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Who needs a work permit?

Anyone who is not classed as an 'Isle of Man worker' requires a work permit to take up employment, (including self employment), in the Island. There are exemptions for a small number of occupations, and for certain temporary employments. In addition some non EEA nationals who have an immigration employment document do not require permits because they have equivalent permission to work on the Island under Immigration legislation.

An employer must not employ a person unless he or she is an Isle of Man worker, except in accordance with the above.

*New* With effect from 1 March 2016, certain employments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and e-business are exempt from the requirement for a work permit. 

Page last updated: 7 March 2016

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