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Temporary Work Permit system to be relaxed

Mon, 06 Apr 2020

The Department for Enterprise has announced a number of measures to temporarily relax the work permit system during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • All existing work permits automatically extended by 6 months;
  • All work permit  holders and workers  engaged in employment which is exempt from the requirement for a work permit (e.g. ICT, doctors, teachers)  may change their  job without requiring a work permit (though this doesn’t apply to people with certain unspent criminal convictions etc.); and
  • Employers’ usual duty to provide certain information about exempt employments is suspended.

These measures apply to anyone who was or is in employment from 28th February until 16th April. Combined they have the effect of allowing anyone who was previously in employment on the Island from 28th February onwards to immediately take up any offer of employment and the employer does not have to notify the Department nor seek a work permit.

For more information on work permits, please contact the team at       


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