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Immigration and Nationality legislation


The British Nationality Act 1981 extends directly to the Isle of Man. Powers conferred on the UK Secretary of State by the British Nationality Act 1981 may be exercised in the Isle of Man by the Lieutenant Governor. The Lieutenant Governors powers under this Act are delegated to nationality officers within the Passport, Immigration and Nationality Office which sits under the External Relations Division of Cabinet Office.
British Nationality Act 1981 (c.61)


The Immigration (Isle of Man) Order 2008 is an Order in Council made by the Privy Council. It extends to the Isle of Man relevant elements of United Kingdom immigration law including the Immigration Act 1971. It has been amended several times and links to the relevant documents are set out below.

The Immigration Act 1971 (of Parliament) provides the statutory framework law for immigration control. This Act (as extended to the Isle of Man) confers powers on the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man to exercise immigration control in the Island. The Lieutenant Governor’s powers are delegated to Isle of Man immigration officers by a Schedule of Delegated Authority.

Immigration Rules

Section 3(2) of the Immigration Act 1971 (as extended to the Isle of Man) grants the Council of Ministers power to make immigration rules to regulate the entry into and stay in the Isle of Man for people who are subject to immigration control. The Isle of Man immigration rules are substantially similar to the United Kingdom’s rules but not identical. The rules are updated and amended by a Statement of Changes which is laid before Tynwald.


Secondary legislation made under the Immigration Acts (as extended to the Island)

Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2017 (81/2017)

Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Order 2017 (80/2017)

Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2016 (64/2016)

Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Order 2016 (62/2016)  

Immigration (Control of Entry through Ireland) Order 2016 (49/2016)  

Immigration (Designation of Travel Bans) Order 2014 (327/2014)   

Reporting of Suspicious Civil Partnership Regulations 2012 (751/2012)  

Immigration Appeals (Family Visitor) Regulations 2012 (661/2012)  

Immigration (Form and Manner of Passenger Information) Direction 2011 (562/2011)   

Immigration Appeals (Specified States) (Amendment) Order 2010 (239/2010)  

Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2009 (635/2009)   

Immigration (European Economic Area)(Amendment) Regulations 2012 (0151-12)

Immigration (Restrictions on Employment) Order 2008 (186/2008)  

Reporting of Suspicious Marriages Regulations 2008 (185/2008)  

Immigration Appeals (Procedure) Rules (184/2008)  

Immigration (Procedure for Marriage) Regulations 2008 (183/2008)   

Immigration (Provisions of Physical Data) Regulations (182/2008)  

Immigration (Notices) Regulations 2008 (181/2008)   

Immigration Appeals (Specified States) Order 2008 (180/2008)  

Immigration Appeals (Family Visitor) Regulations 2008 (179/2008)   

Immigration (Certificate to Right of Abode in the IOM) Regulations 2008 (178/2008)  

Carriers’ Liability Regulations 2008 (177/2008)  

Immigration Control (Provision of Facilities at Ports) Order 2008 (176/2008)  

Immigration (Removal Directions) Regulations 2008 (175/2008)  

Immigration (Continuation of Leave) (Notices) Regulations 2008 (173/2008)  

Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) Order 2008 (172/2008)  

Immigration (Variation of Leave) Order 1997 (24/1997)

Immigration (Variation of Leave) (No 2) Order 1991 (244/1991)

Immigration (Variation of Leave) Order 1991 (27/1991)

Immigration (Registration with Police) (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Regulations 1991 (26/1991)

Immigration (Registration with Police) (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Regulations 1983 (76/1983)

Immigration (Exemption from Control) (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Order 1983 (64/1983)

Immigration (Hotel Records) (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Order 1982 (288/1982)

Immigration (Landing and Embarkation Cards) (Isle of Man) Order 1979

Immigration (Exemption from Control) (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Order 1979 (63/1979)

Immigration (Registration with Police) (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Regulations 1977 (27/1977)

Immigration (Registration with Police) (Isle of Man) Regulations 1972 (121/1972)

Immigration (Hotel Records) (Isle of Man) Order 1972 (115/1972)

Immigration (Revocation of Employment Restrictions) (Isle of Man) Order 1972 (113/1972)

Immigration (Exemption from Control) (Isle of Man) Order 1972 (112/1972)

Immigration (Places of Detention) (Isle of Man) Direction 1972 (109/1972)

Immigration (Ports of Entry) (Isle of Man) Order 1972 (107/1972)

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