New to Scotland?

We’ve pulled together some online resources and helpful information for refugees, migrant workers and asylum seekers.

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How Skills Development Scotland can help

We can help as you explore your employment or training options.

There's lots of advice here on My World of Work. Or you can speak to a careers adviser if you need more support – use our search to find your local centre.

Our careers advisers can also help you find out how qualifications from outwith the UK compare to qualifications here in Scotland. Alternatively, you can go direct to NARIC – the UK's National Recognition Information Centre – but this will incur a cost.

Need help with English?

If English isn’t your first language, you can take a course in English for Speakers of Other Languages to improve your language skills and build your confidence. Visit the ESOL website for more information and to find courses.

Visas, immigration and taxes

Help for Refugees

The Scottish Refugee Council (SRC) offers a Refugee Integration Service in Glasgow for people who have been granted leave to remain following an asylum claim and are currently living in Scotland.

Visit the website to find out more or call 0141 248 9799 to make an appointment.

Universities Scotland has published Refugees Welcome. This is for current and future students and their universities. 

Refugee integration loan

You can apply for a refugee integration loan to pay for a rent deposit or rent, household items or education and training for work. You should get in touch with your local Jobcentre Plus before applying as you may be entitled to other help too.  

Help for international students

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (CISA) has helpful advice and information for international students who are studying, or want to study, in the UK.

The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) also has guides on Finding your way to work and runs job search and career planning sessions online.

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