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Entry clearance for the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man - Common Travel Area
Paragraph 15 of the Immigration Rules states that the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland collectively form a common travel area. A person who has been examined for the purpose of immigration control at the point at which he entered the area does not normally require leave to enter any other part of it. However certain persons subject to the Immigration (Control of Entry through the Republic of Ireland) Order 1972 (as amended) who enter the United Kingdom through the Republic of Ireland do require leave to enter. This includes:
Those who merely passed through the Republic of Ireland.
Persons requiring visas.
Persons who entered the Republic of Ireland unlawfully.
Persons who are subject to directions given by the Secretary of State for their exclusion from the United Kingdom on the ground that their exclusion is conducive to the public good.
Persons who entered the Republic from the United Kingdom and Islands after entering there unlawfully or overstaying their leave.
A UK entry clearance is valid anywhere in the Common Travel Area, subject to the requirements below for referral. In practice, this means that only one UK entry clearance is to be issued where a person intends to travel directly or en route to the UK, Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man. There is no requirement for entry clearance to be endorsed to show a particular Island in question.
Biometric residence permits
Persons granted a visa or entry clearance for the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man will not receive a biometric residence permit. These persons will instead receive vignettes showing the full period of the leave to enter granted.
Which islands comprise the Channel Islands? The Channel Islands are comprised of the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey (which includes Hern, Sark and Alderney).
We must not collect biometrics from any applicants seeking to travel directly to the Channel Islands without passing through the UK, as we do not have the legal power to do so. Where an applicant intends to transit the UK en route to the Channel Islands, biometrics should be enrolled.
Posts should be vigilant for applicants who may choose to apply for a visa for the Channel Islands solely in order to evade the biometric requirement with the intention of gaining entry to the UK and subsequently seeking to remain in the UK. Please advise the UKBAIG Control Quality team of any rise in suspected cases.
The Channel Islands have not introduced the points-based system (PBS) but will recognise Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) and Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) only. All other employment routes will continue to be administered under their work permit scheme.
Students and Student visitors
Applicants seeking to enter as a student should complete VAF3A and a visa national coming as a student visitor should complete VAF1D. The institution is not required to be the holder of a Sponsor license for Tier 4 of the Points-Based-System or the holder of valid accreditation or of a valid and satisfactory full institutional inspection, review or audit. The decision, as to whether or not, the educational institution is acceptable will rest with the appropriate Island.
English language test
Applicants will meet this requirement if they provide an original certificate from a test provider approved by the UK Visas and Immigration, or one of the following educational institutions in the Channel Islands, showing that they have achieved the minimum standard of English required for the immigration category in which they are applying:
Highlands CollegeP.O. Box 1000St SaviourJerseyJE4 9QATelephone: +44 (0) 1534 608608Facsimile: +44 (0) 1534 608600Email; email@example.com
The Guernsey College of Further EducationRoute des CoutanchezSt Peter PortGuernseyGY1 2TTTelephone: +44 (0) 1481 737500Facsimile: +44 (0) 1481 746730
Referral of applications
Applications need not be referred if the person applies in the following categories:
EEA Family Permits.
Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme).
In such cases, entry clearance may be issued subject to a check against the warning lists and provided the requirements of the Rules / EEA Regulations have been met. However, where the applicant does not satisfy the ECO the application must be referred to the appropriate Island, by e-mail, and include the Channel Islands and Isle of Man Referral Form.
Applications for all other purposes must be referred to the appropriate Island for authority to issue or refuse, by e-mail and include the Channel Islands and Isle of Man Referral Form and, in particular, ensure a recommendation is included. There is no need, initially, to send the VAF and supporting documents, the individual Islands’ authority will request supporting documentation if required.
All organ donation entry clearance applications must be referred to the appropriate Island for authority to issue or refuse, by email and include the Channel Islands and Isle of Man Referral Form.
Notice of Decision to Refuse
The Channel Island authorities will complete a refusal of entry clearance notice, setting out the reasons why the applicant does not meet the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules.
This notice will also explain that an applicant does not have a legal right of appeal if they are refused an entry clearance, in any category, to the Channel Islands. However, an applicant who wishes to make representations and ask for the decision to be reviewed should contact the appropriate Island authority in writing.The ECO is responsible for sending this notice to the applicant. ECOs should not use their own refusal notices.
