Isle of Man Innovator Visa

Set up or take over a business on the Isle of Man as a holder of the Isle of Man Innovator visa. Our award-winning immigration solicitors can help you secure this potentially powerful visa, which can even provide a route to British citizenship.

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Isle of Man Innovator Visa

A self-governing British Crown Dependency, the Isle of Man is an exciting part of the world in which to live and work, with a business-friendly enterprise culture. So, you might be among the many people with an interest in applying for the Isle of Man Innovator visa, which would entitle you to live in this island territory in the Irish Sea, operating an innovative business.

The Isle of Man Innovator visa is aimed at already-experienced businesspeople who would like to contribute to this British island’s success story by running a business and creating wealth and jobs here. With its stunning scenery and high quality of life, the Isle of Man represents an attractive destination for ambitious entrepreneurs from around the globe.

Not only that, but the Isle of Man Innovator visa can provide a strong foundation for a long-term future on the island. You can extend this visa as many times as you like, and – subject to satisfying certain requirements – you will be able to apply for settlement (a status known as “indefinite leave to remain”, or ILR) after just three years here. It may also be possible for you to become naturalised as a British citizen after just five years on the Isle of Man.

How can you help me get an Isle of Man Innovator visa?

Our highly capable and seasoned experts in immigration law at Cranbrook Legal have an excellent track record of helping foreign nationals to make successful immigration and visa applications for the UK and the Isle of Man.

The wide-ranging and in-depth knowhow and experience that we have gained over the years, as well as our strong working relationship with Government caseworkers, has also left us well-placed to provide a comprehensive service to those seeking an Isle of Man Innovator visa.

For a single fixed fee – agreed at the outset of your relationship with us – we can project-manage your application for an Isle of Man Innovator visa from start to finish.

Whatever your situation, requirements, and concerns, we can help give you the best possible chance of securing this powerful business-oriented visa for the Isle of Man. As a consequence, you will be able to look forward to embarking on an exciting new life as a businessperson in the self-governing British Crown Dependency.

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What is the Isle of Man Innovator visa?

The Isle of Man Innovator visa is aimed at individuals who already have business experience, and who are looking to establish, join, or take over one or multiple businesses in the Isle of Man.

If you wish to apply for this visa, it will be expected that you will have an innovative, viable, and scalable business idea. Subject to some exceptions, migrants applying for this visa will also need to have the required funding to invest in this business.

Those who apply and are approved for the Isle of Man Innovator visa will be granted a visa lasting for three years. When the visa is due to expire, the visa holder will be able to apply to extend it by a further three years, and there is no limit to how many times the visa can be extended.

This visa can lead to indefinite leave to remain (ILR) status, and even eventually British citizenship, subject to the visa holder fulfilling the relevant criteria.

What are the requirements for an Isle of Man Innovator visa?

You will be entitled to apply for the Isle of Man Innovator visa if:

  • You wish to set up or run a business in the Isle of Man
  • You satisfy the Isle of Man Government’s other eligibility requirements for this visa
  • Your business or business idea has been endorsed by the Isle of Man Government’s Department for Enterprise

We have set out detailed information about the endorsement process further down this page. Nonetheless, it is a crucial stage, given that you will only be able to apply for the actual Isle of Man Innovator visa if you have first received a Letter of Endorsement.

This visa is aimed at individuals who already possess business experience, and who are interested in establishing, joining, or taking over one or multiple businesses in the British Crown Dependency.

As part of the application process, you will need to establish that your business or business idea is innovative, viable, and scalable. These can be explained as follows:

  • Innovative, in the sense that the business or business plan is original, meets new or existing needs, and/or creates a competitive advantage;
  • Viable, in the sense that you must have, or be in the process of developing, the required skills, knowledge, experience, and market awareness in order to successfully run the business;
  • Scalable, in the sense that there must be evidence of structured planning and potential job creation and growth into national markets.

