The world of global immigration is constantly changing.
New rules and regulations that were recently announced are all of a sudden null and void. Add this to the challenges of managing expectations amongst business units for realistic timeframes and you’ve got a headache faster than you can say UAE.
We’ve put together a list of the top 7 things you need to know about global immigration in 2016:
- Be Honest. Always tell your immigration provider the truth about your background and past, especially if you have a criminal record. This helps your immigration lawyer plan and counsel your employer and you on the pitfalls and benefits of the proposed host country. Not being upfront about a criminal past, or hoping that no one will find out, can have a potentially devastating impact on the immigration outcome when the record becomes public knowledge during the process,. Your immigration lawyer is here to help you, not judge you. Their focus is to facilitate getting you to your new job in the foreign country.
- Always expect the unexpected. Changes in laws, regulations, policy and practice can render guidance given on one day obsolete the next.
- Stay flexible and open minded. This is a critical mindset that will determine whether you have a positive immigration experience with your global immigration provider.
- Trust your global immigration provider. There is no room for an "us vs. them" mentality in the fast-paced world of global immigration and mobility. If you are a global HR team, embrace your immigration provider as an extension of your internal mobility group and truly partner on shared objectives. If you are an employee going on assignment, have confidence in your immigration specialist’s knowledge and understanding of the local immigration process and regulations.
- One size does not fit all and speed isn’t everything. Although a business visa may get you into the country quicker, it is not always the answer to getting into the country legally. Remaining in compliance and being prepared for a possible lengthy work authorization process is the solution. Determine employee eligibility and processing times prior to making commitments to local HR/local managers and/or contracted clients.
- Make sure your passport is up-to-date. Check your passport regularly to ensure you have at least 6 months’ validity on it and at least 4 blank visa pages.
- Make record-keeping a priority. Maintain a detailed travel log and document your entry / exit dates for all your international travels. Some countries will require that you disclose up to 10 years’ travel.