Working with you on all aspects of immigration, work permits and nationality
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About our Immigration services
Whether it’s working, joining family, setting up a business or investing in the Isle of Man, we assist with all aspects of immigration, work permit and nationality law
The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom, but its immigration system is aligned with the UK system and many routes are similar. The system allows people with a close connection to the Isle of Man to live there; it also promotes the migration of individuals and businesses likely to be of benefit to the Isle of Man.
Due to the close geographical and historical connections between the Isle of Man and the UK, natives of the Isle of Man are full British citizens. This also applies to people who have been naturalised in the Isle of Man.
Visiting, living and working in the Isle of Man
British and Irish citizens can currently live in the Isle of Man without a visa or other permission. However, they may require an Isle of Man work permit should they wish to take up employment or self-employment.
The Isle of Man is part of the Common Travel Area with the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Ireland. This means, for example, that there are no fixed immigration checks on travel between the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom. Isle of Man residents are free to travel to the UK, provided they comply with the terms of any Isle of Man visa they hold.
People other than British and Irish citizens typically require Isle of Man immigration permission in order to visit, work or live in the Isle of Man. The holders of existing UK immigration permission can travel to the Isle of Man without the requirement for further permission, provided they comply with the terms of their UK permission. Applications for Isle of Man visas are decided solely by the immigration authorities of the Isle of Man, and not by the UK.
Quality of life
The Isle of Man offers a host of advantages as a place for internationally mobile people to establish their base. They can establish Indefinite Leave to Remain (British permanent residency) through the Isle of Man. They can also potentially acquire full British citizenship, without ever becoming resident for tax purposes in the UK itself.
Due to its links with the UK, there are very many immigration categories in the Isle of Man. While we have set out the most popular routes here, Kinley Legal also has experience across the length and breadth of the immigration system. In recent years, this has included Tier 4 students, Tier 5 temporary workers, and more complex areas such as leave to remain granted on human rights grounds.
I called Kinley Legal a few years ago, with only the vaguest idea that I needed a visa to move to be with my husband. They talked me through the options, got my immigration status sorted out, and helped me set up my limited company once I had moved. Having someone to guide me through the processes saved me from a lot of expensive mistakes.
I would just like to say a really big and warm thank you for all that you have both done over the last few months. My wife and I are absolutely thrilled with the result. It is very difficult to put into words what this means to us both. It has been such a long road and it has tried our strength and love to the ends of the earth. As soon as I met Christopher I had a good feeling about you, you gave us hope and at the same time clarity in your approach to how you would handle our case.
I’m pleased to let you know that my application has been successful and I have received my visa! I can’t thank you all enough for the support and effort made towards making this a reality, it really means a lot 🙂 I look forward to thanking everyone in person shortly!
Immigration issues can be very tricky, complicated and hard to understand due to legal terminology. If you are have an immigration issue, I would highly recommend Kinley Legal. They handled all my immigration queries from day one when I did my initial visa application and up to my visa application renewal this year. Kinley Legal team is friendly, understanding, reliable and their fees are reasonable.
I was very satisfied with the result and the professional assistance Kinley Legal offered. Leah and Christopher arranged a face-to-face meeting with me to know my situation and planned a series of steps in order to expedite my wife’s application. Every time I had questions or concerns, I was given reassurance that I could contact Kinley Legal anytime through e-mail and this was really helpful. Kinley Legal's work meant the immigration officer did not have any questions regarding our paperwork.
Thank you so much for your help, efficiency and professionalism – I’m really pleased our mutual clients from Nigeria managed to apply for their Isle of Man Tier 1 Entrepreneur visas on time.
We are delighted to tell you that our mutual client from Hong Kong has been granted the Isle of Man Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa . Thank you very much again for all your help and support throughout the entire process – from preparation to Tier 1 Entrepreneur application.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to you for helping me in my successful Tier 1 application. I really appreciate the time you gave to my application and warm thank you for all you have done for me.
I would call Chris and if he isn't available, Leah was always there to help. I would get quick responses to emails as it can be quite frustrating in an already difficult situation. We appreciate your service and professionalism with a human touch.
I can highly recommend Kinley Legal, having benefitted from their services in both my private and professional capacities. Kinley Legal provides excellent professional and highly ethical legal services. Professionally, I specifically recommend Kinley Legal's immigration legal services, in which they are highly experienced and have demonstrated their expertise with many successful visa applications.
Chris and Leah have acted both for me personally and also for many of my clients on a variety of different legal matters. As well as being knowlegable, helpful, efficient and cost effective, Kinley Legal are an absolute pleasure to deal with and I have no hesitation in recomending them to others.
Christopher and Leah have been a great support to getting us the Isle of Man Business Migrant (Start Up) visa arranged. I cannot think of anyone else to recommend for visa matters. This is an amazing team and I highly recommend them.
I use Kinley Legal quite regularly through work and they are brilliant every time. They are always very professional and the work is always completed in a timely manner. I would highly recommend using their services.
Many thanks for your valuable service in regard to my visa application. I just received my passport with my visa stamped in it.