As an applicant for an Isle of Man Innovator visa, you must also have a minimum of £50,000 to invest in the business. Those investment funds can include funds that have already been invested in the business over the last 12 months. The funds are required to be held in a regulated financial institution, and disposable in the Isle of Man.

The investment funds can be used for a variety of purposes, such as to support the setting-up of the business, the purchase of equipment, and regular ongoing expenditure, with potential examples of the latter including marketing, research, and development. The funds can also be used to pay the salaries of employees, but not your own salary as the Isle of Man Innovator visa holder.

As an applicant for the Isle of Man Innovator visa, you will also need to demonstrate – through your business plan – that your business anticipates the employment of one permanent employee on the Isle of Man, in addition to yourself, within the first 12 months of the period for which the Letter of Endorsement is issued. You will also need to demonstrate that during the initial 36 months of the period for which the endorsement letter is issued, you will create at least three full-time permanent employees.

This visa category also requires you to have a minimum of £945 in your account for your maintenance. This requirement will be per person if you will be bringing dependents with you (£630 for each dependent).

Finally, you might also be required to prove your knowledge of the English language when you submit an application for this visa. Your capability in this regard will need to be at B2 level.

Can I have a business partner who also requires a visa?

Yes, it is possible to apply through the Isle of Man Innovator visa route as a team of migrants who are business partners. However, if you take this path, it will be necessary for each member of the team to invest £50,000 in the business.

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Can I invest in an innovative business?

Yes, it is possible to obtain this visa by investing and participating in an existing business on the Isle of Man, rather than necessarily starting a new business.

Again, if you wish to take this path, a minimum investment of £50,000 will be required. You will also be obliged to satisfy the other eligibility requirements for this visa, including in relation to English-language proficiency, being at least 18 years old, and having received an endorsement from the Department for Enterprise of the Isle of Man Government.

How can I apply for an Isle of Man Innovator visa?

Once you have had your business or business idea assessed by the Department for Enterprise, and received a Letter of Endorsement, you will be able to apply for the actual visa online through the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website.

In order to apply for the visa, it will be necessary for you to provide your biometrics, consisting of your fingerprints and a facial photograph. This might require you to attend a visa application centre (VAC) operated by one of UKVI’s commercial partners. This process will enable you to obtain a biometric residence permit.

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What documents are required for an Isle of Man Innovator visa?

When you apply for the visa itself, you will need to provide with your application the Letter of Endorsement that should have been issued to you by the Isle of Man Government’s Department for Enterprise. If you do not have this document, you will not be permitted to apply for the visa.

You will also be expected to provide the following documents with your application:

  • A current passport or other valid travel identification
  • Bank statements showing that for 90 consecutive days prior to your visa application, you have had at least £945 in savings in your bank account
  • Proof that you satisfy the English-language requirement for the visa
  • Evidence of your investment funds, if you will be setting up a new business
  • The results of your tuberculosis test, if you are from a country for which this is a requirement

If any documents that you include as part of your application are in a language other than English, it will also be necessary to provide a certified translation of them. You will also need to have a blank page in your passport for the visa.

Please note that the above is not an exhaustive rundown of all the documents anyone could possibly need to submit when they apply for an Isle of Man Innovator visa. The exact requirements in your case will depend on your circumstances.

When you allow our experts at Cranbrook Legal to project-manage your visa application, we can work closely with you on the process of determining and gathering the necessary documents. This highly collaborative process will help ensure we put together an application that stands the strongest possible chance of a positive outcome.

For a more in-depth discussion about how we can assist with and manage your visa application when you team up with us, please don’t hesitate to call our legal professionals on 0208 215 0053 today.

What is an endorsement, and where can I get one from?

The term “endorsement” refers to the process by which your business or business idea will be endorsed, if you are seeking to obtain the Isle of Man Innovator visa. Indeed, you will not be able to apply for the actual visa until you have first received a Letter of Endorsement from the Isle of Man Department for Enterprise.

