I see that Tier 1 for Exceptional Talent is reopening on Aug 9th. The Home Office Border Agency website states Protected content entrants. Look under latest news at Protected content I imagine this is different than HSMP or any of the other categories of Tier 1? I am a strong IT skilled individual from USA - Does anyone know if this would apply to someone like me to work in UK without employer sponsorship?
The UK Border Agency also states that Permit-Free Employment Visa is available in certain situations. Does anyone know if this requires sponsorship from a UK employer before applying for the Visa?