my Dependents?
Yes, your spouse or civil partner and dependent children (under the age of 18) may apply at the same time as you (Paragraphs 240-245 Jersey Immigration Rules). Their leave will only be valid for as long as yours. They will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and British citizenship at the same time as you. You must be able to adequately house and maintain your dependents.
Route to UK Citizenship
STAGE 1 – Leave to enter will be granted for an initial period of 3 years and 4 months (Paragraph 225 Jersey Immigration Rules). You should apply for an extension at least 3 months before the end of your initial visa period. In order to acquire an extension you must have invested the £2 million as directed and met the conditions under which the original visa was granted (Paragraph 227 Jersey Immigration Rules). An extension will be granted for a term of 2 years (Paragraph 228, Jersey Immigration Rules).
STAGE 2 – After spending a continuous 5 year period in Jersey you may be eligible for ILR. In addition to continuing to meet the requirements set out for the extension application (above), you will need to pass an English Language Test and Knowledge of Life test about life in the UK and Jersey (Paragraph 230 Jersey Immigration Rules).
N.B. A continuous 5-year period in Jersey will be broken if the applicant has been absent from Jersey for more than 180 days in any year preceding the date of application for ILR (Paragraph 200A Jersey Immigration Rules).
STAGE 3 – After 12 months living with ILR status in Jersey, you may apply for naturalisation as a British citizen (Section 6(1), paragraph (2)(c) British Nationality Act 1981). In order to apply for British Citizenship you must not have been absent from the UK (which is defined as including Jersey) for more than 450 days in the preceding 5 year period and you must not be absent for more than 90 days in the preceding 12 months (Section 6(1), paragraph 2 (a) & (b) British Nationality Act 1981). You must also have passed the Knowledge of Life in the UK Test and have sufficient knowledge of the English language (Section 6(1), paragraph 1 (c) & (ca) British nationality Act 1981).
Travel to the UK
The UK, Channel Islands (which include Jersey), the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland collectively form the Common Travel Area (CTA). If you have been granted permission to enter Jersey, you will not require to apply for leave to enter another part of the CTA, you are therefore free to travel to the UK (Paragraph 15, Jersey Immigration Rules).
However, if you intend to attain ILR, you must not spend more than 180 days in any year outside of Jersey (Paragraph 200A Jersey Immigration Rules)
Once you have attained British citizenship you may live anywhere within the CTA.
- Application for entry clearance: £516 per person plus £55 document submission fee (TOTAL = £571)
- Priority Service for entry clearance application: £212 per person
- Super Priority Service for entry clearance application: £956 per person
(Schedule 10, Table 26 & 27 The Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2018)