The endorsement stage is a crucial part of the Isle of Man Innovator visa process. It is this stage that enables the Isle of Man Government to satisfy itself that the given migrant applicant is suitable, and that the funds they intend to invest have been obtained legitimately.

How long does it take to get an Isle of Man Innovator visa?

The earliest that you will be able to apply for an Isle of Man Innovator visa, is three months prior to your intended travel to the British Crown Dependency.

It can be a complicated and lengthy process to apply for and get approval for an Isle of Man Innovator visa. This is especially so given the need to obtain an endorsement of your business or business idea from the territory’s Department for Enterprise, before you will be able to apply for the actual visa.

Once you have secured the Letter of Endorsement and submitted the visa application, and presuming you are applying from outside the Isle of Man and the UK, you should get a decision within six weeks. You could have a shorter wait, however, if you use the priority service.

What happens once I receive the Isle of Man Innovator visa?

As part of the application process when you are applying for this visa from outside the UK and the Isle of Man, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) – which is a division of the UK Home Office – will need to carry out its own checks. After this, the application will be referred to the Isle of Man Immigration Service for a decision to be made.

Once that decision has been made, UKVI will return to you the travel document and the vignette. From this point on, if you have been granted the visa, you will be able to start planning for your travel to and admission to the Isle of Man, subject to the specific conditions outlined for your visa.

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What happens if the Isle of Man Innovator visa is refused?

In the event that you are unsuccessful with your application for an Isle of Man Innovator visa, it is important that you seek out the advice of well-informed and experienced specialists in UK and Isle of Man immigration law. Such experts will be able to discuss your possible next steps, in light of the specifics of your case.

There is a wide range of reasons why an application for an Isle of Man Innovator visa may be refused. Common examples include the application including inaccurate or incomplete information, insufficient supporting documents having been provided, and/or the requirements of this immigration route having been misunderstood.

Naturally, by working closely with our experts at Cranbrook Legal, you can help ensure you do not make mistakes like this with your application in the first place.

Nonetheless, if your Isle of Man Innovator visa application is refused, there are certain options that you might pursue. One of these could be appealing the Immigration Officer’s decision.

The right of appeal is wider ranging in the Isle of Man than it is in some other jurisdictions, such as the United Kingdom. Nonetheless, this process is still subject to certain strict rules, with regard to the timing of any appeal and the type of evidence that the adjudicator can consider. So, it is important to appreciate that appealing might not necessarily be the right decision for you.

This is a subject that we will be able to advise you on further, if you are indeed turned down for an Isle of Man Innovator visa after submitting your initial application.

How long is the Isle of Man Innovator visa valid for?

If you apply for the Isle of Man Innovator visa and are successful, leave will be granted for three years. If, when this period of leave nears its end, you apply for and are granted an extension, you will be entitled to stay in the Isle of Man on this visa for an additional three years.

There is no overall limit to how long you can remain on an Isle of Man Innovator visa, provided that you are successful in extending it after each three-year period of leave.

Isle of Man Innovator Visa Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much does it cost?

Putting aside the cost of any solicitors that you engage to help you put together your application, the cost of your Isle of Man Innovator visa will depend on your exact situation, and where you apply for the visa. At the time of typing, those costs were as follows:

Who you’re applying for

If you’re applying from outside the Isle of Man and the UK

If you’re applying to extend or switch while in the Isle of Man or the UK

You

£1,021

£1,277

All dependants

£1,021 for each person

£1,277 for each person

We provide fixed-fee services to help make it easier for our clients to budget for their visa application and subsequent move to the Isle of Man. To find out more about our charges, including how we agree fees at the beginning of our relationship with each client, please do not hesitate to arrange a free consultation with us.

Yes, the Isle of Man Innovator visa provides a route by which you could eventually become a British citizen, subject to you meeting certain requirements.

