Thinking of sending your employees overseas to further your business opportunities?
Travelling with improper immigration status and conducting activities that are not permitted under business visas can result in fines for both the employer and employee and potentially incarceration and deportation for the employee.
It is not uncommon for travelers to make it all the way to their destination only to be denied entry. Not only is this unnerving and embarrassing for the employee it is also expensive for the company. But with careful planning, you can ensure a smooth entry in your destination country.
Here are some handy tips for business travelers*:
- Be sure you’ve investigated and vetted the requirements for the business visa or work permit for your destination with qualified counsel well in advance of your trip.
- Always travel with a letter from your employer confirming that you are an employee of the company and detailing the scope of your activities in your destination country.
- Make sure your passport has at least 6 months validity.
- Be prepared to show a copy of your return or onward-bound ticket.
- Be prepared to show a source of support and funds.
- Always monitor your stay in the destination country from the date you arrive to ensure you do not overstay your entry visa or the time specified in the rules for business travel.
- If you are traveling repeatedly, be sure to bring this to the attention of both immigration and tax counsel, as this can result in increased scrutiny at the point of entry, potentially unintended tax consequences, or both.
Grace Mobility can help put you in touch with the right experts to make sure you and your employees don’t get caught out. Grace works closely with your HR Manager and employee to ensure any prospective work permit meets the regulatory criteria of the destination country and the specific needs of the employee.
*Information courtesy of Worldwide ERC