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IoM Relaxes Work Permit Rules

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
27 July, 2015

The Isle of Man has announced improvements to its work permit system for companies hiring non-residents.

From October 1, 2015, most work permits will be issued for a period of five years, removing the requirement for annual renewals. The Government will also have more flexibility to grant or to remove exemptions for work permits, and it will be easier for the spouses or civil partners of permit holders, or those of people who are exempt from work permit requirements, to work on the island.

From December 2015, it will also be possible to apply for a work permit online.

Minister for Economic Development Laurence Skelly said: "These changes will help our drive towards even greater economic growth and recognize the increasingly diverse and dynamic economy in the Isle of Man. They balance the interests and needs of local employers, Isle of Man workers, and prospective workers and their families."

"We wanted to give greater certainty and reassurance to the spouses and civil partners of workers who are contemplating working in the Isle of Man."

"Together with the other initiatives outlined in the Chief Minister's speech, I am confident that we have significantly improved the Isle of Man's offering for employers and potential investors."

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