Kinley Legal are an absolutely wonderful law firm. Thorough, attention to detail, professional. We hired them to help with immigration, and so glad we did. The best law firm experience I ever had. Thank you Chris ... for your fantastic help.
Patiently worked with me and my wife to get through the Innovator visa process, including assistance with my business plan to make it more suited to the specific benefits of Isle of Man. Thanks for all of your attention and a successful result.
- We are thrilled with the outcome of our ancestral visa application, many thanks to Kinley Legal. After months of attempting to bumble our way through the application process on our own, we made the decision to seek some guidance. Chris explained many things unique to Isle of Man applications, brought great clarity, and put our minds at ease.
I not only recommend lawyers Christopher and Leah, but I guarantee once you have used their service you too will look no further. They respond in an extreme timely matter, very knowledgeable, trustworthy people. There are no other lawyers that will work as hard for you. I used Kinley Legal for my immigration matters, Christopher and Leah were wonderful, compassionate lawyers that were easy to work with. I could not have been happier and I will never go anywhere else.
My family was assisted by Kinley Legal three years ago when we relocated to the Isle of Man from South Africa. Brilliant and knowledgeable people. Everything went without a hitch thanks to them. If you still have family members in South Africa who wish to relocate to the Isle of Man, these are the people who can sort things out for you.
Our very grateful thanks to the Kinley Legal team ... for their outstanding, pleasant and most professional expertise in securing our Indefinite Leave to Remain on Isle of Man. We also greatly appreciated their ongoing and invaluable support and encouragement throughout what would have been a potentially stressful process, had it not been for their kind assistance.
Now I have an Isle of Man visa, how do I get there? There is no direct flight to the Isle of Man from where I live.
The UK recognises Isle of Man visas, so you can transit in the UK on your way to the Isle of Man without needing a separate UK visa. You will enter the Common Travel Area when you cross the UK border, and you should not need to complete immigration formalities again on arrival in the Isle of Man.
I am in the Isle of Man/UK on a Tier 4 student visa, can I extend my stay in the Isle of Man?
Yes, at Kinley Legal we can discuss your options to stay in the Isle of Man or UK post-study.
I am visiting the Isle of Man/UK, can I extend my stay in the Isle of Man?
It isn't generally possible for a visitor to extend his/her stay, but Kinley Legal we can discuss Isle of Man options to help plan a future in the Isle of Man or UK.
I am already in the UK on a long-term visa, how do I apply to extend my stay in the Isle of Man?
Your current UK immigration category, and the Isle of Man category in which you move, will dictate whether you can apply directly in the Isle of Man, or whether you need to apply from outside the UK or Isle of Man and apply through the British immigration agency there. Kinley Legal can guide you through the process.
How good does my English need to be for an Isle of Man visa?
Any English language requirements will depend on the category of visa being applied for; if you need to take a test or get your qualifications confirmed, Kinley Legal can assist with the arrangements.
I live in the Isle of Man but have overstayed on my visa, what can I do?
Speak to Kinley Legal as soon as possible, so we can assess your circumstances and the options you may have to regularise your immigration position without leaving the Isle of Man.
Can I claim asylum in the Isle of Man?
No. It is not possible to be granted asylum or refugee status in the Isle of Man. If you have a valid claim to make, it will be necessary to return to the UK or Ireland in order to do so.
Do I need to pay NHS Surcharge?
No, there is no NHS Surcharge in the Isle of Man. This means that the costs of making an Isle of Man visa application are often considerably cheaper than in the UK.
Is it easier to get an Isle of Man visa than a UK visa?
The Isle of Man and UK systems are aligned, but not identical. An Isle of Man visa can only be obtained if you will have a genuine Isle of Man connection. The Isle of Man makes its own immigration decisions based on its own policy, which can often benefit migrants of value to the island's economy.
Will I need an Isle of Man work permit as well as a visa?
The Isle of Man work permit system applies to all people working in the Isle of Man, including British citizens, and is independent of the immigration system. However, certain immigration visas provide exemptions from the requirement to have a work permit. Kinley Legal can help assess your position.
I have a UK visa, can I visit the Isle of Man?
You may visit the Isle of Man on a UK visa, provided you comply with its conditions. However, you may not be able to work, and Kinley Legal can help assess any immigration or work permit requirements should you wish to do so.
I have an Irish visa, can I visit the Isle of Man?
Whether you can visit the Isle of Man on your Irish visa will depend on your current Irish immigration category and your nationality. Kinley Legal can help assess whether you require a separate Isle of Man visa.
I have been refused an Isle of Man visa. Can Kinley Legal help?
Yes, contact us as soon as possible so we can discuss your options. Unlike in the UK, in the Isle of Man applicants have a full right of appeal against immigration decisions, which means that if you have wrongly been refused, an appeal can often be heard by an independent immigration judge within weeks.
I entered the Isle of Man via southern Ireland and my passport wasn't stamped - what do I do?
Immigration Officers are not permanently based at the airport and sea ports in the Isle of Man, and do not routinely meet ships and aircraft arriving in the Isle of Man from southern Ireland. The burden is on you to see an Immigration Officer in Douglas within three days of your arrival to complete the necessary formalities; Kinley Legal is available should you need assistance.