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How does the U.S. immigration ban affect global relocation?

indexPlease join Worldwide ERC and Fragomen Worldwide on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. (EST) for a webinar that will provide the most recent information on the status of the Executive Order setting out a U.S. immigration suspension for certain nationalities, and the ban’s impact on mobility.

In this free webinar – “The Impact on Mobility of the U.S. Immigration Ban and the High-Skill Visa Executive Order,” sponsored by Fragomen Worldwide, you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions of our experts. A sample of the questions to be covered include:

  • Is there a way to predict what changes will be made?
  • Will we see an immediate impact on high-skill visa holders and the employers who depend on them?
  • What is the likely impact for the H1B program, business visas, optional practical training for STEM students, and employment for H1B spouses?
  • Will there be increased use of federal audit and compliance investigative authority?
  • What kind of timing should we expect for changes to be implemented?

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14 February 2017 at 2:00 PM Eastern

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The Effect of Brexit on Global Relocation Programs

indexOn June 23rd Great Britain voted to leave the European Union which has many employers questioning how this crucial vote might affect their own global employee mobility and business.

Fortunately this process could take up to two years to complete which should allow for time to plan and prepare for changes to global relocation employee benefit programs.

Perhaps the biggest issue relates to visa requirements.  With Great Britain voting to exit the European Union, Great Britain is free to legislate limits on immigration and the movement of employees within the EU.  The European Union could in turn require visas for all British  nationals travelling and working within the EU.  Whether or not this actually happens is probably too early to predict.

If EU citizens are living and working in Great Britain, they may have to apply for visas in order to continue on assignment.  The same can be said for British nationals living and working in the European Union.  Global Mobility leaders need to plan ahead to avoid disruptions in operations because of these possible new requirements. There is little doubt that restrictions in the free movement of employees and labor will have a major impact on global talent management.  If access to talent is restricted, the talent pool may be limited, thus creating talent management issues and rising costs.  Continue reading

Talent Mobility in China Survey: Volume Remains Stable, Focus on Local Talent Development Rising


Worldwide ERC®, the workforce mobility association, has released the findings of its 2016 Talent Mobility in China survey. Worldwide ERC® analyzed assignment volume and location activity, trends impacting mobility policy and key challenges in the region.

Highlights of the results include:

Mobility Volume Remains Stable, Trend Expected to Continue

  • A majority of companies report moves into China, localization of expatriate employees, and moves of Chinese nationals outside of the country all generally remained stable or increased in 2015 and that these trends are expected to continue in 2016.
  • Shanghai (87 percent) and Beijing (57 percent) remain the top two destinations for expats. While Guangzhou and Fuzhou tied for third place in a 2013 survey, this year’s results show Guangzhou and Shenzhen tying for third place, at 20 percent each.

Cost-control Goals Result in Focus on Assignment Types, Developing Local Talent

  • A clear majority of respondents cite high levels of pressure from management to reduce assignment costs.
  • Developing local talent continues to be a key component of companies’ cost-control strategies.  When asked to rank various cost-lowering measures “reducing the number of traditional long-term assignments” and “increasing the focus on training local talent” were the top two, used to a “high degree” by 55 percent and 49 percent of respondents, respectively.

Top Mobility Challenges: Environmental Concerns and Family Resistance

  • Environmental concerns are the most frequently cited significant challenge to moving expatriates into China (indicated by 56 percent for long-term assignments, 52 percent for permanent moves and 44 percent for short-term assignments), while “family resistance to moving” ranks as the most frequently cited significant challenge to moving Chinese nationals within China (cited by 48 percent for long-term assignments and 54 percent for permanent moves).

“Companies need agile, skilled workforces to respond to rapidly changing opportunities and fulfill their strategic goals.  As the Chinese economy transitions from one driven by export growth to one of internal innovation, the required skill sets are changing.  Businesses are meeting new demands with a balance of flexible assignee programs and a greater focus on developing local talent,” says Peggy Smith, SCRP, SGMS-T, President and CEO of Worldwide ERC®.  “Our survey findings support that this combined approach is helping organizations fill critical talent needs and skills gaps.”

Conducted in January 2016, this survey includes data from 163 companies representing 24 industries. Complete survey results are available on a complimentary basis to corporate human resource and government agency members of Worldwide ERC®.  Please visit for more information.

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