Immigrating to the Isle of ManLearn more about applying for visas, immigration processes, and settlement to the Isle of Man.
The Isle of Man is a Crown Dependency and as such, is entitled to, and uses the services of British Embassies, Visa Application Centres and other diplomatic offices around the world for immigration. Applicants must apply online from their country of residence for Entry Clearance to the Isle of Man. Whilst immigration rules are very similar to the UK, they are not identical, so it is important that you understand the process.
Common Travel Area
The Isle of Man, United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland collectively form a common travel area. This means that an applicant who has entered the common travel area and who has been through immigration does not require ‘leave to enter’ any other part of the common travel area.
To put this simply, travel between the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom is an internal domestic journey, so there is no separate immigration needed.
Visas to work in the Isle of Man
There are many types of Visas that allow you to work in the Isle of Man. Each visa has different criteria for acquirement:
Isle of Man Worker Migrant Visa: For individuals from outside the EEA who have been offered a skilled job in the Isle of Man.
This visa allows you to live and work in the Isle of Man and can be applied for after your employment has been confirmed by an Isle of Man employer. This visa allows your family members to apply for a visa and join you in the Isle of Man, and it allows you to travel abroad and return to the UK. This visa lasts an initial maximum of 3 years and 14 days, and there is an opportunity to extend it for a further 3 years.
Intra-Company Migrant Visa: For individuals whose current employer is transferring them to their Isle of Man branch.
The Isle of Man Worker Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Migrant Visa allows multinational employers to transfer their existing employees from outside the EEA to their Isle of Man branch for training purposes or to fill a specific vacancy for up to a maximum of 5 years. Your dependents may apply using the same visa criteria, and applicants are not required to meet the English language requirements.
Tier 5 - Temporary Workers: For certain temporary workers whose entry helps satisfy cultural, charitable, religious or international objectives.
The Tier 5 Temporary Workers Visa is only applicable for certain types of temporary workers, including creative and sporting, religious, charity workers, volunteers and those who are job shadowing.
If you are from outside the EEA and you have been offered work in the UK as a sports person or creative worker, such as an actor or dancer, you must apply for this visa and you will require a certificate of sponsorship.
This visa is for 12 or 24 months depending on the scheme you are applying for. This visa allows your family members to apply for a visa and join you in the Isle of Man.
Tier 5 - Youth Mobility Scheme (Temporary Migrants): For young adults from certain countries who would like to live and work in UK for up to 2 years.
You can apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Visa if you're aged 18 to 30 and you're from:
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
- Republic of Korea
- British overseas citizen
- British overseas territories citizen
- British national (overseas)
You are NOT entitled to bring dependants or family members on this visa
To learn more about Isle of Man Worker Migrant Visa, Isle of Man Worker ICT Migrant Visa, Tier 5- Temporary Workers, and Tier 5- Youth Mobility Scheme (Temporary Migrants) visit the Isle of Man government website here.
Tier 1 - Investor: For high net worth individuals making a substantial financial investment to the Isle of Man.
The Tier 1 (Investor) visa allows individuals who have at least £2,000,000 in investment funds to stay in the Isle of Man for up to 3 years and 4 months with options to extend or settle. This visa allows your family members to apply for a visa and join you in the Isle of Man. You may also work or study, however there are some restrictions on the types of qualifying investment you can make.
Business Migrant – Start-up
This sub-category is for individuals seeking to establish a business in the Isle of Man for the first time. Migrants will have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea.
This category offers leave for 2 years and 4 months only. This category does not lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain.
Migrants may progress into the Innovator sub-category.
Business Migrant – Innovator
This sub-category is for individuals with business experience seeking to establish, join or take over one or more businesses in the Isle of Man.
Migrants seeking to establish a business in the Isle of Man will have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea. With some exceptions, Migrants will require a minimum of £50,000 to invest in the business.
This category may lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain. You should also refer to the latest Immigration rules when preparing your application.
Both Business Migrant routes have a two stage application process. A migrant wishing to enter the Island under either route must first obtain endorsement from the Department for Enterprise.
An application for endorsement will require the Migrant to provide detailed information, including the submission of a comprehensive business plan.
The Department will determine if the proposed business venture will benefit the Isle of Man, assess the source of funds, and monitor the progress of the business venture.
The full details of the Department’s Endorsement Policy are available by clicking here.
If the Department is satisfied that the Migrant meets the requirements of the Endorsement Policy, a Letter of Endorsement will be issued to the Migrant, enabling them to progress with their visa application.
An online application form will shortly be available, in the meantime you can contact the Locate team to discuss your business proposals in the first instance and they can provide you with the application form by e-mail if you wish to proceed.
To learn more about the Tier 1 Visas, click HERE.
Spousal/Civil Partner Visa: For individuals looking to settle with their partner who is a British citizen or have settled status in the Isle of Man or UK.
This visa will be granted to those who whose partner is a British citizen or have settled status in the Isle of Man or UK (they have 'indefinite leave to remain' or proof of permanent residence). Both parties need to be over 18 years of age and must fulfil certain requirements (financial requirement, proof of relationship, English language, et al). You are entitled to work on this visa.
*Dependent children may come to the Island on a ‘Family Visa’.
Ancestry Visa: For commonwealth citizens and those who have at least one grandparent who was born in the UK.
The Ancestry Visa allows individuals with an ancestral tie to the UK to live and work in the UK for up to five years. This visa allows your family members to apply for a visa and join you in the Isle of Man.
Anyone who is not classed as an Isle of Man worker requires a work permit to take up employment (including self-employment) in the Isle of Man.
If you are uncertain if you need a work permit, please click HERE.
Applying for a Visa Online
The Isle of Man uses the online services of the British Embassy for application of a visa, which is quick and easy to follow. Don't forget applicants must apply online from their country of residence for Entry Clearance for the Isle of Man.
If you've enjoyed your time on the Island and would like to extend your stay, you will have to complete the relevant application for leave to remain to the Isle of Man Immigration Office this must include the full appropriate fee. You can find all of the applications forms and fees here.
Which Visa do you need?
Click through to the button that applies to you and discover which visa you will be eligible for and how to apply for it.
You can also use this handy tool to check if you need a visa to come to the Isle of Man.
Immigration can seem overwhelming, but we are here to help! Contact a member of our Locate team to discuss your options.