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EU, EEA AND SWISS NATIONALS

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

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals


The Isle of Man was never in the EU, but Brexit has still brought about major changes to the lives of EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and their families living and working in the Isle of Man. Kinley Legal is well-placed to assist them.

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. While the Isle of Man never became a member of the European Union, it has maintained these European links. During the UK’s EU membership, the Isle of Man was part of the EU’s customs territory, with freedom of movement of goods. As a result, many EU, EEA and Swiss nationals live and work in the Isle of Man.

Residents prior to 1 January 2021

Isle of Man-resident EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and their families who were resident in the Isle of Man or UK prior to 1 January 2021 may apply under the settled status schemes. These enable them to secure a document showing their Indefinite Leave to Remain or Limited Leave to Remain. This proof of status should be applied for as soon as possible, and in any event before 30 June 2021. After then, you may need this document to be allowed to enter the Isle of Man or UK. The application is not complicated, and Kinley Legal can assist with completion of the formalities.

The close family members of EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who were in the Isle of Man prior to 1 January 2021 can apply for Family Permits to enable them to join their Isle of Man-resident family member.

New residents from 2021 onwards

For EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who had not moved to the Isle of Man or UK before 1 January 2021, the normal immigration system applies. The Worker visa will in most cases be required to come to the Isle of Man for employment, although eligible Cypriot and Maltese citizens can potentially benefit from the five-year British Ancestry visa. The Innovator visa is very attractive for entrepreneurs considering a move to the Isle of Man, allowing a fast track three years to complete the British immigration system and be granted Indefinite Leave to Remain, rather than the usual five years. The Investor visa is the best option for those considering retirement or who need flexibility in their working arrangements.

Irish citizens

Kinley Legal in particular has experience and expert knowledge in relation to supporting Irish citizens in the Isle of Man. This can include work to safeguard their immigration or work permit status. We can also help you consider whether naturalisation as a dual British citizen is a desirable step to take.

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