Visa and immigration
Before you start a great relationship, let’s make sure you can move in with us. Scotland has a well-deserved reputation for offering an incredibly warm and open welcome to all who choose to come here. This reception is so good, that some people simply never want to leave, and really, we cannot blame them.
If you are planning to come to Scotland to live, work, study, visit, or invest, it is important to make sure you have the right information regarding visas and immigration.
If you are visiting for tourism or short business trips, it is sometimes possible to travel without a visa. However, anyone who is not British or European (EU and EEA nationals) will generally need a visa for longer visits to Scotland, including working or studying.
See the information below for more tips on what you will need when planning your trip.
EU AND EEA CITIZENS
Coming to Scotland is simple if you are British or from one of our neighbours in the European Economic Area (EEA). No visa is currently required and you have the right to live and work in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
If you wish to more officially register your presence in Scotland, you can apply for an EEA residence permit or even a permanent residence.
STAYING IN SCOTLAND AS AN EU NATIONAL
In June 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU in the EU referendum (known as Brexit) and since then there has been a lot of discussion about what it means for European citizens. currently living here. We consider that EU nationals residing in Scotland are an integral part of what makes Scotland great and want to maintain these close ties. Read the Scottish government’s position on EU citizens in Scotland.
The British government has confirmed that it has now reached an agreement with the European Commission on the rights of citizens. The UK government has released details on the settlement system for EEA nationals and announces that it will open fully by March 2019.
MOVING TO SCOTLAND FROM OUTSIDE THE EU
From the United States and Canada to China, Australia, and everywhere else, Scotland welcomes people from all over the world every day. The good news is that with the right visa, you can come and join them!
The type of visa you need will depend on some different factors and you can apply for more than one type of visa. You must remember to request your documentation before travelling to Scotland, as you may be refused entry if you do not have the required papers.
BRING YOUR FAMILY
Moving to Scotland is an incredibly exciting opportunity and we know you may want to share this adventure with your family. It is important to organize visas and permits for your partner and your children before they arrive to help them settle into their new life easily.
VISIT SCOTLAND FROM OUTSIDE THE EU
From ruined castles to pristine beaches, breathtaking landscapes to bustling city centres, you’ll never be stuck for something to do on a trip to Scotland. With so much to choose between its important, make sure your documentation is sorted so you can start working.
STUDYING IN SCOTLAND OUTSIDE THE EU
If you come from outside the UK, you may need a visa to study in Scotland. It is extremely important to make sure you have the right type of visa while studying in Scotland. There are several different categories which depend on the type, of course, you are studying, your age and the length of your stay in the country.
INVEST IN SCOTLAND OUTSIDE THE EU
Now is a great time to invest in Scotland, with a wide range of opportunities across the country in all of our key growth areas. Scotland is also the UK’s most successful part of spinoff creations, underscoring our commitment to investing in new and emerging ideas.