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Jersey's government to relax rules on work permits for non-EU citizens to help the island's agriculture industry

130 seasonal permits will be made available to workers from outside the European Economic Area. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Jersey's government is to relax its rules on work permits for non-EU citizens to help the island's agriculture industry.

130 seasonal permits will be made available to workers from outside the European Economic Area, after calls from local farmers.

They will be valid for seven months, with workers required to leave Jersey for at least 3 months before they can return.

The Jersey Farmers Union have put forward a detailed and well-researched case setting out the difficulties the industry has faced in sourcing labour from within the EU and EEA. This has been supported by representations from other employers within the agricultural sector.

In view of these current challenges, I am satisfied that it is necessary to make 130 work permits available in order to help ensure our farmers and growers can employ sufficient staff for the coming season.

– Constable Len Norman