The First Minister has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to offer EU nationals working in the Highlands certainty over their future.
Concerns have been raised about a number of key industries in the north, including hospitality and farming, which have a high proportion of employees who were born elsewhere in Europe.
Nicola Sturgeon said at the Natioanl Economic Forum it is "not acceptable" for people who have made a life in the Highlands to be left in the dark about their residency and that she is working to support the industries most reliant on foreign staff.
"I understand why EU nationals in Scotland are concerned as almost a year on from the referendum they still have certainty about their futures," she said.
"We are engaging closely with different business sectors, particularly the ones who are disproportionately reliant on workers from other European countries.
"We are also seeking to engage as directly as we can with individuals from other European countries to give them as much reassurance we can.
"The main thing we are doing and are continuing to do is press the UK Government to do the right thing and give that certainty as soon as possible. I
"It’s not acceptable that it might be towards the end of the Brexit process until we get that certainty. Theresa May could give that certainty today if she wanted and I think it is really shameful that she hasn’t."