The following people do not normally need permission from the Guernsey Border Agency to come to the island as residents or indeed to set up a business in the Bailiwick of Guernsey:

  • British citizens
  • Other nationals of Member States of the European Economic Area and Switzerland
  • Other nationals who have permanent settlement in the United Kingdom, Bailiwick of Jersey or the Isle of Man.

Any other person wishing to establish themselves in business in the Bailiwick must obtain an entry clearance (visa) prior to his/her arrival.

The entry clearance must be applied for through the British Consular representative in the person’s country of residence. This is usually initially done through an online process via the Home Office website. Discussions with the Locate Guernsey Team are recommended who will be able to provide advice and contacts on Island to aid the start of this process.

The same is true for what are called the Investor Immigration route and Entrepreneur Immigration routes into Guernsey. These programmes are available to non-EU passport holders who wish to live in Guernsey’s Open Market and can do so, either by investing in the island or by buying or establishing a business in the Island.

  • Investor Visa route – Applicant must have £1m available and under their control, with a requirement to invest £750,000 for the benefit of the Bailiwick of Guernsey
  • Entrepreneur Visa route – Requirement to invest £200,000 in a new or existing Guernsey company which the applicant will manage themselves

Investor Immigration

Who is this for?
Individuals who wish to live in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and are able to secure residency through making an investment into the Guernsey economy. For more information Investor Immigration please contact us.

Entrepreneur Immigration

Who is this for?
Individuals who wish to live in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and intend to take an active role in the running of a business in Guernsey.

How does it work?
The applicant must be able to show they have at least £200,000 in their name in a bank account and which they must be prepared to invest into an existing Guernsey business. Creating a new Guernsey business, again with a minimum £200,000, is also acceptable.

What else does the applicant need to show?
Locate Guernsey can provide the full wording of the rules, but the main criteria are that the individual has a good command of spoken English, or is a national of a majority English-speaking country. The applicant must also show that they will have at least a controlling or equal interest of the business and demonstrate the ‘economic’ win that the business will yield for Guernsey. The rules for creating
a business or buying into a business are slightly different; Locate Guernsey can outline more.

Where will they live?
Successful applicants will live in a property in Guernsey’s Open Market. Locate Guernsey can explain more about this part of the Island’s housing stock. It is acceptable to rent or to buy this property.

What does a successful application secure?
A permission granted by Guernsey’s Immigration Service allows the applicant and their dependents to live in Guernsey for two years, with, at that time, the option of applying for a further three years under the same scheme. At this point the £200,000 investment into the business will need to be evidenced to ‘unlock’ these additional years.

At the five year point, individuals may be eligible to apply for ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’ in Guernsey. Note that, if successful, this secures ongoing residency in
Guernsey, but not citizenship, which is a different matter.

How best to take this forward?
Make contact with Locate Guernsey who can provide guidance and advice about process and other aspects of the Entrepreneur Immigration programme. Applications must be made in the applicant’s country of residence.

The Immigration position for non-EU passport holders wishing to move to Alderney or Sark is somewhat different. On all Immigration matters, Locate Guernsey is well placed to assist.

Download the Entrepreneur and Investor Immigration Fact Sheet.