[LRUG] American curious about Rails Dev opportunities in London

Olly Headey olly at freeagent.com
Fri Jul 31 08:04:06 PDT 2015

This is correct, but the devil is in the detail.

Significantly, the sponsor company also has to pass the resident market
labour test. This means they have to advertise the vacancy on sanctioned
channels to prove that there is no UK national able to do the job. The
sanctioned channels are such places as the governments own online job site,
a national newspaper, so one can imagine it's not quite as difficult as it
might seem to pass.

Secondly, there are limits to Tier-2 visa allocations (unless you're a
minister of religion or a professional sportsperson – Premier League
lobbying is apparently effective). Only ~2000 (possibly less) certificates
of sponsorships are issues each month under current regulations.

So it's certainly not insurmountable, but the current government are making
it increasingly difficult. If you manage to secure a CoS and get the visa,
it's for 3 years. After that time you will be able to apply for renewal
which is for 2 further years. At that point, you're eligible for residency.

Good luck!



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On Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 10:05 AM, Tom Stuart <tom at codon.com> wrote:

> Here’s the basic information you need: https://www.gov.uk/tier-2-general
> The short version is that yes, you can move to the UK and work, as long as
> you have a job offer from a company that has a “sponsor licence” (
> https://www.gov.uk/uk-visa-sponsorship-employers) and you meet certain
> other criteria (salary, savings, English language proficiency etc) that
> probably pose no problem for a US citizen in the tech industry.
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