Sourcing Global Talent: Introduction to Foreign National Recruitment and Immigration Compliance

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Allen Paul

Senior Mobility Advisor

Published: 13 Dec 2023

In today's interconnected world, businesses are continually expanding their horizons, seeking global talent, and exploring new markets. However, this path to international growth often comes with complex immigration requirements and challenges.  

In this article, we will introduce the general requirements for visas and immigration when hiring a foreign national in various countries, types of work visas, and how an Employer of Record (EOR) can assist in simplifying the complexity of visa applications and management. 

Navigating Immigration Requirements 

Each country has its unique set of mandatory criteria that both the foreign national and the sponsoring employer must fulfill. Educational qualifications are commonly required, often including at least a diploma or, in many cases, a bachelor's degree. Additionally, specific years of professional experience related to the role are typically mandated, with variations based on individual country regulations. 

Sponsoring employers also play a vital role in meeting these requirements. They must offer a salary that meets or exceeds the minimum wage stipulated by the host country. In certain instances, there may be a minimum capital requirement that the sponsoring employer needs to fulfill before being eligible to hire a foreign national. 

Moreover, many countries impose quota requirements, dictating a ratio between local and foreign nationals that sponsoring employers must adhere to. These ratios can vary significantly between countries, industries, and business sizes. For instance, Indonesia enforces a 5:1 ratio, while Thailand follows a 4:1 ratio. These policies aim to promote employment opportunities for local job seekers and ensure that employers prioritize local candidates and skills. 

Types of Work Visas 

Selecting the right visa category is essential for a successful international assignment, and this decision hinges on factors such as the duration of stay, the nature of the job, the employee's qualifications, and the specific regulations of the host country. 

Depending on the country's regulations, there are several types of work visas available for foreign nationals:  

  • Short-Term Work Permit: This visa is suitable for assignments of a shorter duration. It's often applied when the employee's stay is temporary and doesn't exceed a certain period defined by the host country's regulations.  

  • Long-Term Work Visa: For assignments that extend over a longer period, a long-term work visa is typically required. This category is suitable for employees who will be working in the host country for an extended period, often involving a more comprehensive application process.  

  • Highly Skilled Visa: Many countries offer specialized visas for employees with exceptional skills and qualifications. These visas are intended to attract top talent to fill specific roles that require advanced expertise.  

  • Standard Work Visa: This is the most common type of work visa, often applicable to a wide range of professional roles. The eligibility criteria may involve a balance between professional qualifications and experience. 

By partnering with an EOR partner like Atlas, your organization gains access to our expertise in navigating these visa complexities. We carefully validate employee and employer documents while understanding the unique assignment requirements, ensuring that the chosen work visa aligns seamlessly with your international hiring strategy.  

The EOR Advantage in Immigration Support 

Expanding globally and hiring foreign nationals is a significant undertaking for any organization. Leveraging an Employer of Record (EOR) offers numerous benefits that streamline the process and enhance efficiency. 

  • Streamlined Immigration Support: An EOR acts as the official sponsor for work visas, ensuring your company meets all immigration prerequisites. This meticulous process encompasses everything from documentation to legal compliance and ultimately securing the necessary work visas. 

  • Compliance Assurance: The EOR takes care of intricate details, ensuring expatriate employees work compliantly in the foreign country. This not only saves time and resources but also ensures that the hiring process aligns with local laws and regulations. 

  • Leveraging Local Expertise: EOR services like Atlas enable clients to leverage not only their local hires but also the local national work site employees of other clients within the network. This innovative approach optimizes workforce strategy and ensures compliance with local regulations. 

  • Simplified Workforce Management: Organizations partnering with an EOR can bypass the need to establish their legal entity in the new country or assemble a team of experts to navigate complex compliance matters. The EOR manages all aspects of the employee lifecycle, from onboarding to payroll. 

  • Cost-effective Hiring: Hiring foreign nationals through an EOR becomes faster, cost-effective, and hassle-free. With Atlas, you gain a direct solution that ensures compliance, simplifies the immigration process, and allows you to tap into global talent seamlessly. 

Join us in the latest Ask Atlas with Allen Paul, Senior Mobility Advisor at Atlas, to learn more about mobility processes, providing insights into the complexities of visa and immigration requirements when expanding a business internationally. 

Understanding the complex visa application processes and requirements in different countries is no easy task. Atlas has recently launched a whitepaper, " Global Mobility: Navigate through the Work-from-Anywhere Future" to help you understand global trends in cross-border talent mobility and the value of using an EOR in visa applications. Download our white paper to gain a deeper insight into how Atlas can be your guiding star in international expansion.