This section explains how people without St Helenian status can enter or remain in St Helena as the partners, children and elderly dependant relatives of persons who hold St Helenian status or immigrants who are already in St. Helena or are coming to St Helena in a particular immigration catergory.

Family members of a person with St Helenian status
Find out how you can come to St Helena if you are the dependant partner, child or elderly relative of person with St Helenian status or someone who is settled or settling here.

Spouse or Life Partner
If you have been married or in a life partnership for at least three months with your spouse or life partner who holds St Helenian status you can apply for a Certificate of Exemption from Entry Permit and Work Permit requirements. After three years, you can apply for St Helenian status.

Spouse or Life Partner – less than three months
If you have been married or in a life partnership for less than three months with your spouse or life partner of St Helenian status you can apply for a Short-Term Entry Permit or Long Term Entry Permit and then apply to ‘switch’ into the category of spouse or life partner after 3 months.

Fiance(e)s
If you are planning to get married in St Helena soon after you arrive, and have been in a life partnership akin to marriage for three months or more you can apply for a Certificate of Exemption. If you have been in a life partnership for less than three months you should apply for a Short Term Entry Permit or Long Term Entry Permit and then apply to ‘switch’ into the category of spouse or life partner once you have been living as spouses or life partners for three months or more.

• Children
Children of one or more parents with St Helena status, including adopted children, can settle in St Helena provided they also have St Helenian status. See section on St Helenian Status. In cases where a child doesn’t have St Helenian status they may be added to an application for a Certificate of Exemption.

• Elderly dependent relatives,
Parents and grandparents, and other dependent relatives of a person with St Helenian status may apply for a Short Term Entry Permit or Long Term Entry Permit.

Family members of migrant workers
Dependants of migrants who have temporary (limited) permission to stay in St Helena must meet the entry requirements and apply for a Short Term Entry Permit or Long Term Entry Permit in their own right. If dependants wish to work they must also fulfill the requirements of one of the work based categories.

Dependants of persons who are in employment by the St Helena Government or are providing goods or services to St Helena Government may be exempt from the requirement to obtain an Entry Permit but must fulfill the requirements of one of the work based categories if they wish to work while in St Helena.

Exemptions
Family members are exempt from Entry Permit requirements if they are:

a) a dependant of a person who has St Helenian status.

b) a dependant of a person in employment with the St Helena Government (the Crown)

c) a dependant of a person in employment with a contractor providing goods or services to the St Helena Government (the Crown) and the contracting organisation has successfully applied for exemption from the Requirement for an Entry Permit.

Note: A person who is exempt from Entry Permit requirements is not necessarily exempt from permission to work requirements. Generally, dependants of St Helenians are exempt from permission to work requirements but dependants of migrants are not and must apply for permission to work under one of the work based categories.

 

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    • The only type of marriage that can be solemnized in St Helena is one between a man and a woman. The legislature of St Helena is considering whether marriage should be opened to couples regardless of their gender. There is a Bill in circulation that if passed, then will allow same-sex marriage on St Helena. This matter will go out for community consultation quite soon which will in turn inform the voting process of the elected members.

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