Embarking on a new adventure, like moving to the Isle of Man, can be very exciting, but navigating the complex immigration system can be daunting particularly with so much conflicting and inaccurate advice floating around online.
Every person’s circumstances and family dynamic are unique, and what is the best route for one family may not be the best option for you and yours.
Visa application fees (government fees) can be expensive, and so it may be tempting to try and make an application yourself without professional help. The problem with this is that most visas which appear relatively straightforward at first glance can actually be quite complicated and require an in-depth knowledge of the Isle of Man’s ever-changing immigration laws, policies and visa processes.
Regrettably, many people find out to their detriment.
As just one example of how things can go wrong, at Kinley Legal we regularly have people come to us only after they have already been refused a visa, only to discover that they had made the fundamental mistake of picking the wrong application form. A simple but serious mistake like this means the person is now out of pocket on the initial cost of the visa and they then have to pay the application fee for a second time. Added to this, their plans are delayed as the visa must be processed again and they have the added hassle of having to explain to the Immigration Officer why they have a history of having been refused a visa!
Other common mistakes include picking the wrong English test required for your particular immigration route, applying with documents that are out of date, misunderstanding the financial maintenance requirements of a visa, failing to understand what is required of you at the expiry of a visa and not supplying the correct supporting documents.
Before you risk your heard-earned money, please consider this:
If you are thinking about immigrating to the Isle of Man, we would encourage you to get in touch with us and talk to one of our friendly team so that you may better understand your options. Kinley Legal is the leading specialist immigration law firm of the Isle of Man. Our talented lawyers hold qualifications to practise not only from the Isle of Man, but also jurisdictions such as England and Wales, Northern Ireland and South Africa.
Please contact us to book a tailored, initial individual consultation. We will conduct an initial assessment and match the most suitable immigration route for you and your family.