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

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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.

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Latest International Assignments News

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Canada-UK TCA: Immigration and International Trade Agreements Post-Brexit Westbury Law reports

The Canada-UK Continuity Agreement (Canada-UK TCA) came in force on April 1, 2021 and preserves many of the preferential market access provisions that were offered under CETA. Update from Rachel Bunbury, Principal, Barrister & Solicitor Westbury Law.

Localisation

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Pandemic dampens cities' appeal to expats

The 'liveability' ratings for expatriates of almost three-quarters of cities around the world have fallen over the past year because of limitations on movement and recreation resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
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UK begins financial services talks with Swiss

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak opened formal talks with his Swiss counterpart on Wednesday in a bid to reach a post-Brexit trade deal for financial services.
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Secret of a successful international assignment: transition care done well

Transition care done well is the secret of successful international assignment.
Discover what the best schools are doing to ensure children and their parents settle well and thrive in the new community.

Policy

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Australian immigration: clarifications for temporary visa holders

What temporary changes to temporary visa holders did the Australian government announce, as a result of COVID-19?
Global Mobility Toolkit: Relocation Principles

Relocation policy design and review principles factsheet

A factsheet on the principles of relocation policy design and review is now available as part of Relocate’s new Global Mobility Toolkit. Download your free copy.
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LGBTQI+ and diversity

A summary of the latest research into the role of LGBT & diversity research summary in international assignments and relocation is now available as part of Relocate’s new Global Mobility Toolkit. Download your free copy.
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