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Scotlands Migration Service

Support provided by Scottish Government

What does this involve?

Scotland’s Migration Service provides information and legal advice to help Scottish employers navigate the UK immigration system to meet their recruitment and staff needs.

Developed by the Scottish Government, the service also provides information and legal advice to investors seeking to set up or expand their business in Scotland. 

Employers and investors can find information on a range of topics, including how to get a sponsor’s licence and the visa routes available for staff and investors. You can also book free one-to-one appointments with a qualified immigration lawyer to receive clear, confidential, and personalised advice.  

The Scottish Government has partnered with the immigration law firm Seraphus to provide this advice.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for an appointment with an immigration lawyer, you should be (one of the following)

  • an organisation or employer based in Scotland that wants to employ international staff
  • an overseas business that wants to expand your business in Scotland
  • an individual, business investor or entrepreneur who wants to set up a business in Scotland

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This service is for employers based in Scotland and overseas investors.

How long does this take?

You can browse the online information at your own pace.

The appointments with an immigration lawyer are an hour long each and can be booked Monday to Friday. Your adviser may offer 2 follow-up appointments, depending on your circumstances.

Important information

In autumn 2024, new sections will be added to the website to cover a broader range of subjects. More services will also be available, including webinars and online resources.  

This service does not provide ongoing support or legal representation. If you require ongoing legal representation, you should visit the websites for the Law Society of Scotland and the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.

Next steps

Visit the website for more information and to book an appointment.

Support provided by Scottish Government