When an expanding company does not want the effort or cost of setting up a local entity themselves, a Global Employment Organization (GEO) provides them with a problem-free and cost-effective mechanism for a quick start. The company that is expanding into the foreign market can use Shield GEO to employ and payroll their staff in a particular country.
As the Employer of Record Shield GEO then assumes the legal responsibility for these employees, sponsoring them on work permits (if required), complying with local employment law and handling every aspect of immigration requirements.
The client remains responsible for day to day management of employees, and Shield GEO takes on responsibility for visa and work permit sponsorship and administering local employment. The only difference for the employee is that their pay slip comes through Shield.
Shield GEO services can benefit a company in several scenarios:
If a company does not have an entity established in a foreign market, there may be barriers to obtaining work permits. Since many countries require a formal, registered business presence for work permit sponsorships, there is a tendency to look for ways around this regulation. For example, sending employees on multiple short assignments, using the wrong type of visa or extending a work assignment without the proper documentation.
Failure to secure the proper immigration permissions carries risks for a company including:
By using the services of Shield GEO a company can avoid these ongoing pitfalls of staffing foreign offices, including the expense and damage to business reputation in the instance of any violations. Repeated non-compliance by a company in a foreign market could create barriers to future business activity and expansion in that country.
When a company uses Shield GEO to handle employment requirements, we can assist in the following areas:
Each of these areas has their own specific in country structure of laws and regulations, and many foreign markets are becoming more strict in the enforcement of these rules. Shield GEO helps you avoid any compliance or immigration issues that could delay or interrupt your staffing process. For the client this means quicker deployment, reduced compliance risk and less expense.
The Shield GEO immigration service uses these basic steps on behalf of the client:
If a company decided to handle all of these areas on its own, there is a great deal of work, management and expense involved, which will differ between each host country. Some of the steps involved will include:
There is a real advantage for expanding multinational companies in using the immigration and work permit services of Shield GEO. Shield handles the complex and country-specific employment administration, while the client can focus on the substantive business activity and employee performance. When the client uses Shield for its immigration and work permit documentation, they are assured that employees will be in compliance with local laws and can pursue their assignment without delays or obstacles. If you are interested in learning more about immigration rules in a particular country please contact us.