We are desperately trying to employ a very bright young doctor and MS researcher from Iran. This is the response from our HR department:
"Bottom line: there are not many options available, unless the person is an renowned expert in their field and can apply for tier 1. If you want to employ them as a post-doctoral scientist - then QMUL will have to apply via tier 2. Tier 2 (restricted) - there are no institutional quotas but a UK-wide quota of 1500 per month. If the quota has been reached for the month, we can keep re-applying until we get a visa. However to apply, the post must be advertised in the UK and EU for 4 weeks, and evidence is required to demonstrate that no suitable person is available in the of the whole of the UK & EU. If they have funding (from a non-UK source) - they can come for a year as an Academic Visitor for a max of 12 months, BUT AGAIN this is quite difficult and they have to fulfill the following conditions:
(1) be an eminent senior doctor or dentist coming to take part in research, teaching or clinical practice; (2) they must not receive funding for their work from any United Kingdom source; (3) not be filling a normal post or a genuine vacancy; (4) not stay in the UK for more than 12 months; (5) not intend to take employment in the UK; (6) intend to leave the UK at the end of their visit; and (7) be able to maintain themselves and any dependents without having recourse to public funds (or be adequately maintained and accommodated by relatives or friends)."
"I predict in 10 years time the UK will be a scientific also-ran and will be way down the scientific league tables."