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Visa and immigration regulations vary from country to country but share one common feature: they’re complex and hard to navigate. Destinations services specialists guide employees through the process, explaining what’s required, assisting with paperwork and generally acting as an intermediary.
There is nothing like a local, on-the-ground guide to help employees and families become familiar with their new city and country.
Orientations usually include guided tours of the area, an overview of various neighborhoods and an introduction to all things new arrivals need to know: school options, transportation, shopping amenities—i.e., how things work. Services are personalized to each employee and family’s needs.
One common reason that global relocations fail is that an employee’s spouse or partner fails to acclimate. Spousal/partner assistance helps prevent this from happening, by helping spouses and partners find employment, network in their new location or otherwise make connections.
There’s so much logistical work that accompanies a move: registering kids at their new school, setting up the utilities, opening a new bank account. That’s hard enough when moving locally, let alone globally. Destination services specialists show newcomers the ropes, so families can settle in faster.
Clearly, the objective of all relocation benefits is to help facilitate a smooth, stress-free move for employees and their families. Destination services takes that intent several steps further, helping to ensure the success of global and high-stakes relocations. While not required for every move, it’s a useful tool in an employer’s recruitment toolbox—and a hallmark of many competitive relocation programs.