Top 6 Challenges Relocating Expatriates to Calgary

March 28, 2012 Global assignees face many challenges when relocating to Calgary. This occurs despite the fact that Calgary is going to be one of the most important Canadian destinations in the foreseeable future. It can offer an incredible lifestyle experience for the expat family, but it also has its challenges. Ignoring the administrative difficulties […]

US Citizen and Immigration Services Accepting H-1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2013

March 26, 2012: On Monday, April 2, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting FY 2013 H-1B cap-subject petitions for employment starting on October 1, 2012. The H-1B visa is used to employ foreign workers in professional or specialty occupation positions.   Any position that requires at least a bachelor’s degree as a minimum […]

Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Compliance Audits Increase

March 21, 2012: Recently there has been an increase in compliance audits, including assessments, to ensure TFWs are working under Subtantially the Same (STS) terms and conditions of employment set out in the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) confirmation letter and annex. It has been almost a year since Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) […]

Insurance Hurdles for Expatriates in Canada

March 20, 2012 On a recent long weekend style trip to New York City, Audrey and I went to lunch with some friends from the industry (yes, Relocation invades our vacation mindset). The wife of the couple has her own business that provides auto insurance for expatriates on global assignments. Expatriates make actuaries and insurance […]

Stricter Enforcement of Japanese Import Regulations

March 15, 2012: As reported on March 8, 2012 by Santa Fe Relocation, Japan Import Regulations for air shipments are being more strictly enforced at the Narita Airport.  Santa Fe is advising that valued inventories be completed by all shippers arriving at the Narita Airport for both accompanied and unaccompanied shipments. This news falls on the heels […]

Don’t let your kids grow up to be movers or appraisers

March 13, 2012 OK ? it doesn’t make a catchy cry in your beer? western classic song, but it is true. Come on movers! Come on appraisers! Complain about me on my blog. Am I a terrible anti-mover-ite? Not at all. I think you all perform an important service for the relocation industry. But seriously […]

Business Leaders Want Action

March 11, 2012: Canadian business leaders were asked to rank a number of key issues that should be addressed in the upcoming federal budget. Their responses clearly show that the gap between available jobs and the skill set of available workers is of key concern. As reported by BNN, the Gandalf Group’s most recent C-Suite reportshows that […]

Oversupply of workers undersupply of talent. Relocation to the Rescue!

March 8, 2012 The world stands on the brink of a global employability crisis, i.e. an oversupply of available workers and an undersupply of qualified talent, Reports ManpowerGroup in its 2011 Talent Shortage Survey. In Canada, 29% of employers report difficulty in filling positions due to lack of available qualified talent. And this is not […]