Ukraine Advice Scotland
Our Ukraine Advice Scotland project has been funded by the Scottish Government to provide free, confidential legal advice and information to Ukrainians and their families on legal routes for seeking safety in Scotland.
You can access our service, which is staffed by qualified solicitors and legal caseworkers by either:
Telephone: 0800 995 6045
Tuesday from 10am to 1pm (UK time)
Thursday from 10am to 1pm (UK time)
Frequently Asked Questions
I do not speak English, can you provide advice in other languages?
Our advice services operate in English, but we can provide legal advice in other languages, such as Ukrainian, Russian or Polish, via interpreters on our legal telephone helpline.
If you would like to access our helpline using an interpreter please email us first and we can arrange this, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I live in Scotland and have a question about sponsoring a Ukrainian refugee – can you provide advice?
We can only provide advice to Ukrainians and their family members who require help with understanding the legal immigration routes for seeking safety in Scotland.
If you have a query about sponsoring a Ukrainian refugee in Scotland, you can read further details here: Homes for Ukraine
If you are looking for more information about the support available to Ukrainians arriving in Scotland, you can contact: Scottish Refugee Council Ukraine Family Project or by telephone on 0808 196 7274
I am not based in Scotland or am not planning to travel to Scotland, can you still provide advice?
This service is only for Ukrainians and their family members who are seeking safety in Scotland. If you are seeking advice about travelling to other parts of the UK – England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you might be able to obtain assistance from these organisations:
- Ukraine Advice Project by email to email@example.com
- Here for Good by completing this online form
- Settled (for EEA citizens and family members) – by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Worker Support Centre
We have received funding to set up a Worker Support Centre. This centre is the first point of contact for all workers on the Seasonal Workers Visa (SWV) in Scotland including those of Ukrainian nationality. This centre is linked to Ukraine Advice Scotland but is open to any worker irrespective of nationality.
The centre is led by two migrant outreach workers, supported by legal staff at JustRight Scotland and a consultant expert in labour exploitation.
Factsheet on Immigration and Asylum Legal Routes to Scotland
The following factsheet will help you better understand the key legal routes to safety in Scotland for Ukrainians and their family members. The factsheet covers routes to safety for people outside of the UK, as well as for people who have already entered the UK, as well as answering questions about entry through the Republic of Ireland.
- Factsheet on Legal Routes to Scotland for Ukrainians – English
- Factsheet on Legal Routes to Scotland for Ukrainians – Ukrainian version
- Factsheet on Legal Routes to Scotland for Ukrainians – Russian version
- Visa Delays – Frequently Asked Questions
- Arriving in Scotland – Frequently Asked Questions
Leaflets for Ukrainian Refugees
The following information will help you better understand the role of a sponsor, how to identify someone when you are unsure of their intentions or what to do if you are in a situation that feels uncomfortable.
Our leaflets – developed in partnership with the Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA), are available in three languages: Ukrainian, Russian and English.
To access our files, please click below:
- Leaflet for Ukrainian Refugees – Ukrainian version
- Leaflet for Ukrainian Refugees – Russian version
- Leaflet for Ukrainian Refugees – English version
This service is funded by the Scottish Government.
EU Citizens and Your Right to Access Social Work Support (PDF)
This factsheet provides a brief summary of your right to access benefits and social work support as an EU citizen in Scotland.
Rights of Ukrainians seeking safety in Scotland – Access to Healthcare (PDF)
Access to Healthcare
This factsheet provides a brief summary of your right to access National Health Service (NHS) healthcare for people from Ukraine who are seeking safety in Scotland
Rights of Ukrainians seeking safety in Scotland – Access to Welfare Benefits (aged 66 or over) (PDF)
Access to Welfare Benefits (aged 66 or over)
This factsheet provides a brief summary of the possible access to welfare benefits for people aged 66 and older, who are from Ukraine seeking safety in Scotland
Rights of Ukrainians seeking safety in Scotland – Access to Welfare Benefits (aged under 66) (PDF)
Access to Welfare Benefits (aged under 66)
This factsheet provides a brief summary of the possible access to welfare benefits for people aged under 66, who are from Ukraine seeking safety in Scotland
Rights of Ukrainians seeking safety in Scotland – Housing and Homelessness Support (PDF)
Housing and Homelessness Support
This factsheet provides a brief summary of the Housing and Homelessness Support available to people from Ukraine who are seeking safety in Scotland.
Rights of Ukrainians seeking safety in Scotland – Right to Study (PDF)
Right to Study
This factsheet provides a brief summary of the right to study for Ukrainians seeking safety in Scotland.
Rights of Ukrainians seeking safety in Scotland – Right to Work (PDF)
Right to Work
This factsheet provides a brief summary of your right to work if you are arriving in Scotland from Ukraine.
Ukraine Advice Scotland – Arriving in Scotland – Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
This factsheet provides brief information about arriving in Scotland after your Homes for Ukraine Scheme visa is granted.
