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.

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Latest International Assignments News

Global Mobility

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Ahead of the Relocate Festival of Global Mobility Thinking on 11 May, Dr Linda Holbeche, author of The Agile Organisation reveals how HR and mobility can support agile organisations.


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A new era for expatriate education in China?

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Singapore cements reputation for quality of life: study

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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.


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IKAN report: Deadline extended for mandatory linking of Aadhaar

The Supreme Court of India has extended the deadline to link the biometric identification number, Aadhaar, with banking and mobile services.
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Permits Foundation letter supports H-4 spouse work visa

In a letter to the US immigration authorities the executive director of the Permits Foundation has recommended against rescinding work access to holders of the H-4 visa.
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Relocation policy for short term assignments factsheet

A factsheet on mobility policy content for business travel, rotational, short-term and commuter assignments is now available as part of Relocate’s Global Mobility Toolkit. Download your free copy.

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The Global Expansion Summit 2017 gathered together experts from around the world to discuss cross-border and international strategy. Read our coverage of the key themes.
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Global mobility and immigration facing perfect storm

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