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About reloamerica

Relocation America is a full service relocation management company committed to providing exceptional relocation services in both the origination and destination locations worldwide.

Are You Underinsured?

“What is carrier valuation?” Carrier valuation is a declaration by the transferring employee (person being moved) of the maximum amount of the carrier’s liability in the event of a transit-related loss or damage of their household goods.

Valuation is not insurance. In other words, valuation provides a certain level of protection for loss or damage caused by a carrier while the shipment is in the care, custody, and control of the carrier. The amount of coverage is predetermined prior to the move and may not be sufficient in the event of a loss.

WHAT DOES IT COVER?

When you move, your personal property is loaded onto a moving truck. While most moves go smoothly, accidents do happen and some items may be lost or damaged during shipment.  Prior to the move a carrier representative will discuss with the transferring employee the amount of liability the carrier is responsible for in the event of loss or damage. At the time of the move a descriptive inventory list will be developed by the carrier and the transferring client. This list includes the count and condition of the shipped items when they come into the care, custody, and control of the carrier. At times the client may have certain items that carry a higher value than normal such as artwork, jewelry, collectibles etc….

It is our recommendation that items of high value such as jewelry, coins, and collectables be moved personally by the transferring employee.  If they are is unable or unwilling to do this, then these items must be recorded and reported on a special form called the high value inventory form.   The determination of the value of the transferring employee’s entire shipment is a very important part of the moving process and is pre-determined by the transferring employee prior to the move.

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H-1B Visa Applications Open Up Next Week

It’s busy season for immigration lawyers. On April 3, people can start submitting H-1B visa petitions for the new fiscal year.

The popular visa, beloved by the tech industry, is a pathway for skilled foreigners to work in the U.S. It’s in high demand: Last year, the cap of 85,000 H-1B visas was reached less than a week after the application period opened up. During that time, 236,000 petitions were submitted.

When demand exceeds supply, the visas are awarded through a lottery system.

And this year, there are additional stress factors: The political environment is decidedly less welcoming to foreigners and one of the favored processing options has been put on hold.

For an additional $1,225 fee, premium processing guarantees that an H-1B petition is reviewed within 15 days (if it’s selected in the lottery). According to USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ), premium processing filings accounted for 59% of the total H-1B filings in 2016. But in March, USCIS announced it was temporarily freezing that option on April 3.

Non-premium visa petitions can take as much as eight months before they’re approved, immigration lawyers say. USCIS hopes to reduce overall processing times with the temporary freeze.

Premium processing is also the preferred route for people renewing their H-1B visa or transferring to a new employer.

While H-1B holders can work while they wait for renewal or transfer, that period only lasts for 240 days, just under eight months.

USCIS says it will prioritize approvals for people coming up on that time constraint, pointing to an expedited option that’s available on a case-by-case basis.  Still, while waiting, foreign workers are advised not to travel outside the U.S.

About Relocation America International

Relocation America International is a full service relocation management company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan dedicated to providing innovative relocation services, value added support, and superior service to clients relocating families domestically and internationally.

Visit http://www.rainternational.com for more information about our services or contact us at mobility@rainternational.com.

Source: CNN Money

Relocation America International Sponsors 2017 Michigan Human Resources Day Conference

Relocation America International is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Michigan HR Day.

On April 19, 2017, human resources and other professionals from across the state will meet in Lansing for the 8th Annual Michigan HR Day – Michigan’s largest annual HR conference.

Michigan HR Day is an opportunity for HR Professionals and Business Owners/Professionals, responsible for the HR function in Michigan, to exchange information, ideas, and experiences.  The conference welcomes HR professionals from diverse Michigan organizations and is positioned at a critical time for Michigan organizations.

We look forward to what will be an informative and dynamic conference and hope to see everyone there.  For full conference and registration details please click on the link below:

http://michiganhr.org/

About Relocation America International

Relocation America International is a full service relocation management company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan dedicated to providing innovative relocation services, value added support, and superior service to clients relocating families domestically and internationally.

Visit http://www.rainternational.com for more information about our services or contact us at mobility@rainternational.com.