The issues and components that are prevalent within a global organization's international assignment program are plentiful and can be complex. Each provision has multiple options and decisions that today's mobility professionals need to assess and monitor.
Whether you have devoted your career to global mobility or are just getting started, continuing education on these topics is important. To help you do this, KPMG's Mobility Consulting Services has created a "Back to Basics" thought leadership series that will examine global mobility policy elements from a foundational level.
Back to Basics: Business Immigration 101
This fifth article in the series has been developed to serve as an introduction to understanding key definitions and concepts associated with global business immigration. Global mobility program managers often have the responsibility of managing the many complexities of immigration globally in support of both employee service delivery as well as compliance goals. The severity of potential risks and resulting liabilities necessitate a solid operational framework by organizations for immigration compliance, administration, and service delivery.
Assignment letters: this fourth article in the series is about assignment letters, which are used by organizations to document the terms and conditions relating to an international assignment or transfer. Assignment letters can vary in length and complexity and need to be done correctly in order to avoid any miscommunications, risks or increased costs. Our newest Back to Basics article provides a thorough review of the components of assignment letters.
Short-term assignments: this third article in the series is about short-term assignments (STA), typically defined as a temporary transfer across national borders that generally lasts more than three months and less than a year. The article reviews key STA practices and associated complexities that are often overlooked by organizations because of their short-term nature and a generalized assumption of a reduced level of administration, costs, and compliance risks.
Repatriation: this second article in the series is about the repatriation of professionals back to their home country. Early reintegration planning can be essential to a successful repatriation, and the article focusess primarily on the planning and logistics that are involved.
Home Leave: the first article in the series is about the provision of home leave, which grants an assignee and accompanying family members assistance to return to their home country while on international assignment.