The current temporary Immigration category for construction workers is for a 1 year period. This can be renewed on a yearly basis for up to 4 years based on the longevity of the planned project.
It was within the Work Permit Policy to allow construction workers to bring their dependants after the first year however with immediate effect they will no longer be allowed to do this. The work permit policy (below) has been updated to reflect this amendment which now aligns with other temporary work permit categories as these routes do not lead to settlement.
Any dependant visa applications received for temporary workers will be refused. For those dependants who may already be in the island, their visas will not be extended beyond their current visa permissions and will need to make arrangements to leave on or before the expiry of their visas. We believe that no applications have been approved for construction worker dependants.
Temporary employment routes are an exception to the CTA standards which are justified to the United Kingdom by setting stringent rules on such migrants who would not otherwise be allowed a visa to come and work in the CTA. The work permit policy is regularly reviewed to ensure that our processes are robust and open to scrutiny from the United Kingdom. Removing the ability for temporary workers to bring their dependants to the island reduces the risk of non-compliance of the work permit policy and immigration rules.
This email update has been sent to representatives of the Construction, Hospitality and Agriculture sectors who employ temporary work permit holders. Please feel free to forward this email to relevant business who employ temporary construction workers under work permit conditions.
Should you have any comments then in the first instance please respond by return email marking it for the attention of either Acting Director Luke Goddard, Senior Manager Andrew Allan or myself.
Government of Jersey