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

British Ancestry

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

While often known as a “UK ancestry” visa, this category can be used by people who can prove that at least one of their grandparents born in the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands or any part of the UK (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland). It can also be claimed by people who have at least one grandparent who was born in southern Ireland before it ceased to be part of the UK, and even people born on British-registered ships.

In order to qualify for the category, it may be necessary to conduct family history research and obtain official documents such as birth and marriage certificates. Kinley Legal can assist with these matters if any documents are still to be obtained. Applicants will need evidence they are planning to work in the Isle of Man, for instance a job offer, or if they intend to be self-employed, a business plan.

Applications in this category must be made from overseas, and are submitted through the appropriate British immigration agency.

For qualifying people, the British ancestry visa often represents an easier alternative than the Isle of Man Worker visa, because it is not necessary to have a job offer with a specified minimum salary before travelling.

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