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BRITISH ANCESTRY

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

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