Global Trends Report: Regulating Foreign Labor

Immigration policies can help countries enhance or restrict the flow of foreign labor, depending on local needs. Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, countries are finding creative ways to regulate immigration according to their individual economies and varying local labor demands across different industry sectors and geographical regions. The strategic use of these policies enables
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BAL White Paper: Global travel, social media and immigration controls

Did you know that U.S. citizens can be searched without a warrant at the US border? Were you aware that employees may have their company and personal phones, laptops and other mobile devices seized at the border? Did you know that, around the world, border officials are focusing on travelers’ social media profiles? Or that
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White Paper: Immigration and Family Dependents

Companies placing workers internationally are not simply sending employees abroad—they are also sending their families. Global mobility managers have seen that family issues frequently cause assignments to fail and, as a result, are beginning to recognize the connection between a happy family and a successful overseas assignment. It is imperative that companies and mobility teams
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Global Trends Report: The Race for Tech Talent

As the global race heats up for premier science and technology talent, a growing number of countries are using immigration policy to compete for technology companies, high-skilled workers and investors in innovative fields. Additionally, many countries are easing business travel, expanding visa-waiver programs, and implementing electronic visa programs to encourage trade, commerce and investment. BAL’s
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Global Trends Report: 2018 Immigration Forecasting

Immigration and business travel policies for the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Saudi Arabia and a number of other countries changed profoundly in 2017. Understanding the trends that drove immigration policy reform last year can help mobility teams to forecast the direction of upcoming changes and consider strategic alternatives for 2018 mobility planning. U.S.
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Global Trends Report Fall 2017

Seismic changes jolted the world’s immigration landscape in 2017—Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States, the United Kingdom invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and formally triggered its exit from the European Union, and Australia’s prime minister abolished the Subclass 457, the country’s most widely used immigration category, announcing plans to
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BAL Analysis: White House immigration priorities — 5 takeaways for US employers

On Sunday October 8, the White House released a list of immigration priorities that it says should be included in any legislation to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program into law. The priority list makes no immediate changes to the immigration system and is instead intended to shape the upcoming legislative debate
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Analysis: BAL White Paper examines Brexit’s impact on Ireland

One of the most significant, complex and potentially intractable issues within the Brexit negotiations is the question of Ireland – that is, how will the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, taking Northern Ireland along with it, affect and disrupt existing agreements between Ireland and the U.K. that currently provide enormous benefits to the
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Global Trends Report August 2017

After veering right, turn toward center After a year in which populist and nationalist movements pushed immigration policy to the right, led by the U.K.’s Brexit vote and the U.S. election of Donald Trump, the tide appears to be ebbing. In recent months, several countries, including Brazil, Canada, France and Ireland, have embraced more liberal
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Benchmarking Report: Australia – Changes and Reforms to Skilled-Immigration Programmes

In a surprise announcement aimed at “putting Australians first,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared in April of this year that the Australian Government will abolish the Subclass 457 Temporary Skilled Work visa and replace it with a new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa that more tightly controls the migration and hiring of skilled foreign workers. To read
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