Obtaining permission to work in the Isle of Man

Work Permits

The Isle of Man maintains a Work Permit system, with the aim of protecting the rights of certain local workers.

All people intending to work in the Isle of Man, including British, Irish and European citizens, need to consider whether they need to obtain an Isle of Man Work Permit prior to starting work.

People connected to the Isle of Man in certain ways described in law qualify as Isle of Man Workers, and are not required to obtain a Work Permit.

In addition, there are several categories of exemption from the requirement to have a Work Permit for certain employment, for instance, certain positions in the e-gaming and information technology sector.

Work Permits, where required, are issued for a one-year period and for a specific employment, and are renewable. The spouse or partner of a Work Permit holder or exempt person may typically obtain an automatic Work Permit valid for any employment.

For workers subject to immigration control, the interaction between immigration law and Work Permits can often be complex. Certain visa categories, but not all, exempt the worker from the separate Work Permit requirement.

A Work Permit is not a visa or immigration permission, and simply qualifying as an Isle of Man Worker for Work Permit purposes is not sufficient permission to live and work in the Isle of Man for immigration purposes. Kinley Legal is particularly experienced in advising clients on navigating compliance with both systems.

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