Applying for permission to join, or stay with, a spouse, partner or immediately 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, there are many immigration requirements to meet before this can be achieved.

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

Applications from overseas are made online, followed by an appointment at the local British immigration agency, while applications from the Isle of Man and UK are made directly to the Isle of Man Immigration Service.

Under normal circumstances, family visa applications from overseas can take three months or more to be processed, and if a mistake has been made in the application, or a document is missing, this can mean that the application is refused, leading to a need to reapply or to submit an appeal, making the entire process take well over than six months.

The most complicated part of the process is often the financial requirement: it is necessary to evidence that you have the necessary finances to support the overseas spouse, partner or child in the Isle of Man. There is a complicated formula and only certain types of income and savings are allowable. Kinley Legal is experienced in providing an assessment for these purposes, and can assist you in ensuring that you have all the necessary documentation to show you meet the requirements.

The Isle of Man recognises both opposite-sex and same-sex marriages. In 2016, the Isle of Man advanced its law ahead of the UK, such that not only same-sex couples, but also opposite-sex couples, could form a civil partnership. Relationships of this type registered abroad are fully recognised and protected in Isle of Man immigration law.

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

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

  • EX.1 applications by people for permission to enter or remain in the Isle of Man in exceptional circumstances to be with their British or settled spouse, partner or child, even though they do not meet all the usual immigration status, financial or English requirements;
  • applications by children to join their 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.

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