Applying for permission to join, or stay with, a spouse, partner or immediate family in the Isle of Man.

Partner and Family applications

While it is a human right for spouses and families to be able to live together, the immigration requirements can often make this complicated.

Applying for visas as the spouse, partner, child or other family member of a British citizen or settled person can be a time-consuming and confusing business. Kinley Legal provides planning and technical legal advice to help families stay together or be reunited as quickly and straightforwardly as possible.

You can make an application from overseas online, followed by an appointment at the local British immigration agency. If you are already in the Isle of Man or UK, the application is made directly to the Isle of Man Immigration Service.

Under normal circumstances, the authorities can take three months or more to process family visa applications from overseas. If you make a mistake is made in the application, or a document is missing, this can mean that the application is refused. This may in turn lead to a need to reapply or to submit an appeal, making the entire process take well over than six months. We help to avoid such a delay.

The most complicated part of the process is often the financial requirement. You must show that you have the necessary finances to support your spouse, partner or child in the Isle of Man. There is a complicated formula which only takes account of certain types of income and savings. Kinley Legal is experienced in assessing financial evidence, and can help ensure that you have all the necessary documentation to show you meet the requirements.

Legal recognition for overseas relationships

The Isle of Man recognises both opposite-sex and same-sex marriages. Both opposite-sex and same-sex couples can form a civil partnership. Isle of Man immigration law recognises and protects relationships registered in other countries. The immigration system also makes allowances for couples who have lived together but have not married or formally registered a civil partnership.

The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption applies in the Isle of Man. The Convention facilitates and safeguards the adoption of children from overseas. Convention adoptions, once properly registered, are recognised in immigration law.

Complex cases

Kinley Legal has considerable experience in relation to presenting more complicated family cases, both in initial applications and at appeal. These can include:

  • applications to enter or remain in the Isle of Man in exceptional circumstances with a British or settled spouse, partner or child, where you do not meet all the usual immigration status, financial or English requirements;
  • applications by children to join a parent in the Isle of Man in special circumstances; and
  • Adult Dependent Relative applications allowing dependent adults to come to the Isle of Man to be cared for by their families.

Dependants of visa holders

Kinley Legal also regularly helps family members of people who have limited leave to remain in the Isle of Man. These can include the partner and child dependants of people holding leave as Investors, Innovators, Workers, Students and Representatives of overseas businesses.

  • - immigration client from Nigeria
    I would just like to say a really big and warm thank you for all that you have both done over the last few months. My wife and I are absolutely thrilled with the result. It is very difficult to put into words what this means to us both. It has been such a long road and it has tried our strength and love to the ends of the earth.  As soon as I met Christopher I had a good feeling about you, you gave us hope and at the same time clarity in your approach to how you would handle our case.
    - immigration client from Nigeria
  • - immigration client from the United States
    I called Kinley Legal a few years ago, with only the vaguest idea that I needed a visa to move to be with my husband.  They talked me through the options, got my immigration status sorted out, and helped me set up my limited company once I had moved.  Having someone to guide me through the processes saved me from a lot of expensive mistakes. 
    - immigration client from the United States
  • - immigration client from Ghana
    Immigration issues can be very tricky, complicated and hard to understand due to legal terminology. If you are have an immigration issue, I would highly recommend Kinley Legal. They handled all my immigration queries from day one when I did my initial visa application and up to my visa application renewal this year. Kinley Legal team is friendly, understanding, reliable and their fees are reasonable.
    - immigration client from Ghana
  • - immigration client from the Philippines
    I was very satisfied with the result and the professional assistance Kinley Legal offered. Leah and Christopher arranged a face-to-face meeting with me to know my situation and planned a series of steps in order to expedite my wife’s application. Every time I had questions or concerns, I was given reassurance that I could contact Kinley Legal anytime through e-mail and this was really helpful. Kinley Legal's work meant the immigration officer did not have any questions regarding our paperwork.
    - immigration client from the Philippines
  • - immigration client from India
    Many thanks for your valuable service in regard to my visa application. I just received my passport with my visa stamped in it.
    - immigration client from India
  • - Isle of Man corporate service provider
    I use Kinley Legal quite regularly through work and they are brilliant every time. They are always very professional and the work is always completed in a timely manner. I would highly recommend using their services.
    - Isle of Man corporate service provider
  • - client and business partner from the Isle of Man
    Chris and Leah have acted both for me personally and also for many of my clients on a variety of different legal matters. As well as being knowlegable, helpful, efficient and cost effective, Kinley Legal are an absolute pleasure to deal with and I have no hesitation in recomending them to others.
    - client and business partner from the Isle of Man
  • - client and business partner from the Isle of Man
    I can highly recommend Kinley Legal, having benefitted from their services in both my private and professional capacities. Kinley Legal provides excellent professional and highly ethical legal services. Professionally, I specifically recommend Kinley Legal's immigration legal services, in which they are highly experienced and have demonstrated their expertise with many successful visa applications.
    - client and business partner from the Isle of Man
  • - immigration client from Pakistan
    I would call Chris and if he isn't available, Leah was always there to help. I would get quick responses to emails as it can be quite frustrating in an already difficult situation. We appreciate your service and professionalism with a human touch.
    - immigration client from Pakistan
  • - immigration client from China
    Kinley Legal are an absolutely wonderful law firm. Thorough, attention to detail, professional. We hired them to help with immigration, and so glad we did. The best law firm experience I ever had. Thank you Chris ... for your fantastic help.
    - immigration client from China
  • - immigration client from South Africa
    I not only recommend  lawyers Christopher and Leah, but I guarantee once you have used their service you too will look no further. They respond in an extreme timely matter, very knowledgeable, trustworthy people. There are no other  lawyers that will work as hard for you. I used Kinley Legal for my immigration matters, Christopher and Leah were wonderful, compassionate lawyers that were easy to work with. I could not have been happier and I will never go anywhere else.
    - immigration client from South Africa
  • -immigration client from South Africa
    My family was assisted by Kinley Legal three years ago when we relocated to the Isle of Man from South Africa. Brilliant and knowledgeable people. Everything went without a hitch thanks to them. If you still have family members in South Africa who wish to relocate to the Isle of Man, these are the people who can sort things out for you. 
    -immigration client from South Africa
  • -immigration client from South Africa
    Our very grateful thanks to the Kinley Legal team ... for their outstanding, pleasant and most professional expertise in securing our Indefinite Leave to Remain on Isle of Man.  We also greatly appreciated their ongoing and invaluable support and encouragement throughout what would have been a potentially stressful process, had it not been for their kind assistance.  
    -immigration client from South Africa
  • -immigration client from South Africa
    Dear Christopher. Thank you very much for your kind assistance to process and submit our visa application. We do truly appreciate the support you have given and trust for a speedy turnaround.
    -immigration client from South Africa

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