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Work Permits for Gibraltar

 

Working Permits for Gibraltar

The only people allowed to live and work in Gibraltarwithout a residence permit or a work permit are Gibraltarians and some EEA nationals. Nationals from other EU member states can be issued with a work permit for Gibraltar if they can get a company to agree to take them on, but they will only be issued if the employer can prove that no Gibraltarian or EU citizen is able, or willing, to do the job.

Persons who are non-entitled to a work permit in Gibraltar (e.g. non-EEA nationals. See notes below) will require the prospective employer to request the issue of a work permit before commencement of employment.

Members of the EEA are - AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, DENMARK, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, GREAT BRITAIN, GREECE, IRELAND, ITALY, LICHTENSTEIN, LUXEMBURG, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, CYPRUS, LITHUANIA, MALTA

Under present legislation, nationals of the following EEA member states require a work permit for employment in Gibraltar until 30th April 2009: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Nationals of the 'New' EEA member states, Bulgaria and Romania, will require a work permit for employment in Gibraltar until 31 December 2011.

However, when a citizen of any of the above countries has worked in Gibraltar with a work permit for an uninterrupted period of 12 months or longer, they shall no longer require a work permit in order to secure employment in Gibraltar.

Swiss nationals do not require a work permit for employment in Gibraltar.

Surprisingly, marriage to a Gibraltarian does not automatically grant the right to a residence permit. Under current law a non-Gibraltarian man married to a woman from Gibraltar receives a residence permit as part of the package. Non-Gibraltarian women marrying local men will have to apply for a permit. But this is theory, in practice a wife receives permission to remain on The Rock as long as her husband is living there.

 

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