Business visas in Scotland

There are different types of visa and immigration requirements to consider as a business or individual who wants to relocate to or invest in Scotland.


Scotland is governed by the same visa rules and legislation as the rest of the UK. There are a number of special business visa categories to ensure Scotland remains a competitive destination for investment.

Depending on the reason for coming to Scotland, there are a number of options open to people who require a UK visa.

Some options are short term and allow for visits to Scotland to search for investment and business opportunities, whereas other options are more permanent and allow for longer term permanent relocation of key investors and staff.

Who needs to apply for a visa before travelling to Scotland?

Some nationalities need to apply for a visa before travelling to Scotland. You can check if you need a UK visa on Gov.UK. Visa applications are made at UK Visa Application Centres.

There are more than 200 visa application centres worldwide. Priority processing is offered in over 100 of the centres and usually takes between three and seven days. A super priority visa service is also available in several countries – this provides a decision within 24 hours.

Certain types of visa can, over time, lead to permanent residence in the UK – also known as indefinite leave to remain – or eventually British citizenship.