What is a Global Mobility Specialist?
A global mobility specialist oversees and manages the process of relocating employees internationally. Many aspects of a global mobility specialist's job involve immigration policies and helping employees adapt to the new environment in which they work. At a larger scale, global mobility specialists assist with a company's expansion into international territory to ensure there's a process in place for relocating multiple employees and offices. A global mobility specialist can be a part of a company's HR department or is often part of a third-party company specializing in global mobility and international relocation. It's important for global mobility specialists to be properly trained and certified through the GMS®designation.
How to Earn Your GMS® Designation
Why the GMS® Designation Is ImportantSince Worldwide ERC® began the GMS® certification program in 2004; over 5,800 professionals have earned specialist designations through global mobility training. These certified professionals live and work in 70 different countries around the globe.
In 2010, Worldwide ERC® introduced the Senior Global Mobility Specialist (SGMS®) designation for those who have already earned certification as a GMS®. Since inception of this designation, almost 150 professionals have achieved SGMS® certification.
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How to Maintain Your GMS® Designation
Having this designation or working with someone with this designation can help in the following circumstances:
- You are an HR professional administering international relocation policies and programs.
- You function as overseer and manager of global relocations that are administered by a third-party professional relocation firm.
- You advise, consult or facilitate buying, selling or legal issues involved with international real estate transactions.
- You have responsibilities for effective management of global tax issues and foreign taxation differences that affect transferees.
- You are responsible for satisfying immigration requirements for employees relocating to foreign countries.