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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Canada adds three occupations to its Global Talent Stream

Three new occupations are to be added to the Canadian government’s Global Talent Stream pilot scheme, in an effort to allow easier access to the skilled workers Canada requires.
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Management Mobility Consulting report: Subsidise your mobility to France

If you transfer an employee to France, you may be able to apply for a grant to pay the local relocation assistance. This program only exists in France for any mobility to or within the country. It is called mobili-pass.
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Exploring leadership, agility and diversity at Relocate’s Festival

Relocate’s Festival of Global Mobility Thinking welcomed delegates and speakers to provide insight on the complexities of a rapidly evolving and increasingly globalised landscape.

Localisation

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A new era for expatriate education in China?

Due to the large amount of global assignments in China, education and schooling in the region is a hot topic. We look at how recent changes are affecting the school choice for families moving there.
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Singapore cements reputation for quality of life: study

Singapore ranks highest among Asia-Pacific countries for quality of life on the latest Mercer 'Quality of Living' index.
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UK voluntary Living Wage rise welcomed, but caution on inflation

Kicking off Living Wage Week, the Living Wage Foundation has announced the UK’s new voluntary national Living Wage rates of £8.45, rising to £9.75 for London.

Repatriation

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Mid-life pension MOTs on road to longer working lives

Former CBI Director-General John Cridland has published his review into the State Pension Age (SPA). It recommends raising the SPA, options for people unable to work in later life and mid-career pensions planning advice.
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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.
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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.

Compliance

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GDPR: Are there benefits beyond compliance?

As the deadline nears for GDPR implementation, a panel discussion at the recent Worldwide ERC's London Summit aimed to unpick the complexities and reduce the fear factor for businesses. Ruth Holmes was there.

Policy

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MEPs adopt legislation to reinforce the rights of posted workers

Following the adoption of new rules by the European Parliament, the rights of posted workers will be guaranteed within the next two years.
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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.

Global Expansion Summit 2017

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

Businesses must work more closely with mobility and immigration experts when planning international moves, said Julia Onslow-Cole, head of PwC’s global immigration team, at the Global Expansion Summit.
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