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Immigration in the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is an internally self-governing dependency of the British Crown; Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State. As a British Crown Dependency, the Isle of Man is entitled to, and uses the services of the British Embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. One of the services provided by the British Embassies is to act as agents in terms of handling initial visa applications submitted for the Isle of Man.

Isle of Man, the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands (Bailiwick of Guernsey/Bailiwick of Jersey) and the Republic of Ireland collectively form a common travel area (CTA). This means that an applicant who has entered the common travel area and who has been examined for the purpose of immigration control (for example in the UK) does not require leave to enter any other part of the common travel area. Simply, travel between the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom is an internal domestic journey and there is no separate immigration or other control. However certain persons subject to the Immigration (Control of Entry through the Republic of Ireland) Order 1972 (as amended) who enter the Isle of Man through the Republic of Ireland do require leave to enter.

Isle of Man has its own Immigration Rules   

The United Kingdom’s Immigration Rules are extended to the Isle of Man, whereby the Isle of Man makes modifications. Such modifications are whereby the Secretary of State is amended to read Lieutenant Governor (of the Isle of Man); and where the UK rules states UK … businesses, companies, colleges etc, this would be amended to read Isle of Man…. businesses, companies, colleges.  

Council of Ministers has the responsibility for making the Isle of Man immigration rules for regulating the entry into and the stay of persons in the Isle of Man, as contained within the statement laid before Tynwald on 17 May 2005, as amended. They are based on and generally similar to the United Kingdom’s immigration rules with certain exceptions. 

The IOM Immigration rules align closely with the UK rules in order to ensure the integrity of the CTA and allowing travel between the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom to be treated as an internal domestic journey, and therefore no requirement for separate immigration or other control.

Isle of Man has its own Immigration Service

The immigration service manages visa applications from people seeking to come to the Isle of Man or to vary their leave to remain in the Island.  Whilst the Isle of Man has its own Immigration Service, one of the services provided by the British Embassies is to act as agents in terms of handling initial visa applications submitted for the Isle of Man. This means that applicants who wish to come to the Isle of Man must complete their visa application online at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration.



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