The Isle of Man’s Department of Economic Development operates and enforces a work permit system under the Control of Employment Act. The system allows employers to employ individuals who are not Isle of Man workers, provided that there are no suitable Isle of Man workers available to fill those specific roles.
An application for a permit is made by an employer to employ an individual to carry out a particular role or else by a self-employed person. In each case, where successful, the permit will be granted for a set period. Where necessary, an application for renewal of a permit can also be made.
Persons who are not nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) require a work permit granted under the terms of the Overseas Labour Scheme.
There are certain categories of worker, eg doctors, dentists, ministers of religion and members of the Isle of Man Constabulary, who do not require a work permit.
It is an offence for a non Manx worker to work in the Isle of Man without a work permit, unless that person is a member of one of the exempt groups. If you have any enquiries regarding work permits and whether you or your dependents require one, please contact: