You've run the numbers and it makes perfect sense to move your corporate operations to a new location overseas. But now you're faced with a unique challenge: moving and managing expatriate employees.
Three Types of Employees
U.S. employees working abroad fall into three categories, outlined in an article from the August 2010 issue of Mobility magazine.
- U.S. citizens - The easiest category of employee to relocate; all they need for return to U.S. is a valid passport.
- U.S. permanent resident - These employees must take steps to maintain their permanent resident status and eligibility to apply for U.S. citizenship in the future (if desired).
- Foreign nationals - These employees hold a non-immigrant visa and can only return to the U.S. (to visit or move) while their visa is still valid. It may be difficult to get a visa renewed while living abroad, making these the least mobile employees in your workforce.
International Relocation Services Help You Manage it All
A firm experienced in international relocation services helps you manage paperwork, tax filing and the actual relocation of all three types of employees. But there's even more to think about than just visas and airline tickets.
International relocation services also include helping employees acclimate to a new culture. International relocation services often include:
- foreign language training
- cultural training
- organizing tours of the region
- helping children of relocated employees acclimate to their new surroundings (includes helping parents select the best schools to meet their children's needs)
- Don't let the challenges behind an international relocation scare you out of the right choice for your company's growth. Let an international relocation services company help you navigate foreign waters