Naturalisation and Registration
Current Processing Times
The naturalisation/registration process to approve an application is currently taking approximately 12 months for completed applications. This may be subject to change during the application process and we will notify you of any change. The Citizenship Ceremony process can take up to 3 months and is a separate process to your application process. This commences from the date of your initial invitation to attend a ceremony. You must attend a ceremony within 3 months of receiving your invitation letter. This may be subject to change during the application process.
Please note only application’s accompanied by the correct fee at the time of submission will be accepted.
The next IELTS SELT examination date is to be advised in due course.
22 April 2016
The Isle of Man Nationality Service is accepting applications for British Citizenship. All applications should be fully completed and be accompanied by the correct fee.
Naturalisation and Registration in the Isle of Man
Naturalisation allows someone to become a British citizen and obtain the same rights and privileges as someone who was born a British citizen.
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.
You can normally apply for naturalisation as a British citizen if you have lived in the United Kingdom or Islands for five years or more, or you are married to a British citizen and have lived in the United Kingdom or Islands for three years or more.
Becoming a British citizen is a significant life event. Apart from allowing you to apply for a British citizen passport, British citizenship gives you the opportunity to participate more fully in the life of your local community.
For your application to succeed you will need to show that you satisfy a number of requirements that are set out in British nationality law. The process has a number of stages of which some are off island and can be very complex. Applicants need to allow approximately 9 to 12 months from the date of submitting their application to the nationality office to the attendance at a citizenship ceremony.
It is important that you take care in completing the form and in making sure that you satisfy all the requirements for naturalisation or registration.
Please note: 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.
What is the criteria for becoming a British citizen?
Applications for naturalisation or registration as a British citizen are considered under the provisions of the British Nationality Act 1981.
The decision is at the discretion of the Lieutenant Governor and is based on statutory criteria such as residence, language, knowledge of life in the UK and Islands and good character.
The requirements include – but are not limited to:
- Meeting the required residential requirements for your application type
- Satisfying the good character requirement -
- Satisfying the English speaking and listening requirements.
- Satisfying the knowledge of life in the United Kingdom and Islands requirement.
- Demonstrating that the applicant(s) intends to have his or her home in the Isle of Man/British Isles.
More specific information on the above requirements can be found on the UK Government naturalisation at discretion webpage.
Further information on British citizenship can be obtained on the UK Government website.
Abiding by immigration law is a compulsory requirement for foreign nationals (excluding EU Nationals). Making an application to acquire British citizenship is a voluntary decision made by the applicant(s). There is no requirement to apply and no right of acquisition.
Enrolment of biometric information
Rules for how fingerprints, facial images and biometric information are managed came into effect on 6 April 2015.
All applicants, unless exempt, are required to enroll their biometric information consisting of fingerprints and a facial image (photograph taken of their face).
When applicants have submitted and paid for their naturalisation or registration applications, they will receive a letter from the UK Home Office. This will invite them to enrol their biometric information as part of the application process.
There is a fee of £19.20 for each applicant, which will be taken when you come for your appointment.
This may be undertaken, by prior appointment, at the Passport, Immigration and Nationality Office at Central Government Offices, Bucks Road, Douglas.
Telephone: +44 1624 686283
Read the news article issued by the UK Government.
What qualifications do I need to have?
All applicants for indefinite leave to remain and naturalisation as a British citizen will need to meet the knowledge of language and life requirement, unless they meet the Home Office exemption policy.
You can normally apply for Naturalisation as a British citizen if you have lived in the United Kingdom or Islands for five years or more, or you are married to a British citizen and have lived in the United Kingdom or Islands for three years or more.
All applicants must also satisfy both of the following criteria:
- Demonstrate your knowledge of language and life in the UK by passing the Life in the UK and Islands test.
- Have a relevant qualification in English as recognised by the UK Home Office.
Life in the UK and Islands test
You can apply to take the Life in the UK and Islands test.
You can also purchase a supplement to 'Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship' called 'Life in the Isle of Man' from the Isle of Man Passport and Immigration Office. This is currently priced at £2.50
English Language qualification
You can prove your knowledge of the English language by having either:
The list of Secure English Language Tests that have been assessed as meeting the Home Office’s requirements from 1 August 2014.
IELTS Secure English Language Test (SELT) will be required for most applications.
The test is taken at the Isle of Man College, however the college do not take bookings for or deal with questions around these tests, they are merely the venue.
To book a place for a test, you must do this online at the IELTS website. Click the following link to apply and register.
The IELTS SELT next examination date is to be advised.
The IELTS speaking and listening tests are run by the British Council. Any questions in this regard should be directed to the British Council by looking at their website.
Further guidance can be found on the British Council website.
Applicants are encouraged to check the English Language requirements issued by the UK Government to ensure that their English Language qualification is still recognised as changes have recently been made.
You are considered exempt from the need to prove your knowledge of English if you meet certain criteria.
What forms do I need to complete?
The UK Home Office produce a guide and a booklet for applicants considering making an application. It is highly recommended that all applicants read and understand the criteria for naturalisation before submitting their application. Application fees cannot be refunded in full where an application fails.
The following must be completed:
- The adult application form, guide, and Booklet AN, MN1 – Child Application can all be downloaded from the UK Government Website; and
- In addition to completing the Form AN, applicants in the Isle of Man will need to complete an Isle of Man Enquiry Consent Form; and
- Two referees are required for each application. Each referee will need to complete and sign a Referee Consent Form. Please ensure that your referee is acceptable.
View a List of acceptable referees.
What fees do I need to pay?
Issued 7 October 2016
The application fees can be found:
Please note only fully completed application accompanied by the correct fee at the time of submission will be accepted.
The fee for British citizenship comprises of two elements. They are:
- An application fee. This is non-refundable should the application be refused or is withdrawn by the applicant. It is an applicant's responsibility to satisfy themselves before paying the fee that they meet all the appropriate requirements.
- Ceremony fee. This is paid by applicants who are required to attend a citizenship ceremony. It is refunded to applicants whose applications are refused or withdrawn.
How to contact us
Office opening hours
Monday - Thursday: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Friday: 9.30am to 4.00pm
Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 12pm
Ground Floor Government Office
Isle of Man
+44 1624 685208