A new category for skilled people working in the Isle of Man

Isle of Man Worker

The new Isle of Man Worker migrant visa, which replaced the old Tier 2, is a new immigration category intended to help Isle of Man employers attract and retain skilled employees from all over the world.

When the Isle of Man Worker migrant category was introduced in April 2018, it swept away many of the complexities of the old, UK-style Tier 2 system. Unlike the UK, Isle of Man employers no longer require a track record and a Sponsor Licence before they can consider employing workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Similarly, the old Certificate of Sponsorship system was replaced with a streamlined Confirmation of Employment process.

The list of qualifying roles, and the roles which are regarded as shortage occupations (key employment) have been specifically written for the Isle of Man, based on the island’s own policy, rather than that of the UK. This means, for instance, that chefs are regarded as skilled workers in the Isle of Man, while they are not in the UK.

The Isle of Man’s policy has meant that a significant number of roles in e-business and information technology are now exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test, making it much more feasible for employers to bring skilled staff from outside the EEA.

The main Isle of Man Worker migrant category leads to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for the worker and his/her family after a qualifying period of five years.

There is also an Isle of Man Worker (Intra-Company Transfer) category, suitable for people being transferred by their existing employer to an Isle of Man office for a maximum of five years. This category does not lead to ILR.

Commonwealth citizens intending to work in the Isle of Man should also consider the British ancestry visa.

Kinley Legal works with employers, employment agencies and candidates worldwide, with particular experience in those from South Africa, to ensure that employment offers and contracts comply in full with the requirements of the Immigration Rules.

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