This article originally appeared in the June 2018 edition of Mobility Magazine.
It’s a complex time in the history of global immigration law. A convergence of trends is placing unprecedented pressures on global organizations.
As international business opportunities have increased, enterprises have begun relying more heavily on their global mobility programs to connect the right talent with the right opportunities to achieve strategic growth. As a result, global mobility leaders—those responsible for the global deployment of their organizations’ talent—expect their partners to provide a whole new level of guidance to help them navigate the current environment. This raises the bar for today’s immigration professional. The ability to think differently across all aspects of service has become paramount to success.
Immigration is drastically different today than it was even five years ago. It’s radically changing across all parts of the world, and governments are challenged to adapt more quickly than ever. Today, there are three key influences reshaping global immigration and global mobility.
The new industry dynamics emerging in global immigration are also changing the nature of what businesses look for in a partner. Historically, a blend of immigration boutique and multidisciplinary law firms has sufficiently served the needs of this market. But the changing immigration environment, including the arrival of new players and competitive pressures, is spurring organizations to search out a new level of focused, specialized expertise.
Today’s global mobility leader needs access to the latest immigration data and sophisticated tools to accelerate smart policy decisions, streamline internal and external processes, reduce costs, and improve the overall employee experience. Immigration advisers must provide a new level of strategy and insight to help global mobility leaders keep their organizations ahead.
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Changes in global immigration perspectives and policies surface almost daily—along with an uncertainty about their effects. Brexit has the potential to reshape immigration and freedom of movement across the U.K. and its European neighbors.
In the U.S., the Trump administration issued nine significant actions, in its first 100 days alone, that changed the way the U.S. approaches immigration. The policy changes within global immigration, both written and unwritten, have required a shift in mindset for today’s employers and a careful look at their global mobility priorities. In fact, compliance risk management currently occupies the No. 1 spot on the list of assignment management challenges for today’s global enterprises.
Companies are under increased scrutiny to comply with federal guidelines and face even greater challenges in moving critical talent around the world to achieve their business goals.
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Technology is advancing at a rapid speed. From creating more efficiencies in our daily work to enhancing design workflows and facilitating virtual collaboration, technology is embedded across all parts of modern-day business. With greater access and global data share, however, comes greater potential for data theft. In fact, more than 5 million breaches occur every day.
It’s no surprise that the global cybersecurity market is projected to reach $232 billion by 2022. Without the right data protection strategy, organizations risk losing control over sensitive employee information, top-secret corporate strategy, and competitive industry intelligence. For a company in the midst of a multimillion-dollar business deal or with a breakthrough technology in development, corporate data theft can put their future in peril. And security certifications aren’t enough. There’s the back-end security, but then there’s the practical application of people handling the data and what they do with it. Anyone who handles critical information must be aware of and follow safe practices.
Read the rest of this article in the June 2018 edition of Mobility Magazine.