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Criminal Records

Special rules apply where a person has been convicted and sentenced for an offence (anywhere in the world) to a term of custody where:

  • the sentence is excluded from rehabilitation by Section 2 of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 2001.  This might include a sentence of custody for a term exceeding 30 months, or a 'life sentence' for example.
  • the conviction is not a 'spent' conviction for the purposes of that Act
  • the employment in question is excluded from the operation of that Act.  This may include doctors, accountants, and some roles where working with vulnerable people.

Any such conviction will be taken into consideration by the Department when determining an application for a permit

In addition a person with any such conviction:

However, an application for an ordinary work permit can still be made.

Further information on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 2001 can be obtained online or from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). The DHA will not advise individuals on whether or not a specific conviction is considered spent or not but advises that individuals should seek advice from an advocate or the Citizens Advice Bureau in this regard.

Legislation Section

Department of Home Affairs Headquarters Building

Tromode Road


Isle of Man


Telephone:+44 1624 694305


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