Visa guidance for employers

Find visa information for employers on checking eligibility, preventing illegal working, switching or extending a visa and more.

Preventing illegal working

As an employer in Scotland, you're legally required to prevent illegal working. Find out what you need to do.

Check eligibility to work in Scotland

As an employer in Scotland, you must check a person’s eligibility to work in the UK before you employ them to work for you.

Visa restrictions

Wondering which migrants your organisation can employ in Scotland? Use our quick reference employer guide.

Switching or extending a visa

When recruiting you may receive job applications from people who are already in the UK on different types of visas - find out if they can change their visas.

Employing a British citizen

As an employer in Scotland you can hire a British national without restriction - this means that they don't need a visa to work.

Employing EEA and Swiss nationals

Generally EEA citizens may enter and remain in Scotland and the rest of the UK without restriction and do not require a visa to do so.

Employing all other nationalities

Nationals of countries outside the European Economic Area require a visa if they wish to work in the United Kingdom.

Employing asylum seekers and refugees

Most asylum seekers don't have the right to work in the UK. You can hire someone with refugee status.

If you have any questions or want to talk with one of our advisers, we’re always ready to help.