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Immigration and the English language requirement 

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Immigration and the English language requirement 

When considering moving to the Isle of Man, or applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain, numerous essential questions demand consideration, and the language proficiency requirements of the Immigration Rules stand out as a key aspect. This article delves into the English Language requirement for the Isle of Man, discussing who must adhere to it, the ways of meeting these requirements and exemptions.  

Who needs to comply 

Most immigration routes require an applicant to meet an English requirement at some point, including: 

  • Isle of Man Innovator and Start up 
  • partners of a British citizen or settled person (Appendix FM) 
  • adult children of a British citizen or settled person (Appendix FM) 
  • Isle of Man Workers and their dependants 
  • British Ancestry  
  • British Nationals (Overseas) 

How to comply 

There are three different ways in complying with the English requirement.  

If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you are exempt from needing to take a language test. These countries include:  

  • Antigua and Barbuda 
  • Australia 
  • the Bahamas 
  • Barbados 
  • Belize 
  • the British overseas territories 
  • Canada 
  • Dominica 
  • Grenada 
  • Guyana 
  • Jamaica 
  • Malta 
  • New Zealand 
  • St Kitts and Nevis 
  • St Lucia 
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines 
  • Trinidad and Tobago 
  • the United States of America 

If you have multiple citizenship and one of your countries of citizenship is in the above list, you will be deemed to have met the English Language requirement. 

Another way to meet the English requirement is taking a Secure English Language Test (SELT). At Kinley Legal, we provide clients with detailed tailored guidance on how to pass the test, which language centre you need to book the test with and the type of test. It is vital to book the right test at the approved application centre. Otherwise, there may be a risk of the application being refused.  

Lastly, your University degree may be used to comply with the English requirement.  You will need one of the following: 

  • a Bachelor’s, Masters, or Doctorate, with English being the main language of instruction, at a UK university; 
  • a Bachelor’s, Masters or Doctorate, with English being the main language of instruction at a university in a country in the list of Majority English Speaking Countries (for these purposes, Degrees obtained in Canada do not qualify, but degrees from Irish universities do), certified with an Academic Qualification Level Statement (AQUALS) from Ecctis; or 
  • a Bachelor’s, Masters or Doctorate at any other university, in English, certified with an English Language Proficiency Statement and AQUALS from Ecctis. 

Who is exempt

There are certain exemptions on who needs to comply with the English language requirement.  Depending on the immigration route, they can include: 

  • People aged 65 and older at time of application; 
  • People under the age of 18 at time of application; 
  • People who are physically or mentally disabled and cannot complete the test; and 
  • If you have proved English at an earlier application. 

Kinley Legal can advise about the exemptions available in your particular route. 

Contact us

If your need more information on your unique circumstances, please contact us at immigration@kinleylegal.com or complete our simple contact form and we will be in contact with you about your immigration needs and how to best meet the requirements.