An applicant does not have the right of appeal under immigration legislation if they are refused an entry clearance for the Channel Islands, in any category. However, an applicant who wishes to make representations and ask for the decision to be reviewed should contact the appropriate Island authority in writing.
The fees chart is available on The Consular Fees Order 2010, the section on Crown Dependencies applies.
The Isle of Man
All applications must be referred, this includes those applicants intending to visit the island for a short visit, for example, a week’s stay in a hotel. The ECO must refer the application to the Isle of Man, by email, and include the Channel Islands and Isle of Man Referral Form, and, in particular, ensure a recommendation is included. The Isle of Man Immigration Office will ask that the VAF and supporting documents be sent, by e-mail or fax, if further information is required, and always where a refusal is likely.
The Isle of Man has now introduced the remaining Tiers of the points-based system in line with the United Kingdom (Tiers 1,2, 4 and 5) from 26 July 2010. As the requirements are identical to those of the UK the applicant should complete the VAF9 and Self Assessment form and use the UK’s points-based calculator.
Isle of Man Sponsors and Certificate of Sponsorship details will not appear on UK systems and all PBS applications should be forwarded to the Isle of Man Immigration Office for checks on IOM systems. The relevant points-based system self-assessment form should be included with the Channel Islands and Isle of Man referral form.
On 28 February 2011 the Isle of Man Immigration Rules were amended to introduce a new English Language requirement for applicants applying for leave to enter or remain in the Isle of Man under Part 8 of the Immigration Rules as the spouse, civil partner, same-sex partner or unmarried partner of a sponsor who is British or is present and settled in the UK.
How does the applicant satisfy the requirement?
By passing a test with an approved provider; or
By having a degree taught in English including masters degrees and PhDs; or
By having any Masters degree or PhD obtained in the UK; or
By having any Masters degree or PhD obtained in one of our list of majority English speaking countries.
It is assumed that the above qualifications have been taught in English in line with the points based system.
Any masters degree or PhD not obtained in the UK or a majority English speaking country which UK NARIC can verify was taught in English or can be verified by other evidence by being a citizen or national of a majority English language speaking country (which is specified in the relevant Immigration Rule) will also satisfy the requirement.
Which countries are classified as a ‘majority English speaking country’?
The applicant is deemed to meet the requirement if they are a national of one of the following countries:
Antigua and Barbuda.
St Kitts and Nevis.
St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Trinidad and Tobago.
The United States of America
An original current valid passport or travel document will be required. A dual national may apply for either nationality.
The Isle of Man has laid Regulations which reflect our own UK Immigration (Provision of Physical Data) Regulations 2006. This allows for the collection of biometric data of any applicant seeking to travel directly to the Isle of Man.
The fees chart is available on The Consular Fees Order 2010, the section on Crown Dependencies applies.
The Isle of Man has an appeals system that is similar in all respects to that operated in the rest of the UK. The Isle of Man authorities will complete a refusal notice which also outlines the rights of appeal and which should be served on the applicant together with the Appeal form supplied (Isle of Man Appeal Form 1A). All papers should go to the Isle of Man Immigration Office (address below) and not to the First Tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber (IAC).
The Republic of Ireland - How do I process applications for transit to the Republic of Ireland?
Paragraph 47 of the Immigration Rules on visitors in transit does not apply to people wanting to transit the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) en route to the Republic of Ireland.
ECOs can issue a visit visa to a person in transit to the Republic of Ireland if:
the applicant gives the ECO evidence that they will be allowed to enter the Republic of Ireland for example, they have a visa; and
they meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules for visitors.
How do I process applications from EEA nationals and their family members to the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man?
European Economic Area (EEA) nationals exercising Treaty rights do not require leave to enter, or remain in, the Islands. This is because although under Article 227 of the Treaty of Rome, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not part of the European Union, a modified section of the Immigration Act 1988 does apply to the islands.
Non-EEA family members of an EEA national who wish to live in the Islands should make an application for an EEA family permit. The ECO does not need to refer these applications to the Channel Island authorities (see CTA3.3 above) but must refer any such applications to the Isle of Man where applicable.
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