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COVID-19 Customer Information Notice – Office Reopening

The Passport, Immigration & Nationality Public Counters will open from 09:30am on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

If you wish to make a postal application either post your application to us in the normal mail or put your application form and any supporting documents in our post-box by the main entrance of Central Government Office.

Payment of applications should be made by either credit or debit card where possible. Ensure you provide contact details with your application and an officer will call you for payment.

Naturalisation and Registration as a British Citizen

The British Government is responsible for the laws covering British citizenship through the British Nationality Act 1981 (an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom) which extends to the Isle of Man.

Arrangements have been made for the functions of the Secretary of State under the Act to be exercised in the Isle of Man by the Lieutenant Governor in relation to cases concerning British citizens and British citizenship (including naturalisation).  The Cabinet Office provides processing services to support the Lieutenant Governor in the exercise of those functions.

Naturalisation

Naturalisation allows someone to become a British citizen and obtain the same rights and privileges as someone who was born a British citizen, including allowing you to apply for a British passport and the opportunity to participate more fully in the life of your local community.

You may be eligible for naturalisation if you've lived in the United Kingdom (UK) or Islands for five years or more and meet the English language requirement. Alternatively, if you are married to a British citizen and have lived in the UK or Islands for three years or more and meet the English language requirement, you may also be eligible.

Registration

Registration is a similar process although mainly for minors and persons who already hold a British nationality status other than British citizenship. In some cases there is an entitlement to register.

There are different ways to apply for British citizenship based on your circumstances. More information about checking if you can become a British citizen can be found on the Government website.

Important information

Applicants should not be reliant on having a British passport within a set time frame and therefore should not allow the validity on their foreign passport to run down to such a position that they cannot continue to use it for travel. Applying for a British passport is a separate process, and you will not be able to submit your application until after you have attended a citizenship ceremony.

The Nationality Service do not accept any responsibility for travel booked by an applicant in anticipation of having a British passport.

The information provided on our website is not intended to be comprehensive nor is it a complete statement of immigration and nationality law or policy.

Contact Us

Isle of Man Nationality Office
Ground Floor
Government Office
Bucks Road
Douglas, Isle of Man
IM1 3PN

Normal public counter opening times
Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Friday 9.30am to 4pm

The counter may occasionally be closed for staff training or operational matters. Notifications will be put up giving sufficient notice.

Email - nationality@gov.im

Telephone hours
Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 12pm

Tel: +44 1624 685208

This is a 24-hour information line (calls will be transferred to a team member during the above telephone hours)

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