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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

The housing rights of non-UK nationals

Developed and delivered in partnership with the Scottish Refugee Council


What are the main housing options for people coming to Scotland and are there any time limits as to when they can access council housing? Where do the Housing Scotland Acts fit into immigration legislation or where does immigration law sit within the Housing Scotland Acts? How does nationality affect a person’s ability to access benefits such as housing benefits or Jobseeker’s Allowance? This one day course will give you the knowledge and skills to provide housing advice, homeless assistance and the main rights to housing and welfare benefits for nationals of countries other than the UK.

Learning Outcomes/objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • List the main categories of migrants and their rights
  • Identify who is inside and outside of the EEA
  • Define and apply information on leave to remain, time limitation and public funds to entitlements to housing and benefits.
  • Define and apply information on the different treaty rights held by EEA citizens, and how these affect their ability to apply for housing/benefits.
  • Advise on housing options for people wanting to rent privately under the Immigration Act 2014

Who should attend

Those working in housing options, housing advice or homelessness, or those who work directly with national groups. In addition frontline staff and applications, allocations and letting staff may also find this course useful

Trainer Info

Jamie Stewart

Jamie Stewart has 13 years experience working in housing, homelessness and welfare rights advice. Since 2013 Jamie has been the Housing Development Officer at Scottish Refugee Council as part of the Refugee Integration Service and whose role is to improve outcomes for refugees in Scotland through a range of services, policy and development work. He is a member of the New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland Communities Core Group and its sub-group addressing the housing options of refugees. He is also a member of the Scottish Government’s Accommodating Refugees group which feeds into their Refugee Crisis Taskforce coordinating the resettlement of Syrian Refugees in Scotland.

Dates & Locations

Thursday 20 April 2017 at the Scottish Refugee Council office in Glasgow from 09:30 - 16:30


Standard price - Full day - £260 + VAT

Member price - Full day - £235 + VAT

Contributing org. price - Full day - £210 + VAT

Booking Procedure

You can view our online booking procedure here.

Purchase Orders

Please note that if your organisation requires a purchase order number on the invoice, you MUST input this at the point of booking.

Terms and conditions

Please read our terms & conditions carefully before booking.



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