As of my knowledge cutoff date in 2021, the UK did not have a specific digital nomad visa program. However, there are a few options that may be available to you as a digital nomad looking to stay in the UK for an extended period of time:
- Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa: This visa is designed for individuals who want to start a business in the UK. As a digital nomad, you could potentially start a business that operates remotely and qualifies for this visa. You would need to have access to at least £50,000 in investment funds and meet other eligibility requirements.
- Tier 2 (General) visa: This visa is for skilled workers who have a job offer in the UK. If you can find a UK employer who is willing to sponsor you, you may be able to obtain a Tier 2 visa. Note that this option may be more challenging as a digital nomad, as many UK employers may prefer to hire workers who are physically present in the UK.
- Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange) visa: This visa is for individuals who are coming to the UK to work temporarily as part of a government-approved exchange program. Depending on your qualifications and the type of work you do, you may be able to find an exchange program that would allow you to work remotely in the UK.
It's possible that the UK may introduce a specific digital nomad visa program in the future, so it's worth keeping an eye on updates from the UK government or consulting with an immigration lawyer who can advise you on the latest options available.