EU Settlement scheme

The Scottish Government have relaunched their 'Stay in Scotland' campaign to encourage EU citizens to apply to the UK Government's EU Settlement Scheme before the deadline of 30 June 2021.



Those who employ EEA and Swiss citizens should be aware of this deadline to ensure that any qualifying employees can remain in Scotland beyond the 30 June 2021 deadline. The Scottish Government have published materials for stakeholders to help support EU citizens which are available here and can be shared with those who may need guidance.

EU Settlement Scheme

EU citizens living in Scotland need to apply under the EU Settlement Scheme to continue to live, work or study in Scotland after the deadline of 30 June 2021. For more details, please see the guidance here. Employers may want to direct employees to the information in the Stay in Scotland campaign to help ensure that their applications are made in time.

Irish citizens and those who have indefinite leave to remain do not have to apply.

Frontier Worker Permits and other visa routes

From 1 July 2021, anyone entering the UK from the EU will need to have a permit if they want to work in the UK.

Routes for EU citizens to enter the UK for work after 1 July 2021 include frontier worker permits (more details on this route are available here) or other routes available under the points-based system (see here for more information). You may wish to highlight the frontier worker permit guidance to your workers to make sure that any applications are made with plenty of time to spare as workers will require them to enter the UK for work purposes from 1 July 2021.


The Scottish Government's toolkit to support EU citizens is available at here.