More than ever before, the global immigration landscape is experiencing major shifts: geopolitical instability, global economic uncertainty, major political events such as the United Kingdom vote to the leave the European Union (EU), and other actions causing protectionist restrictions and regulations on foreign nationals to increase.
Governments are increasing their enforcement of immigration obligations and levying greater financial penalties (reaching tens of millions of dollars.) Governments are also exchanging information between each other; and within governments, there is a growing integration between immigration and tax functions to bolster proper compliance.
At the same time, workforce demographics are changing. More people are crossing borders to work and there is a desire to move talent in a quick and agile way while keeping costs in check. Non-traditional modes of mobility are rising, such as commuter arrangements, rather than the traditional relocations. The occurrence of frequent business travelers is also increasing, placing strain on businesses to properly monitor immigration.
In addition, to attract and retain talent for cross-border assignments, it is necessary to improve assignee experiences to be seamless and more consistent while also managing pressure to provide optimal benefits for mobile employees. The latter task is requiring enhanced global data regarding employment movement.
In response to this challenging environment, companies need to shift to a centralized immigration function so they can have adequate control and visibility into processes across the world, while ensuring proper compliance and better manage risk.
ILC Legal, LLP, as an independent law firm in the PwC network, can assist multinational clients in this fast-paced environment and the full life cycle of support surrounding global immigration requirements. ILC Legal, LLP works directly with a wide spectrum of seasoned professionals across the PwC network of firms to provide practical advice and global results.