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An overview of Immigration in the Isle of Man

UK Immigration Rules are extended to the Isle of Man for regulating the entry into and the stay of persons in the Isle of Man and contained within the statement laid before Tynwald on 17th May 2005.  The powers conferred on the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man by the Immigration Act 1971 (as extended to the Isle of Man), the British Nationality Act 1981 and all other enabling powers are delegated in the form of a Schedule of Delegated Authority. The Isle of Man has its own Immigration Rules.

Whilst the Isle of Man has its own Immigration Rules, the United Kingdom represents the Isle of Man’s interest in Diplomatic and Foreign Affairs. British Embassies overseas accept and process visa applications for the Isle of Man and other Crown Dependencies (CDs), referring the applications to the Islands’ Entry Clearance Officers to determine a decision. 

Applications for entry clearance to the Isle of Man are completed on UK Border Agency (UKBA) application forms. There is a link on the Isle of Man Immigration website for those persons interested in the Isle of Man to check if they require a visa, noting that if they need a visa for the United Kingdom they will need a visa for the Isle of Man.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they select the correct entry clearance type/category for their intended purpose.  Many applicants engage the services of their local Immigration Advisors. 

The Cabinet Office, External Relations Division, Passport, Immigration & Nationality Services are the REGULATORS for Immigration Services. The office and its officers are not advisors in immigration matters as this could result in a conflict of interest at a later date.  Foreign Nationals wishing to apply for a visa for the Isle of Man should apply online via their nearest British Embassy or High Commission. Local immigration advisors can be engaged for those requiring assistance with visa applications. 

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