I’ve recently received a lot of emails regarding how to make the move to the UK. If you find that you’re not a Commonwealth citizen and have no other ties to the UK, it can be rather difficult to make the move to England thanks to the recent closing of the Tier 1 (General) visa route. For working professionals, the only other conceivable way of moving here and making a living is through the Tier 2 visa scheme. Tier 2 visas come in different forms, but are in essence work sponsorship visas. This means that your resident status will be tied to your employer, but it is still a legitimate pathway to permanent residency or citizenship in the UK.
Not many of us work at companies who have the capability of sponsoring an intra-company transfer to the UK. Given that, the only other option is to land a job with a company that has the ability to offer Tier 2 visas. The UKBA has compiled a list of companies that have this ability and the list can be found here (This list was just updated for the first time in 2 years on 20 November 2015)
My advice would be to go through this list, identify the larger companies, and search for their job posting on their corporate websites or on aggregated job posting websites like reed.co.uk.
Keep in mind that Tier 2 jobs must command a gross salary of 35k GPB (approx. 56k USD) per year or more and are typically related to skill shortages in the UK. These tend to include positions in the IT and engineering sectors.
Registered Tier 2 Sponsors List: Click Here
If you are fortunate enough to have secured a job in London, check out my tips on settling and living in the city and download my e-book on filling out UK work visa applications.