The issues surrounding immigration
As a global mobility manager, you will be responsible for ensuring that a client’s requirements are met while adhering to service level agreements and managing the relocation process. One key element in any international relocation is immigration.
Immigration can be an issue for any company that moves employees around the world. Compliance with host country immigration regulations is crucial and the management of the process will usually fall to either the HR or mobility team or their outsourced global mobility provider. This area can be problematic for a global mobility facilitator as it presents significant challenges which require innovative solutions.
Most countries require work permits, work visas or other forms of employment authorisations. Over recent years many countries have tightened their immigration requirements. This has been done partly in an effort to make sure that the local workforce is protected in a way to assist companies that are committed to training locals to eventually replace expatriates.
However, there will always be a need for mobility in the workforce. In today’s fast paced business world, there is a sense of urgency for managers to get the right employee to the right location at the right time. Unfortunately, as the World Wide Employee Relocation Council reports, “in an effort to reduce costs and time, businesses may engage in behaviors that are risky from a legal perspective”. One of the most exposed areas of risk regarding relocation is immigration.