Goal: What would be the easiest way to migrate to the UK and live there permanently?
Possible Options I can think of:
Option 1: Apply for a job that offers Visa Sponsorship. Then get sponsored to move over under the 5 year visa. I'm not really fully in the range of Senior developer, so more likely to have luck with Intermediate developer jobs, which I don't think are covered in the skills shortage list.
Option 2: Apply for the 2 year youth mobility visa, and then apply for all jobs over there remotely, even if it's not visa sponsored. I'm unsure what would happen at the end of the 2 years?
Option 3: Apply for the 2 year youth mobility visa, move to the UK with nothing and then apply for contract jobs and the like.
Option 4: Go and study something in the UK, and then try and find another development job after a year of studying.
My Status: I have been trying to apply for the jobs offering Visa sponsorship, but without achieving any interviews yet. People I have talked to usually recommend Option 3, but this worries me a lot because applying for jobs is really tough/stressful for me (I might be a low-mid grade candidate) and applying for jobs from a position of unemployment makes you an undesirable candidate and more desperate.
Home country: New Zealand
Desired Destination: London, UK
Field: Software Development
Experience: 4.5 years
Education level: Bachelors