Following amendments made to the Isle of Man Immigration (Fees) (No.2) Regulations 2020, brought to Tynwald on the 15th February 2022, the Isle of Man is removing its existing fee reduction provisions and exceptions in connection with certain immigration applications made in respect of a “CESC national”.
What is a CESC National?
A “CESC national” is a person who is a national of a State which has ratified the European Social Charter agreed by the Council of Europe at Turin on 18th October 1961 (CETS No. 035).
These include nationals in the following ‘CESC’ countries:
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia
- Slovak Republic
What was the fee reduction?
Certain CESC nationals from any of the eligible countries listed above were entitled to a £55 reduction in their visa application fee when applying for a visa or extending their stay.
A fee exception of £21 was also available for ‘the issuing of a certificate of sponsorship in respect of an application or potential application for leave to enter the Isle of Man or leave to remain in the Isle of Man as a Tier 5.’
Why have the fee reduction provisions and exceptions been removed?
The United Kingdom has denounced Article 18(2) of the Charter which provides for the reduction or abolition of charges paid by foreign workers and their employers.
The relevant fee reduction provisions and exceptions are therefore no longer required and are being removed from the UK’s fee regulations with effect from 26 February 2022.
The fee reductions are being removed from the Immigration (Fees) (No.2) Regulations 2020 (SD 2020/0142) (as amended) in line with the United Kingdom.
The Council of Ministers gave consent for the Isle of Man to be included in the UK’s denunciation of Article 18(2) of the European Social Charter.
The existing fee reduction provisions and exceptions are therefore removed.
When will the regulation come into effect?
The new regulations come into operation on the 26th February 2022