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Apply for or renew a work permit

Applying for a permit

An application for a work permit may be made to the Department by an employer to employ a specific individual or by a self-employed person on behalf of themselves. If granted, the permit will be limited to employment by the employer in a specified capacity; it may also specify a place of work and may be issued subject to conditions. Once issued, the permit cannot be varied other than by a new application (except in those specific circumstances set out in variation of permit) so an employee cannot usually change employment unless the employer first obtains a new work permit.

If requested by the Department, CVs of all applicants for the post must be submitted in redacted form. This will help to establish whether any suitable Isle of Man workers applied for the position.

The work permit office has a target to process 80% of work permit applications within 10 working days of completed submission. An application referred to the Work Permit Committee may take longer.

It is not necessary to make an application for a work permit where the position and/or individual you wish to employ are covered by an exemption. There are a range of exemptions in place to cover a variety of temporary, intermittent and some permanent employments. Please see the ‘Exemptions’ page for further information.

In addition, the following may apply for a permit which is not limited to any specific employment:

  • the spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner of a work permit holder or an exempt person, provided that the work permit holder or exempt person is engaged in permanent, regular full-time employment
  • the cohabiting partner of an Isle of Man worker

For further information (including application form) see automatic work permits.

Renewing a permit

If the employment is to continue past the date of expiry of the work permit, an application to renew a permit is required. Normally, it is not necessary to fill out a new application form; the original permit includes a renewal slip which can be sent to the work permit office. 

Online Services

The following online services are available to employers: 

  • apply for new permits
  • renew existing permits
  • monitor all current work permits
  • monitor progress of any new applications
  • cancel a work permit application

Employers who wish to use this service should register with Government’s Online Services in advance of the renewal being required.   

For employers who are registered and wish to access online services, this is avaialble.  

The Department's decision

The Department will issue a written decision on each work permit application. If the Department decides:

(a)   to refuse to grant or renew a permit; or

(b)   to grant or renew a permit for a shorter period than that applied for; or

(c)    to include a condition in a permit,

it will include a statement of the reasons for the decision and information about how an appeal to the Work Permit Appeal Tribunal can be made.

Written notice of an appeal should be given to the Tribunal Clerk within 7 days of notification of the relevant decision.

The Office Manager

Work Permits

Department of Economic Development

Nivison House

31 Prospect Hill



Telephone:+44 1624 682393

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Page last updated: 01 November 2017

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