International Corporate Relocations

With the advent of Internet and new technology, more businesses are going global and catering to clients from just about every nation. To satisfy clients and to get their international operations up and running, these businesses often dispatch domestic employees to these global locations. Being relocated to a new country to work for your employer can be an exciting prospect. However, you can prepare for this monumental move by remembering a few strategic moves prior to relocating you and your family.

Legal Preparations

By federal law, your employer must give you written notice about your upcoming relocation. An email or telling you in person does not constitute as appropriate notice. You must receive a letter from your employer outlining important details about your relocation.

You should receive this letter at least 30 days in advance prior to your expected departure date. This time frame gives you enough time to put your house on the market, gather important documents, get required vaccinations, and take other precautions for you and your family. If you belong to a professional or trade union, you may be entitled to more advanced notice than a month's time. Some unions require that members be given at least 60 to 90 days' notice for international relocations.

Professional Preparations

When you are being relocated to a foreign country, you will not have the legal leeway to work freely as you do at home. You will be required to obtain a visa, as well as a work permit so you can legally work in the country to which you are relocated. If you do not have a visa, you will not be allowed to begin working or collecting an income to support you and your family.

You and each of your family members will need a passport before boarding a plane to depart for your new international home. If you lack the time to gather all of the important documents to obtain a passport, visa, and work permit, you can rely on a third-party contractor to take care of this task for you. You can continue to work and plan for your move while the contractor files the paperwork and gets this necessary documentation for you.

Cultural Preparations

Anytime you move to a new country, you must adapt to its culture and its way of doing things. Some practices may seem familiar to you while others may be entirely foreign. Nonetheless, you can adapt to your life and work better in your international location by taking time before you move to learn as much as you can about the country's culture.

Economic Preparations

Depending on your length of stay in the country, you may want to consider opening a bank account in your new place of employment. A bank account in that country will allow you to exchange currency, pay bills, and buy essentials for you and your family. Your employer may also insist on you opening an account there so you can have your paychecks direct deposited.

International relocations can be a professional experience of a lifetime. You can prepare now by taking these aspects of the move into consideration well before you depart for your new international home.