To address the acute risk of labour shortages and a skills gap in Scotland post-Brexit, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has proposed a visa route for Scotland .

“Migration is an issue which is crucial for our future, but the Scottish Government doesn’t currently have the powers needed to deliver tailored immigration policies for Scotland."

“Devolving immigration powers by introducing a Scottish Visa would allow Scotland to attract and retain people with the skills and attributes we need for our communities and economy to flourish.”

It may not be necessary to devolve powers to achieve a Scottish visa route. This could fit within proposals for the shake up of our points based system as it is suggested that there could be additional points allocated when an applicant is proposing to work in a given sector and/or a given geographical area. For a full discussion of the proposed 2021 immigration system, take a look at my article