Securing your future in the Isle of Man, in a changing Europe.

EU and EEA nationals

Considering that the Isle of Man is not in the EU, it’s a surprising but true fact that Brexit will bring about major changes to the lives of EU and EEA nationals wishing to live and work in the Isle of Man.

As a small trading nation, the Isle of Man has become a home to people from Britain, Ireland and all over Europe over the centuries, and while the Isle of Man never became a full member of the European Union, it has maintained these links. Through the UK’s EU membership, the Isle of Man has historically been part of the EU’s customs territory, with freedom of movement of goods being preserved.

Until such time as they may be terminated by Brexit, Kinley Legal supports applications by EU and EEA nationals for permanent residence cards, and by their non-European family members for EEA Family Permits (which are also available to the families of Swiss nationals).

The future immigration system governing Isle of Man-resident EU and EEA nationals and their families is a fast-moving area, as matters are negotiated and settled both before and after Brexit: stay in touch with Kinley Legal to ensure you are up to date.

Isle of Man resident EU and EEA nationals and their families may now apply under the Isle of Man or UK settled status schemes, to secure a document showing their Indefinite Leave to Remain or Limited Leave to Remain in the Isle of Man. This proof of status should be obtained in good time for 31 December 2020, after which it may be required to enter the Isle of Man or UK without other immigration permission. The application is not complicated, and Kinley Legal can assist with completion of the formalities.

Kinley Legal in particular has experience and expert knowledge in relation to supporting Irish citizens in safeguarding their status in the Isle of Man, including in considering whether naturalisation as dual British citizens is necessary or desirable.

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