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Benefits and Services
New residents will find that certain public services and benefits are not immediately available to them on arrival. For example, public authority housing is restricted to those with at least ten years' residence on the Island; five years' residence is required to qualify for Income Support and six months for Family Income Supplement.
Driving and Vehicle Licences
New residents must obtain an Isle of Man driving licence. Persons holding current driving licences issued in the UK, EU, Channel Islands and certain other countries can obtain an Isle of Man driving licence by presenting their existing driving licence to the Vehicle Licensing Office, Department of Infrastructure’s Licensing Office, Sea Terminal Building, Douglas.
However, persons holding driving licences other than those issued in the UK and Channel Islands may have to take a driving test and should contact the Vehicle Licensing Office to establish whether this will be necessary.
United Kingdom and foreign registered motor vehicles must be re-registered as soon as possible after the owner takes up residence. In order to comply with this requirement, persons should attend the Vehicle Licensing Office, Department of Transport’s Licensing Office, Sea Terminal Building, Douglas. It will be necessary for owners of UK registered motor vehicles to present the following documents:
These certificates can be obtained by contacting the Vehicle Testing Centre, Tromode, Douglas. Telephone: +44 (0)1624 627431.
Persons wishing to re-register foreign vehicles (i.e. from outside the United Kingdom) or with commercial and other types of vehicle should contact the Vehicle Licensing Office to enquire about additional registration requirements.
Further information can be obtain on the Highways Division Website or you may contact Vehicle Licensing Office, Department of Transport’s Licensing Office, Sea Terminal Building, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 2RF. Telephone: 01624 686836.
Whilst there are no special restrictions on access to the Island (other than those under the Immigration Act which apply equally in the United Kingdom) the ability of newcomers to take up work is governed by the Control of Employment Acts which require anyone who is not an 'Isle of Man worker' to have a work permit before starting employment or self-employment in the Island. (There is a certain limited number of occupations for which permits are not required, e.g. doctors, dentists, ministers of religion or the police).
Qualification as an 'Isle of Man worker' includes being born on the Island, resident for at least five years, married to an 'Isle of Man worker', having received full-time education during residence (and having remained on the Island thereafter) or having a Manx-born parent who has spent the first five years of their life on the Island. Full details are given in the Department of Economic Development web site.
As soon as possible after arriving in the Isle of Man, new residents should contact the Assessor of Income Tax so that appropriate returns and any advice on income tax liability can be issued.
For further information please contact the Income Tax Division, The Treasury, Government Office, Buck's Road, Douglas. Telephone: +44 (0) 1624 685400.
Forms are sent to all households annually in June and at that time your details should be entered and returned to the Treasury, Voters Registration Unit, for inclusion on the electoral roll.
For further information, please contact the Voters Section, Economic Affairs Division, The Treasury, Illiam Dhone House, 2 Circular Road, Douglas, IMI IPQ. Telephone: +44 (0)1624 685754.
Upon becoming the owner or occupier of a property on the Island, new residents should contact the Rating Section of the Treasury so that its records can be updated. The rating year commences on the 1st April each year.
For further information, please contact the Rating Section, Valuation Office, Illiam Dhone House, 1st Floor, 2 Circular Road, Douglas, IM1 1PH. Telephone: +44 (0)1624 685661.
Public Sector Housing
Both Central Government, through its Department of Local Government and the Environment, and several of the district local authorities, including Douglas, hold and control a sizeable stock of public sector housing. However, Government policy encourages home ownership and emphasis is placed on mortgage assistance for first-time buyer homes in the freehold market whilst continuing the construction of state-owned premises, where appropriate, currently including the provision of housing for the elderly.
Immigration legislation on the Isle of Man is similar to that in the United Kingdom and applies to nearly everyone who is not a British Citizen or who does not have the right of abode in the United Kingdom, although Irish citizens and EEA citizens exercising Treaty rights are exempt from many provisions.
If you are not a British citizen you should contact your nearest British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate, who will be able to establish your immigration status and advise you on the procedure you will need to adopt to enter the Island. It may be that you will need an entry clearance before you travel and if so you should apply in good time.