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An exemption from work permit requirements for seasonal employment in the Hospitality sector will be reintroduced this year to cover the summer season from 1st March 2018 – 31st October 2018. Use of the exemptions is dependent on employees meeting certain criteria, including a minimum of 12 months’ work experience in the sector.

Employers within the Hospitality sector can make a request to the Department for specific roles to be exempted, on the basis that no suitable Isle of Man Workers are available to fill the roles. To make use of the exemptions, employers are required to complete a simple registration form, which is available here, setting out details of the employment capacities for which exemptions are sought.

Once recruitment is completed, the employer must then provide details of exempted workers prior to the commencement of work. There are certain eligibility criteria and conditions which are attached to the exemptions, and the Department has prepared some Guidance Notes for more information.

The Seasonal exemption is only available for workers from within the EEA. Exemptions cannot be used to employ workers with an unspent criminal conviction.

Any enquiries regarding seasonal work permit exemptions should be sent to




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