Legal Services: Immigration

Solving business immigration issues with legal and technological solutions

Global workforce mobility is a critical issue for international businesses and a key risk area, given the legal and operational difficulties that can emerge. You need to be able to move your most important asset, your people, swifty and easily across borders. With borders closed, travel restricted and quarantines imposed, you need to understand the new challenges to business continuity and immigration compilance.

Challenges facing global workforce mobility:

Complying with current immigration legislation

Having the technology and ability to navigate immigration changes

Implementing an efficient business immigration strategy

How we can help

Our full-service immigration team works with clients to understand their needs. We provide high-quality immigration support, driven and supported by our technology platform. We implement cutting-edge technology solutions to tackle complex immigration processes and work closely with colleagues in Employment Law, People & Organisation and Global Mobility Tax services to give clients innovative and integrated practical advice with a business focus. With strong links to governments, we drive the business immigration agenda globally. This ensures that your concerns are heard and taken into account at a policy-making level.

Get Ready, Be Ready and Stay Ready

The UK immigration system is changing in less than six months. Our free ‘Are you ready’ online test allows you to quickly take a look at whether or not your organisation is prepared for the changes ahead.

The test takes a couple of minutes to complete and you will receive a report that will highlight the areas that your business needs to focus on.

The new immigration system coupled with the unprecedented impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) means that acting now will help you to navigate any disruption ahead.

We are here to help you Get Ready, Be Ready and Stay Ready.

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Our core services

We can solve your immigration challenges and needs, by providing:

  • Co-ordinated worldwide immigration support in over 175 locations
  • Business travel support using our marketing leading technology
  • Advice and support on business visitor and student/graduate visas
  • Strategic deployment planning and compliance advice
  • Work visas and temporary permit applications, including senior level support for VIP and executive cases
  • Citizenship and permanent residency applications
  • Immigration audits
  • Advice on entry permission for inward investors
  • Discretionary applications and personalised immigration assistance
  • Emergency support

Our specialist immigration services

Brexit

Brexit has created change for all business sectors, particularly in the allocation and movement of staff. We can help businesses and individuals prepare for and address the opportunities and risks by providing support, strategy and advice.

How we can help you

We help clients address the challenges they're facing in relation to immigration and freedom of movement as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. Our combination of legal expertise and business insight will help you with workforce composition, workforce planning, and mobility and visas, minimising any disruptions to business travel post Brexit.

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Case studies

Addressing end to end immigration compliance for a large global retail bank

The challenge

Our client’s global footprint and mobility requirements had evolved rapidly and they needed to focus on maintaining compliance in a highly regulated environment, especially in certain high-risk locations. They needed assistance with:

  • Global immigration support across 80 different location
  • Risk mitigation for exposure of the business to immigration, tax social security and PE breaches
  • Global business visa support
  • Global immigration and business travel policy

How did we help?

We worked closely with the bank to transition their existing global immigration population, re-set their global policy and governance. We implemented, delivered and managed a multi-disciplinary service provision that drove down costs and created enhanced compliance, reduced internal management time and delivered a market-leading business traveller and traveler mobility programme.

The result

We delivered an efficient global mobility programme solution that greatly reduced the bank’s global exposure to immigration and tax compliance, whilst providing enhanced data analytics and placing their overall program significantly ahead of the market.

Helping a client plan moves and projects more strategically

The challenge

We advised a professional services firm that wanted to be agile enough to deal with overseas moves and projects, but keep costs low and transparent. The firm wanted to be able to understand the feasibility, timelines and costs of projects when negotiating contracts with their clients and when looking to onboard new talent.

How did we help?

We implemented a self-service solution to allow them to assess the feasibility, costs, applicable and quick immigration routes, as well as any personal, cultural corporate red flags that the business needed to be aware of.

The result

Our solution helped create a more agile business that was able to make informed decisions around project candidates. It also helped them plan costs and timelines in advance, and often at the point of client contract negotiations, giving greater control and insight into their margins and ability to organise client delivery dates.

Supporting a client in a large M&A deal

The challenge

We advised a client that was on course to close a deal to exchange business units with another company. Each client’s respective deal-closing dates were different, which added an additional layer of complexity.

Both parties to the deal wanted to ensure the continuation of work, while also reassuring employees throughout the process of switching employer. To ensure this, we managed the project on behalf of both companies.

How did we help?

We worked closely with both companies and their legal counsel to ensure continued compliance with immigration requirements for transferring individuals. We scheduled regular calls between all relevant stakeholders and shared updates centrally on a daily basis in the lead up to the deal close date. We assisted with consultations on country requirements, including setting up sponsorship registrations and the resulting immigration applications. We also provided contingency plans for employees where a break in the continuation of work was unavoidable, and provided advice on payroll, travel restrictions and secondment options.

The result

We enabled a smooth transfer of employees from one sponsoring company to another, with required immigration actions planned and completed efficiently. We minimised any gaps in continuation of work by putting contingency plans and alternative options in place after discussing with all relevant stakeholders the most appropriate solution.

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Sharan Kundi

Sharan Kundi

Partner, PwC United Kingdom

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