Need a Brexit Visa?..here’s what you need to know, now!

By Marie Haraburda

On February 19th, REA Coach Jutta Konig participated in a Roundtable discussion sponsored by the Permits Foundation, which is a non-profit organization in The Hague committed to improving work permit regulations for accompanying partners of expatriates around the world. The meeting was hosted by Deloitte at the Brussels airport where Julia Onslow-Cole, Partner, Global Government Strategies and Compliance, discussed the upcoming March 29 European Union (EU) Brexit decision in the United Kingdom (UK) and potential outcomes on immigration policies

Tips for those seeking Visas in the UK

  • With this crucial decision coming, it is recommended that those headed to the United Kingdom do so before the March 29 deadline to avoid potential complications with immigration applications.
  • Those already in the United Kingdom should encourage family members to file for documented immigration status as soon as possible, before the March 29 decision.

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Millennials: On the Move

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Most information presented today regarding Millennials indicates that this is a population that has a global mindset and is largely open to adventure and new experiences, especially if they offer professional growth and interesting challenges.  If a company is concerned about retaining Millennial talent, investing in their professional growth is essential and should reap gains for the company as well.  Using strategic international assignments for developmental purposes is key to successful talent management and having a flexible relocation package to support these assignments is a clear competitive advantage for corporations today.

 

According PricewaterhouseCoopers’ report Millennials at Work: Reshaping the Workplace, 70 percent of Millennials want or expect an overseas assignment at some point in their careers. And with 1.8 billion Millennials predicted to make up 50 percent of the global workforce by 2020, employers need to ensure their relocation programs are attractive to this generation.

 

Many companies offer lump sum relocation packages, assuming the employee would rather self-manage their funds.  But a lump sum benefit without guidance in its proper usage, can be quickly spent on services and items that do little to assist the employee, and especially a spouse, in the cultural and professional adaptation to their new location.  Companies cannot assume that millennials know what to expect, or know how to manage a lump sum budget.  And because they are accustomed to being transparent in their social commentary, employers can expect that they will openly discuss and compare their experience with others.

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