I'm working for a UK-based company that has several offices in the
United States and years ago acquired the small company I was working
for. So I'm now part of this company, paid out of Boston. We cover
financial conference calls of companies all over the world, and many
employees work from home and are spread across the States.
Technically, this work can be done from anywhere. I've gotten my
bosses interested in letting me move to the UK (Scotland) so we'd have
someone in the UK time zone and closer to continental times zones.
Currently, they are in discussions with HR about how this could be
worked out as far as visa laws, taxes, health benefits, etc. go.
My question is -- if I can't get the company to sponsor a visa from
within the UK, is there any type of visa that allows for living in the
UK for extended periods of time if you have an established source of
income from another country? Basically, I'd be dragging income from
the US to the UK and spending it on goods and services there, not
taking a job away from anyone else.
Also (and this may be now off-topic, so ignore it if you think it is)
if there IS such a visa exception, would I be covered under national
healthcare? If not, is there an affordable form of health insurance
for such people?
Thanks in advance for any help. I've been reading visa laws and forms
all day and my head is swimming.