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 Minister for the Cabinet Office of the Isle of Man to exercise immigration control in the Island. Under the Government Department Act 1987 the Minister is able to authorise Immigration Officers to carry out his functions under the Immigration Acts.
Section 3(2) of the Immigration Act 1971 (as extended to the Isle of Man) grants the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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.
- Immigration (Isle of Man)(Amendment) Order 2019 (S.I 2019/562)
- Immigration (Isle of Man) (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2016 (S.I. 2016/755)
- Immigration (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Order 2016 (S.I. 2016/156)
- Immigration (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/1765)
- Immigration (Isle of Man) (Amendment) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/1408)
- Immigration (Isle of Man) Order 2008 (S.I. 2008/680)
A consolidated text of the UK immigration primary legislation that has been extended to the Isle of Man can be found below. This document has been created by the Isle of Man Passport, Immigration and Nationality Office to assist persons wishing to come to the Isle of Man and other readers. The information is provided for guidance only and the Office accepts no liability for the document's completeness and accuracy. Original legislation should always be consulted for legal purposes.