Ukraine Advice Scotland – Factsheet on Immigration and Asylum Legal Routes to Scotland (PDF)
Immigration and Asylum Legal Routes
This factsheet provides a brief summary of legal immigration routes for Ukrainians seeking safety in Scotland.
Ukraine Advice Scotland – Visa Delays – Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Visa Delays – Frequently Asked Questions
This factsheet provides brief information about the issues with delay in the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.
Training & Events
Immigration Law Masterclass Conference 2022 (PDF)
Delegates will have an opportunity to hear from distinguished Counsel at the Scottish Bar as well as expert practitioners from leading immigration firms throughout Scotland.
The event will be chaired by Bilaal Shabbir, incoming Devil at the Faculty of Advocates. Other speakers will include:
- Stuart McWilliams (Partner, Morton Fraser LLP)
- Jacqueline Moore (Director, Shepherd & Wedderburn)
- Stephen Winter (Advocate, Terra Firma Chambers)
- Alan Caskie (Advocate, Themis Advocates)
- Jamie Kerr (Partner, Burness Paull)
- Andy Sirel (Legal Director & Partner, JustRight Scotland)
Press Releases & Briefings
PRESS RELEASE – Scottish Parliament urged to probe impact of ‘Rights Removal Bill’ on devolution (word)
JustRight Scotland’s Written Briefing to the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee on the Crisis in Ukraine (word)
Nationality and Borders Bill: Fix family reunion (word)
Open Letter from the Anti-Trafficking Sector Regarding Situation in Ukraine (word)
Nationality and Borders Bill: Joint briefing on Clause 31 “Well-Founded Fear Test” (word)
PRESS RELEASE: 60+ Scottish organisations unite against UK Nationality and Borders Bill and ask MSPs to refuse legislative consent (word)
PRESS RELEASE: Glasgow Social Justice Lawyers welcome announcement of legal aid for asylum seekers in Scotland facing eviction by the Home Office (word)
Policy Consultation Responses
Incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law (PDF)
Scottish Court Fees 2022-2025: Human Consortium Scotland and Scottish Association of Law Centres joint response (PDF)
Human Rights Act Reform: our joint response with the Human Rights Consortium Scotland (PDF)
Human Rights Act Reform: our response (PDF)
Human Rights Act Reform: Scottish Association of Law Centres (SALC) response (PDF)
JustRight Scotland and Children’s Rights Organisations: A Statement on the Nationality and Borders Bill (PDF)
Submission on the Aims and Principles of the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry (PDF)
JustRight Scotland and Scottish Refugee Council briefing on the devolved impacts of the Nationality and Borders Bill (PDF)
Cover Note and Legal Opinion of Christine O’Neill QC on the Nationality and Borders Bill (PDF)
New Plan for Immigration 2021 – JustCitizens Response (PDF)
New Plan for Immigration 2021 – JustRight Scotland Response (PDF)
Judicial Review Reform and the Devolved Jurisdictions (PDF)
Briefing for Third Sector Organisations in Scotland Responding to the UK Govt’s New Plan for Immigration Consultation (PDF)
The Impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 in Scotland: A perspective from legal practice (PDF)
Short guide for Scottish civil society organisations on responding to the Independent Human Rights Act Review (PDF)
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Equalities and Human Rights in Scotland (JRS) (PDF)
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Equalities and Human Rights in Scotland (JustCitizens) (PDF)
Impact of Covid-19 on Individuals with No Recourse to Public Funds (PDF)
Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme Review 2020 (PDF)
The UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill 2020 (PDF)
Proposed Right to Food (Scotland) Bill (PDF)
Independent Child Trafficking Guardians (Section 11 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015) (PDF)
Scottish Elections (Franchise & Representation) Bill 2019 (PDF)
Legal Aid Reform in Scotland (PDF)
Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill 2019 (PDF)
Incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) (PDF)
Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill (PDF)
Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (PDF)
Blog & News Articles
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Celebrate Refugee Week 2022 with us and come to our ‘Roots of Refuge’ event in Glasgow!
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Destitution and Seeking Protection
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EU Citizens and Access to Benefits: Time is Running Out for EU Citizens to Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
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FGM: Breaking Down Barriers
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Home Office ‘Activist Lawyers’ Tweet Shows Govt is Not Above the Law
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Immigration: Preparing for Brexit
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Introducing our new social enterprise: JRS Knowhow
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JRS Spark: Brexit & Scotland – Migration Rights event report
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JustRight Scotland gave written evidence to the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee on the crisis in Ukraine
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JustRight Scotland launches Ukraine Advice Scotland advice line
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Legal Opinion: What does the Nationality and Borders Bill mean for devolution in Scotland?
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Migrant Young People and SAAS
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New Collaborations for Children!
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New: Factsheet on reunited family members
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Our Worker Support Centre is now available to all seasonal horticultural workers in Scotland
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Response to Independent Review on the Human Rights Act
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