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Mobility
Overcoming Immigration
Uncertainties
HR should consider four approaches to help navigate the
ever-changing immigration regulations.
By Tim O'Shea
Immigration is one of the most complicated and
important issues that HR professionals face today.
An intricate lattice of social, political, religious, and
economic forces collide to create ebbs and flows in
immigration, as well as country-specific policies. Each
day, people all around the world cross national borders in
search of opportunity or refuge. But many governments
are reacting to the growing anti-globalisation sentiment
with proposals for stricter immigration rules and
doubling efforts to enforce existing regulations.
The uncertainty surrounding immigration policies greatly
impacts global mobility programmes and the movement
of skilled professionals. Skilled workforce mobility
is critical for a strong global economy. Ultimately, it
promotes the spread of talent, goods, and services, which
benefits companies and consumers alike.
The complexities of global immigration create many
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new challenges and hurdles that HR and mobility
managers must overcome to move their company's skilled
workforce around the world effectively and efficiently.
HR professionals should consider these four approaches
to navigating these uncertain times:
1. Take inventory of current global talent. Before a
company makes any significant policy or strategic
changes to its global mobility programme, HR managers
should take a step back, look at the big picture, and take
inventory of their global workforces.
It's important to be clear about assignment durations
because it's not uncommon for laws and regulations to
shift whilst an employee is away on assignment. Starting
from a point of clarity about an assignee's end date will
help alleviate potential complications caused by these
changes. Adjustments to work-permit salary thresholds
or revisions to country-specific reentry rules can bring

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