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Living in Scotland guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Scotland with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Land of legends and traditions, Scotland has been attracting many expatriates over the years by providing quality living and various opportunities.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Foreign nationals coming from European Union countries do not need a visa to travel to Scotland. Others may require an appropriate visa.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • If you are planning to settle in Scotland, you will probably need a visa depending on the purpose and duration of your stay, as well as your nationality.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Setting up a business abroad can seem confusing for expatriates, but if you have chosen Scotland, relating procedures are rather simple.

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  • Scotland attracts not only foreign professionals but also students and trainees looking forward to perform an internship in the country.

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  • If you wish to work in one of the biggest Scottish cities, why not turn to Dundee which provides various opportunities to foreign professionals?

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  • Located in the Northeast UK, Aberdeen is deemed to be a real gem as the third biggest Scottish city and European offshore petroleum hub.

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  • Although Edinburgh is the Scottish capital city, Glasgow is a key destination for foreign professionals looking for new opportunities.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Being the 4th biggest Scottish city, Dundee provides not only opportunities but also a range of accommodation to expatriates wishing to settle there.

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  • Finding affordable accommodation in Aberdeen, one of the biggest Scottish cities, should not be a very difficult task provided you are on the spot.

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  • Glasgow is by far Scotland's biggest and most densely populated this. However, it can be quite difficult to find accommodation there.

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  • Located on the East coast, Edinburgh is the Scottish capital city. It provides not only various opportunities but also accommodation to expatriates.

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  • If you are moving to Scotland, you should know beforehand that it can be quite complicated to find accommodation from abroad.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Every year, Scotland welcomes thousands of foreign students looking forward to benefit from its excellent higher education system.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Foreign nationals moving to Scotland with a valid visa are eligible to health care services via the National Health Service (NHS).

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • If you have decided to live, work or retire in Scotland, you will probably want to open a bank account. Relating procedures are quite simple.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • By moving to Scotland, whether you are going to work or you have retired, you will have to pay different types of taxes at current rates.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Like most European capital cities, Edinburgh also has a wide and developed transports network that can take you anywhere at affordable rates.

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  • Scotland hosts a wide and developed transport network that will allow you to travel through any city or region at quite affordable rates.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Scotland's road network is quite similar to that of many European countries. Therefore, driving in the country should be rather easy.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Scotland requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • On moving to Scotland, you can stay in touch with your dear ones thanks to a developed communications network, including many service providers.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Edinburgh, the Scottish capital city, provides a wide range of leisure activities to foreign nationals who are planning to settle there.

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  • As a historically and culturally rich country, Scotland has so much to offer to expatriates during their leisure time.

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  • When moving to Scotland, you will discover a historically and culturally rich country with a warm population having a traditional lifestyle.

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  • If you wish to travel to Scotland with your pet, it will have to comply with some formalities and conditions depending on its country of origin.

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