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Immigration Office announces new English language requirement 5 May 2011

ANYONE who is a non-European migrant and wants to enter or extend their stay in the Isle of Man as the partner of a British citizen or a person settled here must now show that they can speak and understand English.

This requirement was introduced on 28 February 2011 and must be met by anyone who is:

  • a national of a country outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland
  • in a relationship with a British citizen or a person settled here
  • wants to apply to enter or remain in the Isle of Man as that person's husband, wife, civil partner, fiance(e), proposed civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner

The new requirement applies to applications for entry clearance, leave to enter, leave to remain and further leave to remain. It does not apply to indefinite leave to remain or citizenship applications where the existing Knowledge of Life (Life in the UK and Islands test) requirement continues to apply.

How can an applicant meet the new English language requirement? An applicant can meet the requirement in one of the following ways:

  1. by passing an acceptable test at a minimum level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) with an approved provider, or
  2. by being a national of a majority English speaking country, or
  3. by having an academic qualification equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in the UK which was taught in English

A person who is applying abroad for leave to enter the Isle of Man to join their partner who is settled here will need to prove their ability to speak and understand English when they apply for their visa. A person who is in the Isle of Man in another category and wants to apply to stay in the Isle of Man as the partner of a settled person will need to prove their English ability when they apply to the Isle of Man Immigration Office for permission to stay.

Further details can be found here

Those persons who are already here as the partner of a settled person would, after they have been here for two years, normally be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain, provided they have passed the ‘Knowledge of Life in the UK and Islands’ test (KOL). Anyone who has not passed the KOL and applies for further leave to stay will, at that stage, need to meet the new English language requirement. There will be period of transition for these applicants to allow for this requirement or KOL to be met.

Further information can be obtained from the Immigration Office on 685203. Anyone who is in the Isle of Man and thinks they may need to meet the English language requirement for an application to stay here as the partner of a settled person should contact the Isle of Man College on 648203 for information about the availability of English courses and tests.

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