Employing a British citizen

As an employer in Scotland you can hire a British national without restriction. This means they are entitled to live and work here and the rest of the UK and do not require a visa to do so.


A 'British national' can broadly be defined as someone who either has a British passport or is entitled to obtain one. There are different methods for acquiring a British passport such as through birth, descent or residence.

Those from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man may also work without restriction in the UK.

Employing family members of British citizens

Non European Economic Area (EEA) nationals who are married to, or children of, British citizens may apply to enter the UK. Those in the UK on this basis are generally entitled to work without restriction. However, if there are any restrictions, they will be outlined on their Biometric Residence Card or other documents legally giving them the right to be in the UK.

Spouses, civil partners, unmarried partners and dependent family members of migrants on a Points-Based System visa (Tier 1, 2, 4 or 5 visas) can apply to join them in Scotland and are able to work in the UK.

Those on a dependant visa are generally able to work in the UK.

UK Ancestry

UK Ancestry visas are available to Commonwealth citizens who have a British grandparent. This visa lasts for five years. People who hold this type of visa can work in the UK without restriction for its duration.