Working with you on all aspects of immigration, work permits and nationality

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.

  • - client and business partner from the Isle of Man
    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.
    - client and business partner from the Isle of Man
  • immigration client from Sri Lanka
    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.
    immigration client from Sri Lanka
  • -immigration client from South Africa
    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.  
    -immigration client from South Africa
  • - Innovator client from the United States
    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.
    - Innovator client from the United States
  • - immigration client from South Africa
    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.
    - immigration client from South Africa
  • - immigration client from South Africa
    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.
    - immigration client from South Africa
  • - immigration client from China
    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.
    - immigration client from China
  • -immigration client from South Africa
    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. 
    -immigration client from South Africa
  • - immigration client from Pakistan
    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.
    - immigration client from Pakistan
  • - Entrepreneur client from India
    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.
    - Entrepreneur client from India
  • - immigration client from the United States
    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. 
    - immigration client from the United States
  • - client and business partner from the Isle of Man
    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.
    - client and business partner from the Isle of Man
  • - Isle of Man corporate service provider
    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.
    - Isle of Man corporate service provider
  • - immigration client from India
    Many thanks for your valuable service in regard to my visa application. I just received my passport with my visa stamped in it.
    - immigration client from India
  • - global investment firm
    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.
    - global investment firm
  • - UK foreign direct investment firm
    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.
    - UK foreign direct investment firm
  • - immigration client from the Philippines
    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.
    - immigration client from the Philippines
  • - immigration client from Ghana
    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.
    - immigration client from Ghana
  • - immigration client from Nigeria
    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.
    - immigration client from Nigeria
  • - Worker visa client from Australia
    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!      
    - Worker visa client from Australia

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