EU AND EEA NATIONALS
Securing your future in the Isle of Man, in a changing Europe.
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EU, EEA and Swiss nationals
The Isle of Man was never in the EU, but it’s a surprising true fact that Brexit will bring about major changes to the lives of EU, EEA and Swiss nationals living and working 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. While the Isle of Man never became a member of the European Union, it has maintained these European links. Through the UK’s EU membership, the Isle of Man has been 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.
Isle of Man-resident EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and their families 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 obtained in good time for 31 December 2020. 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 authorities have not yet finalised the future immigration system that will govern Isle of Man-resident EU, EEA and Swiss nationals and their families. This is a fast-moving area, as the authorities negotiate during the transition period. It’s a good idea to stay in touch with Kinley Legal to ensure you are up to date. It’s likely that the legal requirements and costs of moving to the Isle of Man will increase very significantly and that the full Isle of Man immigration system may apply.
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 necessary or desirable step to take.
I'm an EU/EEA/Swiss national. Can I visit the Isle of Man?
Yes, you can visit the Isle of Man without special immigration permission. This may change in future, probably after 31 December 2020.
I'm an EU/EEA/Swiss national. Can I get a job in the Isle of Man?
You can travel to the Isle of Man and obtain work. However, European law and the Brexit arrangements do not automatically exempt you or your dependants from the requirement to obtain an Isle of Man work permit: there are many exemptions from the work permit requirement. Whether or not a work permit is required will depend on the job you intend to do, and your personal circumstances. Kinley Legal can help assess whether or not a work permit is required.
I'm an EU/EEA/Swiss national. If I want to work in the Isle of Man, how good does my English need to be?
No formal English language requirements apply under immigration law. However, the Isle of Man work permit system does require that your English ability is a factor in deciding whether or not you should be issued a work permit. In order to have the best chance of finding work in the Isle of Man and obtaining a work permit, Kinley Legal recommends that clients ensure they can demonstrate their English level, for instance by passing an IELTS for UKVI SELT test at CEFR level B1 across all four subjects.
Does this category lead to ILR and British citizenship?
Yes, you and your dependants may apply for ILR after five years in the Isle of Man, and for British citizenship typically after a further one year. Under certain limited circumstances you may be to apply earlier for British citizenship. Nationality applications can be complicated, but Kinley Legal can advise on the options based upon your circumstances.
Do I need to demonstrate my English language ability and pass the Life in the UK and Islands Test in order to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain under the Settled Status Scheme?
Unlike for non-Europeans, these are not currently requirements. If you want to proceed to apply for British citizenship, you will need to pass the Life in the UK and Islands Test and demonstrate your English language ability, for instance by passing the IELTS Life Skills SELT test at CEFR level B1 in speaking and listening.