Scotland Welcome Pack for British Nationals (Overseas) from Hong Kong

A guide for adults and dependants who have been granted leave on the new British National (Overseas) visa to access public services and make the most of the opportunities in Scotland.


On behalf of the Scottish Government, it is my pleasure to welcome you and your family to Scotland.

Scotland has a long history of welcoming people of all nationalities and faiths. And we want to ensure people are treated with dignity and respect as they settle into new lives here.

The Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting people arriving is emphasised through the New Scots Refugee Integration Delivery Project which offers small, medium or large grants to organisations to either widen existing work, or start new initiatives which assist those who have had to flee their own country to escape war and terror.

We are committed to supporting integration of new Scots into our communities and confident that Scotland will benefit from their presence as they share their culture, build businesses, work in our public services, volunteer their skills and form friendships.

We want Scotland to continue to be a diverse country and a confident and responsible global citizen. The Scottish Government will continue to promote a welcoming environment for new Scots and their families.

Whilst I am sure you have and will face many challenges uprooting your family and beginning a new life on the other side of the world, I have no doubt that you are going to feel very much at home here.

I hope this guide provides you with some assistance in building a new life for you and your family in Scotland. This guide contains useful information about accessing that support, such as advice for finding housing, employment and a school for your children.

I hope this information makes your move as successful as it can be for yourself, for your family. We are honoured that you have chosen to make Scotland your home.

Angus Robertson, Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture
Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government



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