From time to time we are asked to advise on availability of NHS services for overseas visitors.
The Scottish Government’s overall approach is that:
“Overseas Visitors to Scotland, who have a legitimate reason to be here, will always be welcomed by the Scottish Government as they contribute to our economy as well as to our vibrancy and diversity as a nation.”
Guidance on what this means for various categories of visitor including short and long term visitors, students and those who come here legally to work is provided on the Scottish Government web site.
This guidance, which is not legally binding and should not be regarded as a complete and authoritative statement of law, is aimed at explaining, and providing a balanced interpretation of, the Regulations for healthcare providers who deal with overseas visitors on a regular basis. It also covers other matters relevant to overseas visitors’ use of NHS care and services while in Scotland.
Further information on rights to health care and services for overseas visitors, including downloadable factsheets are available from Your Health, Your Rights.
These factsheets cover topics including visiting for work, study, asylum seekers, holiday makers and are available in large print, audio and in various languages.
Preventing Illegal Working
The UK Border Agency UKBA) is responsible for securing the UK border and controlling migration in the UK. They manage border control for the UK, enforcing immigration and customs regulations. They also provide advice on entry into the UK, consider applications for permission to enter or stay in the UK, and for citizenship and asylum.
Illegal working hurts good business, undercuts legal workers and creates illegal profits. It also puts illegal workers themselves at great risk. By working together with employers, the UKBA aims to ‘level the playing field’ and tackle the exploitation of vulnerable migrants. Illegal working in the UK should be reported to the police or the UKBA who will investigate.
Unless an employer checks that all prospective employees have the right to work in the UK, it risks breaking the law and could receive a substantial fine.
The overwhelming majority of employers and migrants to the UK are law-abiding and want to comply with their legal obligations. The UKBA is keen to support them and make this as simple as possible.
Preventing illegal working (UKBA)
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