English language requirement

When applying for either entry clearance to the Isle of Man or to vary their leave in the Isle of Man, applicants must demonstrate a certain level of English language ability. An applicant will automatically meet the English language requirement if they fall into one of the categories below:

CategorySpecifications
Valid degree

You have a valid degree that:

  • was awarded by a university in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or Channel Islands, or one of the English majority speaking countries listed in below (except Canada) or

  • was not awarded from a university in one of these countries, but it was taught or researched in English and is recognised by UK Ecctis as being equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree or higher you’ll need to send a certificate from UK Ecctis confirming this when you apply
Majority English speaking country

You are a national of a majority English speaking country on the following list:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA
Doctor, dentist, nurse or midwife Worker Migrant

You are a Worker Migrant who will be employed as a doctor, dentist, nurse or midwife, and have passed an English language assessment which is accepted by the relevant regulated professional body as a requirement for registration.

Recognised Secure English Language Test (SELT)

You hold a recognised Secure English Language Test (SELT) taken at a Home Office approved English test centre. Please see the Gov.Uk webpage linked in the top right of this page for further information on approved tests and providers. The below table summarises the level of test required for the different routes. Where two or more components of an English Language test are examined and awarded together, the required scores must be achieved in all relevant components during a single sitting, unless you were exempt from sitting a component on the basis of a disability. You must provide your unique reference number for your test along with your visa application.

The tables below summarise the level of test required for the different types of routes.

Entry Clearance Applications Only

Visa CategoryLevel of English & skills to be demonstratedTest ProviderTests must be booked online at an approved test centre in the country you make your application from
Worker Migrant B1 in speaking, listening, reading and writing
Worker Migrant Health and Care visa B1 in speaking, listening, reading and writing

Business Migrant – Start Up

B2 in speaking listening reading and writing

Business Migrant - Innovator

B2 in speaking listening reading and writing
Join Family visa (Spouse, Partner, Child)
Non Points Based Routes Appendix FM

A1 in speaking & listening
Representative of an Overseas Business
A1 speaking and listening

 

Further Leave to Remain Applications Only

Visa CategoryLevel of English & skills to be demonstratedTest ProviderTests must be booked online through the provider of your own choice.
Do not contact the test centre directly.

Worker Migrant

B1 in speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • IELTS SELT Consortium – This test is sat at University College Isle of Man
  • LanguageCert – This test is sat at University College Isle of Man
  • Pearson – This test is sat at MPES, 41-45 Duke Street, Douglas, Isle of Man

Worker Migrant Health Care Visa

B1 in speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • IELTS SELT Consortium – This test is sat at University College Isle of Man
  • LanguageCert – This test is sat at University College Isle of Man
  • Pearson – This test is sat at MPES, 41-45 Duke Street, Douglas, Isle of Man
 

Business Migrant – Start Up

B2 in speaking, listening, reading and writing

Business Migrant - Innovator

B2 in speaking listening, reading and writing
 
Appendix FM settlement Visas:- Family life as a partner of a settled person (Spouse/Partner)- Family life as a parent (Parent of a Dependant)
A2 in speaking & listening
  • IELTS SELT Consortium – This test is sat at University College Isle of Man
  • LanguageCert – This test is sat at University College Isle of Man
  • Pearson – This test is sat at MPES, 41-45 Duke Street, Douglas, Isle of Man
 

 

Settlement & Citizenship

Visa CategoryLevel of English & skills to be demonstratedTest Provider
Indefinite Leave to Remain — ILR (Settlement/Permanent Residency) B1 Speaking and listening
  • IELTS SELT Consortium – Test is booked online and sat at University College Isle of Man
  • LanguageCert - Test is booked online and sat at University College Isle of Man
  • Pearson - Test is booked online and sat at MPES, 41-45 Duke Street, Douglas, Isle of Man
British Citizenship (Naturalisation) B1 Speaking and listening

Knowledge of Life and Language in the Islands test

In addition to meeting the English language requirement, most settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) applicants, and all those applying to naturalise as a British citizen, must pass the life in the UK and Island test. To book the test at the Isle of Man College you can apply to take the test in by visiting the University College Isle of Man website.

All applicants will be tested on information contained in the official UK handbook which can be purchased by clicking on this link here - Official handbook for the Life in the UK Test

Those taking their test in the Isle of Man must also answer 5 questions in respect of the Isle of Man. Applicants can download the life in the Isle of Man supplement free of charge here - Life in the Isle of Man free supplement 

Exemptions

Some visa routes offer exemptions from the English requirement if you're over 65, under 18 or you have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from meeting the requirement. Check the immigration rules for more detail