Social Security in Jersey and Guernsey guide. The Isle of Man, jersey and Guernsey are self-governing possessions of the Crown. Gibraltar is silently different and is not completely self-governed. They are all classed as dependencies of the United Kingdom meaning they are not members of the Commonwealth of Nations.
United Kingdom (U.K.) national insurance numbers are not valid in these areas. If you move to the U.K. from any of these British Overseas Territories, you will need to register for new tax system over there. Only channel island national insurance numbers issued before 1975 are validated and recognized for U.K. use.
National Insurance numbers (NIN) equivalent in Channel Islands are called Social Security Numbers. They are formatted exactly the same way as a United Kingdom NIN, however they have different pre-fixes. Jersey NIN has the pre-fix of JY and Guernsey NIN has a pre-fix of GY. Numbers with this pre-fix is not valid for use in the U.K. unless it was first used in the U.K. before 6 April 1975.
How to apply for a Jersey Social Security Number
If you wish to work in Jersey you will need to apply for a registration card. Registration cards replaced social security cards. To apply for a registration card you need call the population office. The contact telephone number is 01534 445505 and is open Monday to Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.
The registered cards will bear the holders name, social security number, residential and employment status and cards expiry date. Cost of registration card is free if you’re “entitled” or “entitled for work”, otherwise your card will cost £80.00 if you are “licensed” or “registered”. The below is the different groups of these categories;
- Born in jersey.
- Not born in jersey and moved here after age 16. Do not have “Entitled” parent. Lived in Jersey for a continuous period of 10 years immediately before apply for a card
- Not born in jersey and moved here before age 20. Have an “Entitled” parent. Lived in Jersey for a total combined period of 10 years, starting before the age of 20 and complete before the age of 40.
- Not born in jersey and moved here before age 16. Lived in Jersey for a continuous period of 10 years immediately before apply for a card
Entitled for work
- Lived in Jersey for a continuous period of five years immediately before applying.
- Spouse or civil partner of someone “Entitled”, “entitled for work” or “Licensed”.
- “Essential employee” employed by the states of Jersey or a local business is allowed to employ “Licensed” people.
- None of the categories above apply (usually if you’ve been here less than five years, you work seasonally, or have been away for periods of time)
How to apply for a Guernsey Social Security Number
If you have recently returned or are new to Guernsey you will need to register with social security. Paying contributions insures protection and payments entitles you to claim various benefits. You can either register in person or by post.
If you are applying in person you must download, then complete a registration form and bring it in to Edward T. Wheadon House, Le Truchot, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3WH. You are also able to find the forms when you arrive at the location.
Alternatively you can apply via post. This is method is similar to the others. Instead of taking the application to the office, you must post your registration form to: Social Security, Edward T. Wheadon House, Le Truchot, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3WH.
If you are self-employed you will also need to complete forms ‘application to pay earnings related contributions’ for both application methods.
If you are non-employed or over pension age you will also need to complete forms ‘application to pay income related contributions’.