The Basics Of UK Work Visas
You cannot just move to England, get a job, and then get that job to sponsor you for a visa.
You must have sponsorship before you go.
When you apply for a visa, you will be placed into one of five tiers, which measure your application against a set of criteria (source).
Can American citizens work in the UK?
U.S. citizens who want to work in the United Kingdom must have a valid U.S. passport and a work visa from the UK. If you do not have a valid work visa when you arrive, you might not be allowed into the country to work.
How do you live and work in the UK as an American?
Requirements for American citizens
Americans hoping to move to the UK have a bit more of a structured process and will need to obtain a visa. The most common type of visas are work and family visas. If neither applies in your case, unfortunately it will be very difficult to move to the UK.
How can I legally work in the UK?
In order to apply for most work visas, you’ll usually need to gain a job offer with sponsorship from an employer in the UK first. However, you can apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa without sponsorship if you: Want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years. Are 18 to 30 years old.
How can a foreigner get a job in England?
You’ll probably need a visa to come to the UK; apply at the British embassy or consulate in your home country. If you want to work in the UK you will have to have a work permit. Your employer in the UK has to apply for a work permit on your behalf relating to a specific workplace.