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Worker Migrant Visa

Isle of Man Worker Migrant visa

Overview

You can apply for an Isle of Man Worker Migrant visa if:

  • you’ve been offered a skilled job in the Isle of Man
  • you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland

Eligibility

You need to be employed by an Isle of Man employer to apply to live and work in the Isle of Man.

The Isle of Man Employer checks that you can do the job they’re hiring you for and if it qualifies you for a visa.

They must also give you other information you need when you apply, for example:

  • how much you’ll be paid
  • what your job duties will be
  • how long you will be employed for

An Isle of Man employer can apply for a Confirmation of Employment (CoE) by completing the 1 page application on our website and sending it to the Isle of Man Immigration Service for consideration.

Provided the application is successful the CoE will be issued to the prospective Worker Migrant. There is no application fee for this process.

When applying for a CoE, the Isle of Man Employer will continue to have to demonstrate they have met the Resident Labour Market Test. 

An Isle of Man Employer must apply for a CoE in the following circumstances:

  • they wish to recruit a non-EEA national under the Isle of Man Worker Migrant route who is based overseas
  • a non-EEA national they already employ is required to apply to vary their leave in the Isle of Man under the Worker Migrant route (even if the applicant’s most recent valid visa was a Tier 2 visa)
  • there is a change in employment circumstances for the Migrant Worker (even if the most recent valid visa is a Tier 2 visa)

How long it will take

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you’re due to start work in the Isle of Man. This date is listed on your CoE.

Once your application is received by the Isle of Man Immigration Service, a decision will be made within 3 weeks which will then be relayed to you via the UK Visas and Immigration service.

Fees

You can find information on our visa application fees.

People coming to work in the Isle of Man do not pay the healthcare surcharge nor do they get a Biometric Resident Card.

How long you can stay

Entry clearance if approved, is granted for an initial maximum period of 3 years and 14 days.

You can start your stay up to 14 days before the start date on your confirmation of employment.

Example

Your start date is 15 July - the earliest you can start your stay is 1 July

You can apply to extend this visa for up to another 3 years, as long as your total stay is not more than 6 years.

What you can and can’t do

You can:

  • work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship
  • do a second job in certain circumstances
  • do voluntary work
  • study as long as it doesn’t interfere with the job you’re sponsored for
  • travel abroad and return to the UK
  • bring family members with you 

You can’t:

  • be self-employed or in a position akin to self-employment
  • get public funds
  • apply for a second job until you’ve started working for your sponsor

Apply

Complete an application for entry clearance to the Isle of Man on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Read the guidance notes before applying.

 



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