Corporate Immigration Services – Managing the Immigration Landscape
Into the new millennium the world’s interconnectedness has continued to grow at an exponential rate, and with that growth the need for corporate immigration services have increased . Company representation in multiple countries and people movement across borders is often a viable option in modern global business. Needs such as skills transfer, cross-training and standardisation of business functions and function monitoring are necessary in order to ensure a success.
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Management of staff movement has traditionally been viewed as an afterthought after business decisions were made. Often viewed as a stand-alone function focusing on the speed of obtaining the required visa, companies have encountered difficulties in not considering the particular immigration implications of specific countries.
At LISSA we are able to advise corporate entities intending to establish a presence in South Africa from the commencement of the process, allowing them to gain advantage by avoiding pit-falls in the start-up process. The South African economic, labour, business and immigration landscape is unique in its aspects and gaining a clear picture of the interconnectedness of these and business will be another step in the right direction when establishing a presence in South Africa.
Existing corporate entities will also gain benefit from obtaining a wider view of immigration implications and compliance. The South African immigration law amendments are expected to come into force in mid 2014, requiring a stock-take of the changes and possible adaptation to such changes.
We at LISSA do not view our role as solely arranging a work visa for staff of corporate entities but rather in being your business partner in managing your business needs, immigration compliance in terms of South African immigration law and also world-wide anti-bribery and corruption law, drafting of company immigration policies and interactions with the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labour and any other relevant industry bodies.