October 3, 2013:
Canadian companies should be aware that the impacts of the US federal shutdown are both immediate in some cases and may be lingering in other cases if it drags on.
All Points strongly recommends that anyone with cross-border business travellers, cross-border relocations or cross-border assignees read Fragomen’s excellent update below. Information should be distributed internally to those that might be affected.
Of particular note, All Points would like to highlight at this time that if a Canadian company has recently sent an employee to the United States either on a permanent relocation or on a cross-border assignment wherein the employee was to receive pay from US payroll, the Social Security Administration has confirmed that it is not accepting or processing applications for Social Security numbers. Foreign nationals who are unable to obtain an SSN may not be able to apply for a U.S. driver’s license, open a bank account or obtain other benefits. Human Resources should arrange to reach all those that may have been relocated just before October 1 to see if transferees or assignees need assistance until the Social Security Administration begins processing applications again.
This Relo-lert is intended for informational use only. If you have any questions regarding the impact of this information on your organization, please contact All Points Relocation at [email protected].