When this visa is initially granted, it will remain valid for three years. After you have spent three years on the Isle of Man Innovator visa, you will be able to qualify for indefinite leave to remain (ILR). Again, this depends on you fulfilling certain requirements, such as having invested a minimum of £50,000 into your business, having sufficient knowledge of the English language, and being able to prove that you have spent a continuous period of three years in the Isle of Man.

With regard to the last of those requirements, you will not be allowed to be absent from the UK and Islands (Isle of Man, Guernsey, and Jersey) for more than 180 days in any 12-month period.

Looking further ahead, after another two years on the Isle of Man (and five years overall), you will be able to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen, in accordance with the British Nationality Act 1981.

If you wish to apply for British citizenship when you reach this stage, it will be crucial to ensure you have not been absent from the UK (which, for these purposes, is defined as including the Isle of Man) for more than 450 days in the preceding five-year period. You also must not have been absent for more than 90 days in the preceding 12 months.

There will be no need for you to pay an immigration health surcharge as a holder of, or applicant for the Isle of Man Innovator visa. The IHS is a policy of the UK Government, ostensibly meant to help cover the cost of UK healthcare for those making UK immigration applications.

The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown Dependency, with the UK Government responsible for its military defence and representation abroad. But the isle is not, and never has been, part of the United Kingdom, and has its own parliament, government, and laws. The UK IHS is not a policy of the Isle of Man Government.

There is only one endorsing body for the Isle of Man Innovator visa route: the Isle of Man Department for Enterprise. It is this Department that, as long as you fulfil the relevant requirements, will issue the Letter of Endorsement in support of your visa application.

The Department will only issue you with this endorsement letter if it is satisfied that your proposed business venture satisfies the requirements laid out in its Endorsement Policy at the time that your application is submitted.

Only after you have received this Letter of Endorsement, will you then be able to apply for the Isle of Man Innovator visa itself.

Yes, our specialists in Isle of Man immigration law have the knowhow, experience, and contacts to be able to help you put together a relevant and compelling business plan.

You might approach us having already prepared a business plan – in which case, we can help you in further developing it, to maximise the likelihood of the Isle of Man Department for Enterprise issuing you with the all-important Letter of Endorsement. This will then enable you to proceed with applying for the visa itself.

However, even if you enquire to us about the Isle of Man Innovator visa without a business plan, we have access to business ideas that are “endorsement-ready”. One of these ideas could therefore be selected and further developed for you by our team, to help you meet the requirements for the endorsement.

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Yes, it is possible through the Isle of Man Innovator visa route to bring family members with you – specifically your spouse or civil partner, and any dependent children under the age of 18. Any dependents will need to apply online in order to join you on this visa.

As well as your own maintenance funds, it will be expected that you will have an additional £630 in your bank account to support each dependent who accompanies you to the Isle of Man.

Furthermore, in order to meet the requirements for “indefinite leave to remain” (ILR) status, your dependents will need to comply with the “180-day rule”. Please note, however, that periods spent in the UK, Guernsey, or Jersey will not count towards the 180-day limit.

It is important to appreciate that while the Isle of Man is a British Crown Dependency, it is not in itself part of the UK. The Isle of Man has its own parliament, government, and immigration system, separate to the UK’s Home Office and Secretary of State for the Home Department.

In the event, then, that you are granted an Isle of Man Innovator visa that would entitle you to come and work in the Isle of Man, you cannot presume that this would give you any particular rights to live and/or work in the UK; this would depend on the specific policies of the UK Government at the given time.

What is true is that the Isle of Man is part of the Common Travel Area (CTA), which is a longstanding arrangement between the UK, Ireland, and the Crown Dependencies (Bailiwick of Jersey, Bailiwick of Guernsey, and the Isle of Man).

As a holder of the Isle of Man Innovator visa, you would therefore be entitled to travel freely around the CTA, in much the same way as UK visa holders are able to do so. However, such freedom of movement for travel purposes does not extend to the right to work in these territories; the Isle of Man Innovator visa grants rights that relate specifically to the Isle of Man.

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