The Scottish Government has produced Welcome Packs for New Scots.

The packs are currently available in five languages: English, Russian, Dari, Ukrainian and Pashto.

Download packs from Scottish Government website

Information included in Welcome Packs:

Life in Scotland

  • Language
  • Government
  • Elections and voting
  • Money
  • Weekends and public holidays
  • Taxes in Scotland


  • Buying a home


  • Early learning and childcare (ELC)
  • School age and stages
  • Term time
  • What my child will learn
  • My child needs extra support
  • Independent schools
  • Further and higher education


  • In an emergency
  • Registering with a GP
  • Registering with a dentist
  • NHS eye care
  • Connecting communities
  • Mental health
  • Adult social care
  • Sexual health/family planning clinics
  • Parent Club Scotland
  • Scotland’s baby box

Employment and training

  • Welfare benefits
  • Careers information and guidance
  • Working in your local area
  • Modern apprenticeships (MAs)
  • Graduate apprenticeships (GAs)
  • Your National Insurance number
  • Qualifications recognition
  • Applying for Basic Disclosure

Community safety

  • Scots law
  • Legal rights and responsibilities
  • The police and their duties
  • In the event of a fire

Communities and culture

Welcome Packs for New Scots
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