NHS Scotland staff can keep up-to-date with developments around the UK-EU negotiations and EU citizens' rights by:
Information on the UK's possible exit from the European Union (Brexit) and how it may affect people and businesses in Scotland is available on the Scottish Government's website.
Visit the European Commission's website on citizen's rights:
Legal / Immigration Advice
Staff in need of legal advice specific to immigration law may wish to visit the Law Society Scotland’s website. Here you will find details of solicitors throughout Scotland who are able to provide specialist immigration advice.
Further advice on Immigration can be found through the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). The OISC regulates immigration advice and services under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and can provide details on registered immigration advisers.
Other Useful Resources
Home Office Communication - Please visit the following website to the latest Home Office letter providing details of the planned EU Settlement Scheme.
Home Office Communication
The UK Government has a web page with the latest information on the EU. Immigration is fully reserved to the UK Government and the web page includes the UK Government’s policy paper “Safeguarding the Position of EU Citizens in the UK and UK Nationals in the EU”. Download the paper from:
The paper sets out the UK Government’s offer to EU citizens in the UK and provides details on how to apply for a residence document.
The Scottish Government has published a response to the UK Government’s policy paper, entitled: “Protecting the Rights of EU Citizens: Scottish Government Response to UK Government Citizens’ Rights Paper”. The Scottish Government also has information for anyone with concerns or questions on citizenship and residency. You can read the paper at:
Paul Gray, Chief Executive for NHS Scotland has written to NHS Boards to outline the Scottish Government’s priority is to ensure that individuals’ rights and place in Scotland are protected, as well as offering information and assistance.
Staff can also view the Department for Exiting the European Union website for the latest information and position papers via the following link:
TalentScotland is part of Scotland’s economic development agency Scottish Enterprise, and provides general information through their website about living and working in Scotland. Information on British citizenship requirements and residency for EU and EEA nationals has been added, and this includes signposting to relevant Home Office guidance and application forms. Visit:
Please note, TalentScotland cannot provide legal or immigration advice to individuals on their personal circumstances. However, as this is a complex legal area, links are provided to immigration specialists who are qualified to provide professional advice.
EU and EAA citizens should note that the UK naturalisation costs were increased at the beginning of October, please see attached link for more information:
* The European Economic Area (EEA) includes EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market and therefore Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.
EU countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.