As governments continue to become more vigilant regarding immigration rules and regulations, it is more important than ever for companies to have a clear compliance policy in regard to short-term assignments.
People often mistakenly believe that short-term assignments do not require work permits or other immigration permissions. As long as assignments last less than the typical duration of stay for a country and employees remain on the home payroll, it is assumed that simple business visas are sufficient, but this is simply not the case. It is a very dangerous method of operating, as the costs for lack of immigration compliance can be enormous for companies.
The recent rise in the use of short-term assignments by multinational corporations presents a new challenge in immigration compliance. Studies have shown a dramatic increase in the number of international assignments. Of that increase, the vast majority is due to the growing use of short-term assignments, usually those which last less than one year. Multinational corporations have emphasized short-term assignments for a variety of reasons, including the belief that they are more cost-effective than long-term assignments for tax purposes. While there may be a tax savings for individual employees or for companies in some situations, there may be other very serious immigration compliance implications that are frequently overlooked.
As governments continue to become more vigilant regarding immigration rules and regulations, it is more important than ever for companies to have a clear compliance policy in regard to short-term assignments. Planning, research and knowledge are an employer’s best tools to prevent serious compliance issues.
Here, Emigra Worldwide
examines the issues that all employers need to be aware of and offers advice on how to avoid making dangerous and costly mistakes.
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