Immigration and Scotland Contents


1 Introduction

Current immigration framework

Our inquiry

2 Scotland’s immigration needs

Demographic challenges

Economic challenges

The role of migration in meeting demographic and economic challenges

3 Lessons from the current immigration system for non-EU nationals

UK’s points based visa system

Tier 2 visas

Complexity of visa arrangements

Visa cap and salary levels

Shortage occupation lists

Immigration skills charge

4 EU migration and the impact of Brexit

Post-Brexit arrangements for EU citizens currently living in Scotland

The future of freedom of movement

General principles of a replacement system

Seasonal agriculture workers scheme

5 International students

Tier 4 visas

Students and the net migration target

Post-study work visas

6 Increasing Scottish influence on immigration policy

Greater influence within the existing UK immigration system

Shortage occupation list for Scotland and Scottish representation on MAC

Joint Ministerial Committee on immigration

Differentiation within the existing UK immigration system

Regional visas

Arguments for and against differentiation

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 11 July 2018