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.

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. Read more

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

Latest International Assignments News
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UK: Improvements to visa processing for Indian nationals

Due to the increased volume of Indian nationals seeking visas for the UK over the past several years, the UK Immigration Minister is making efforts to improve services and expedite visa processing times for Indian nationals.
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Altair Global’s Relocation Productivity Study findings

Altair Global recently released the findings of a new study on the effects of relocation on an employee’s productivity that in turn directly ties to the employer’s bottom line.
Global Mobility
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Cartus survey reveals 2015 top destinations for relocations from the United States

A new Cartus survey of top international relocation destinations shows US-based transferees are most likely to be relocated to the United Kingdom, Canada or China.
US immigration

United States: Fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap reached already

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that the 2017 cap for H1-B petitions has already been reached.
Altair NOVA EMEA Merger

Altair Global extends its presence in EMEA

Global mobility merger news from Altair Global and NOVA Relocation Group
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Localisation

Securing a place at a top UK school

Ahead of the Country Life Future Schools Fair - Expat in London, 16 July, we take a look at what families making an inbound transition to the UK will need to consider when making a school application.
Lampions

Hays' ten talent trends for Singapore in 2016

Recruitment firm Hays highlights mergers and acquisitions activity, retention and wage pressure as key HR themes for 2016 alongside increasing workforce localisation.
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Steps to harnessing the wealth of trading opportunities in Mexico

Operating free trade agreements with over 40 countries and transforming itself from a commodity and agricultural-based economy to one dominated by manufacturing and services, Mexico presents a wealth of opportunities in international trade.
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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.
Policy
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.
The future of global mobility

Re:locate Perspectives video: What does the future hold for global mobility?

Is the traditional, long-term assignment dying out? Bill Graebel, CEO of Graebel Companies, inc. looks into the future of global mobility.
Technology Tools

Re:locate Perspectives video: Using technology tools to design relocation policies

How can you tackle 'Big Data', predict global mobility trends, and design really effective relocation policies? Listen to expert insights from an industry leader.
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