Immigration

Information Notice - 2 February 2024

The Immigration Service is receiving high volumes of applications, email enquiries, telephone calls and customers at our public counter. We have over 800 applications at 2 February 2024, currently taking up 55 working days to process. Immigration Officers also deal with training, enforcement activities and border functions taking them away from the office.

There may be a delay in answering telephone calls and emails during this busy period. Our Officers will endeavour to provide a response to your email within 10 working days, and more complex enquiries within 20 working days. This may not always be possible. In the meantime, you may find the information on our webpages helpful to answer your query.

Ukraine Visas and Immigration

On 3 May 2022, new Immigration Rules came into operation which formally set out the Island's Ukraine Scheme immigration routes under the new Appendix U: Ukraine Scheme. 

There are currently two routes for those affected by the conflict in Ukraine:  the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme and the Ukraine Extension Scheme.

Closure of Isle of Man Immigration seasonal worker route

Notice is given that from 9 November 2023 the 'Worker (Seasonal) Migrant' route has closed to new applicants.

This route was introduced in 2022 as a temporary route. It has been closed for a full review of the need for such a route, the requirements, its application and effectiveness.

All other Visa routes, including Worker Migrant, remain unaffected and operational.

Any Worker (Seasonal) Migrant visa applications made prior to 9 November 2023 will continue to be assessed as normal.

All Worker (Seasonal) Migrant visas that have already been issued will continue to be valid until their expiry date, and all existing conditions placed on them remain in place.

Anyone considering applying for a Worker (Seasonal) Migrant confirmation of Employment or Visa is encouraged to look at the requirements of the Worker Migrant route as an alternative.

At this time Ukraine Family Scheme Visa applications are being given priority. This may cause an increase in processing times for all other types of visa application.

Work

The Worker Migrant, Worker (Intra Company Transfer) Migrant and Worker (Seasonal) Migrant routes enable Isle of Man employers to employ non-settled workers to fill full time genuine vacancies on the Isle of Man that cannot be filled by a Settled Worker. The Work pages contain guidance for workers and employers along with the links to apply for these visas.

Visit

For those who want to visit the Isle of Man for a temporary period, (usually for up to 6 months), for purposes such as tourism, visiting friends or family, carrying out a business activity, or undertaking a short course of study. The visit page contains further information including for those seeking to come to the Isle of Man to marry or form a civil partnership.

Business/ Invest

The current Business Migrant routes are Start-up and Innovator. These routes are for a person coming to the Isle of Man for business related reasons. The Isle of Man's Tier 1 routes; Investor, Entrepreneur & Graduate Engineer are now closed to new applications.

Settle

There are 5 routes you can apply under if you would like to settle in the Isle of Man: Entry clearance as a spouse or civil partner, Entry clearance as a family member, Spouse/Proposed Fiancé (6 months) Visa, Relative who'll provide long-term care for you, or Isle of Man/UK Ancestry.

Study

Study visas include our student routes and are for those wishing to study in the Isle of Man. Please see here for information on our Tier 4 (General) Student & Tier 4 (Child) Student visas along with Sponsor Licenses and Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS).

EU, EEA & Swiss

On 31 December 2020 free movement for European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss citizens ended and as such citizens of those countries who wish to live, work, settle or study in the Isle of Man fall within immigration control and will require an appropriate immigration status (visa). Please see here for information on the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

Travel information

Please refer to this webpage if you have queries about travelling with an Isle of Man Immigration Status (a visa) within the UK or Common Travel Area. 

Visa forms & fees

These forms are for people already in the Isle of Man who wish to extend their stay. To apply for Entry Clearance visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Important information

The processing times for visa applications are estimates only. The processing of your application could be subject to processes and timescales of third parties over which we may have no control. The Treasury strongly advises against the booking of travel before an individual receives their grant of leave. The Treasury accepts no responsibility for travel booked by applicants that cannot be fulfilled due to their visa application not being considered before they are due to travel.

The Treasury recommends that you do not purchase tickets or make bookings which cannot be cancelled, prior to the issuance of a visa, except where it is a specific requirement stated as part of the visa application, in which case open tickets should be obtained.

The Isle of Man Immigration Service are regulators for immigration services in the Isle of Man. Accordingly, its officers are unable to give advice on immigration matters as this could result in a conflict of interest when considering an application which might be made.

The information contained within this immigration website is intended as a general guide only and should not be taken as immigration advice.

It is the responsibility of any person making an application for entry clearance or to vary their leave to satisfy themselves that they meet the requirements for the category to which they are applying before making such an application. The Isle of Man Immigration Service strongly recommends each applicant seeks their own independent legal advice from a person qualified to give immigration advice.

Information on Isle of Man Advocates who specialise in immigration law can be found on the Isle of Man Law Society website.