When an organization plans to have global expansion, it has to be prepared for hiring the expatriates in a compliant manner. The process of employing a foreign worker and helping him to get his salary on time is a big challenge because it involves certain rules and regulations that may vary in different countries. Thus, it is extremely necessary to be well informed about establishing compliance with local, as well international employment rules.
What Challenges Are Faced By Expatriates?
Candidates often find it difficult to accept the challenges of working abroad, as it involves lengthy documentation, traveling, language and culture differences, leaving a comfort zone, and getting adjusted to a new environment. One also has to brush up on his knowledge and skills to be able to perform his job well.
Here are a few areas of concern for a candidate while applying for overseas jobs:
Immigration Procedure: As soon as a candidate gets hired by a foreign employer, he has to start with the immigration procedure. All his documents need to be checked and verified on time to get a visa and work permit easily. Newforce helps in relocating the candidate and his family in a safe and secure manner.
Joining the office: It won’t be feasible for an organization to complete the onboarding process without following the legal criteria, and run payroll for an expatriate without completing the compliance process. The candidate must know what he is expected to do to meet the legal requirements.
Personal health and safety: Workplace hygiene standards can differ according to the location, so health issues are a matter of concern for a candidate. It will be risky for anyone having chronic medical conditions to compromise health and safety issues.
Theft, Fraudulence, and Crime: Expatriates can become easy targets of anti-social elements, so one must have to be careful and know whom to report in the worst condition.
How Is an Organization Supposed To Help Its Foreign Employees?
It is the responsibility of an organization to establish compliance, and assist in completing the necessary legalities, and maintain regular communication in order to complete the employee onboarding process in a hassle-free manner. It will also be necessary to provide a well-designed relocation package to those who are being hired from another country. Many times, companies provide culture and language training to expatriates.
Here are a few criteria that have to be fulfilled carefully while hiring a foreign national:
Work Permit & Visa Sponsorship: an organization is responsible to help the expatriate in completing the documentation procedures and processes of working in a host country. If the worker is signing an assignment, he would require visa sponsorship from the organization for which he is going to work. It is a costly and lengthy process, and the organization has to ensure that everything is done rightfully, and the expenses are managed successfully.
Expatriation Cost: Organization has to calculate the costs and expenditures while preparing an employee to work overseas.
Here are the financial factors that matter:
Employment and labor laws
Statutory entitlements and benefits
Accommodation benefits and allowances
Family benefits such as schooling and childcare
Work permit expenses
When an employee feels financially satisfied, he will certainly be able to work efficiently. Most companies use tax equalization rules to ensure that expatriates do not have to pay more taxes than the local workers. However, taxation laws can be dissimilar in different countries.