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10 quick tips about EU Cross Border Moves

Posted by Lena Rekdal on Oct 11, 2016 9:39:00 AM

With several EU countries showing increasing signs of resistance to the ongoing immigration crisis, combined with the recent Brexit, it would be fair to say that the European Union as a whole will endure some form of changes to immigration policy. For both employees and companies working in the EU, the possibility of changes to visa-free travel could have an impact on operations as well as work-related travel. While the impact on the transfer of goods is expected to be minimal, the impacts on worker relocation could be significant. In light of potential alterations in policy, here are ten quick tips about immigration in the EU.

Plan Ahead

While vacation travel is relatively unaffected by the immigration concerns, relocation of company personnel is held to a different standard. It might take some time to arrange the necessary documentation as well as prepare any company responses that might be required. Therefore, having a significant amount of advance warning of any relocation is essential.

Gather All Documentation

This might seem obvious to many, however, this includes all documentation and records necessary for relocation. School records and immunization records for children, any professional documentation, financial records and more should be gathered and prepared.

Don't Assume "One Size Fits All"

Even within the Schengen area, there have been some changes to the immigration situation. For example, both France and Belgium have altered their cross-border systems due to a high risk of terrorism. Therefore, don't make the mistake of assuming that what works in one location will work in another.

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Know Before You Go

Is a work permit required? Is there any specific salary requirements for work in a specific location? Immigration in the EU can be complex as it is based on a wide set of variables specific to each country. Therefore, it is important to research each location to know what is required.

Tax Assessment

Do you have to pay taxes in your host country as well as your home country? Will you have to pay taxes if you relocate back on income earned while in the host country? This should be determined and understood before relocation.

Language Barrier

Some EU countries have requirements related to the ability to speak and understand the local language. Thus, you should determine if language training is required before relocation.

Don't Go It Alone

As mentioned, immigration in the EU can be challenging. Do not attempt to do it alone. It is better to use a relocation service that understands and can navigate the complexity of EU immigration.

Take Advantage Of Any Assistance

Do you need help finding a home? There are many assistance services in EU countries that can assist you getting settled in. The property markets in the EU can be difficult to navigate and having assistance can prevent a lot of upheaval in your relocation.

Health Services

In addition to your medical records, having any necessary prescriptions or information related to any treatments you require should also be prepared.

Report Properly and Promptly

If you have any questions, concerns or encounter problems with relocating, be sure to report all the necessary information to your company.

Cross-border immigration in the EU for work related purposes does not have to be overwhelming. However, do not try it by yourself. Engage a relocation service that has the experience to help you understand and resolve any challenges for where you need to relocate. Thus, there is less of a chance of being impacted by any changes to the immigration policy.

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