International Assignments

Multinational companies frequently need to send their employees on an international assignment to work in an overseas location or regional office, whether to complete a project or as part of their professional development. As businesses compete for global growth, the number of international assignments is on the rise. Read more

Whether they are long-term, short-term, commuter or project assignments, each type brings its own challenges for global mobility managers, and risks for the company and the assignee. Localisation, repatriation and business travel can also fall under the umbrella of international assignment services.

In many organisations HR managers are responsible for managing international assignments. Even if the number of international assignees is small, this is a complex area. Only a few multinationals have HR global mobility specialists. It is therefore essential for HR managers to have the knowledge to ensure that their companies are fully compliant in managing international relocation and the raft of international assignment services – such as immigration, expatriate tax and benefits, social security obligations, and international pensions – that underpin overseas operations.

This section provides practical advice and information for HR and global managers managing international teams or setting up in a new overseas dominion. It covers the latest trends in relocation policy and expatriate benefits, and points you in the direction of experts across the global mobility industry. It includes the latest news, features, how-to guides, and tools and resources to support overseas assignments and inbound relocation moves and domestic relocations. Read less

Global Mobility
Moscow

Pro-Link GLOBAL immigration dispatch – Chile, Israel, Poland and Russia

Discover key changes to immigration regulations in Chile, Israel, Poland and Russia.
Hong Kong

UK and US expats lead exodus from Hong Kong

The number of expatriates in Hong Kong from Britain, the US and Australia has dropped significantly over the past year, according to official Immigration Department figures.
Dubai Marina

Economic uncertainty taking its toll on UAE expats

Expats are leaving the UAE due to increased living costs and dwindling job opportunities on the back of the fall in oil prices, according to media reports in the Gulf.
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Localisation

What are the international-school options in China?

APAC is seeing rapid growth in schools thanks to economic expansion and mobility. Over-subscribed schools face competition from new contenders and local populations are keen to educate their children in prestigious institutions.
choosing an international school in China

A new era for expatriate education in China?

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Securing a place at a top UK school

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Repatriation
entrepreneur

Immigrants and returning expats 'lead business start-ups'

Immigrants and returning expatriates are more likely to start their own business than people born in the UK and continuously resident in the country, according to a new report.
US students

Repatriation after US assignment top challenge for relocating families with school age children

The latest Trends in Global Relocation report from global relocation services provider Cartus, reveals the top challenges facing families moving to international relocation hot spots.
Family arriving home from relocation assignment

Companies ‘failing’ expat employees returning home

Multinationals are failing to do enough to prepare expat staff for life back home when they return from overseas assignments, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Compliance
Ghana business

Ghana – enforcement of company obligations

As of Monday 1 August 2016, the Ghanaian Registrar of Companies will enforce financial penalties for any local entity that has not filed Annual Returns or renewed their company partner registration.
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Risk
Turkey Coup

Jelf International warns employers to review their security arrangements for employees in Turkey

Following the attempted overnight coup in Turkey on 15-16 July 2016, Jelf International is warning all companies with staff based in the country and other British expats to review their security arrangements, should they need to exit the country at speed.
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Surveys
surveying talent

Survey of surveys reveals the future of talent mobility

Talent mobility will play a key part in enabling business leaders to meet the challenges of a global business world that is more technologically advanced, demographically complex and geographically diverse than ever before, says a new study.
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Policy
Singapore

Singapore – Forthcoming higher minimum salary requirement for employment pass applications

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore has announced an increase in the minimum qualifying salary for Employment Pass (EP) applications, with effect from 1 January 2017.
MOVE Guides Exception Management

Exception management – The unexpected costs and benefits

Companies generally have relocation and assignment policies to govern what an employee will and will not receive during their assignment, amongst other aspects.
Changing times in global mobility

Re:locate Perspectives video: All change for global mobility?

Looking towards the future, Bill Graebel discusses the challenges Graebel Companies' clients face today, from regulatory pressure to market volatility.
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