Enabling Commonwealth citizens with British ancestry to work in the Isle of Man

British Ancestry

A visa for Commonwealth citizens with British ancestry who intend to work in the Isle of Man.

Often known as a “UK ancestry” visa, this route is for citizens of Commonwealth countries who have can prove they have British ancestry. To do this, you must show that at least one of your grandparents was born in either the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands or any country of the UK (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland). People who have at least one grandparent who was born in southern Ireland before it ceased to be part of the UK in 1922 can also use this route. Even the descendants of people born on British-registered ships anywhere in the world can potentially use this route.

In order to qualify for the route, you may need to conduct family history research and obtain official documents such as birth and marriage certificates. In many cases, Kinley Legal or our partner firms overseas can assist, if any documents are still to be obtained.

You also need evidence that you are planning to work in the Isle of Man. This can be by way of, for instance, a job offer, or for self-employed people, a business plan. Being of retirement age is not necessarily a barrier: we will work with you to ensure you can properly demonstrate that you genuinely intend to work in the Isle of Man.

You cannot apply for this route from within the Isle of Man or UK. We can assist you to submit your application through the appropriate British immigration agency overseas.

This ancestry route often represents an easier alternative to conventional immigration routes such as the Isle of Man Worker visa, because it is not necessary to have a job offer with a specified minimum salary before travelling.

British ancestry, British nationality and British passports

Many people who qualify for the British ancestry route also qualify for British nationality and a British passport. However, due to the much longer processing time for nationality applications, we usually recommend that clients move to the Isle of Man first on the British ancestry route, before then considering a nationality applications with our support.

  • - 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
  • - 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
  • - 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
  • - 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 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
  • - 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 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
    Thank you for all your hard work and patience with our matter. We have been extremely happy with your service!
    -immigration client from South Africa
  • -immigration client from South Africa
    We engaged Kinley Legal to assist with visas in November 2020. The process was seamless and Leah Sizova and Christopher Kinley were extremely helpful and professional throughout the entire process. They always available for queries and responded promptly and comprehensively to all of our queries. Even during covid lockdown their commitment to service was not compromised. I have no reservations in recommending Kinley Legal.
    -immigration client from South Africa
  • -immigration client from Argentina
    I hired Kinley Legal to assist me during my migration process and I must say this has been the best decision I could have made. Chris, Leah ... helped me overcome many challenges during uncertainty in pandemic times and for that I'm really grateful to them. They are highly professional, helping you to make the right choices all the way through the process, but also really kind and patient to give you the calmness you need in this kind of process. Thanks so much for all the hard work! I highly recommend using their services.
    -immigration client from Argentina
  • -immigration client from South Africa
    Thanks again for the great news on the Confirmation of Employment. I really appreciate the levels of service and professionalism. Would have been lost without Leah ...
    -immigration client from South Africa

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