Critical Immigration Knowledge Provides a Competitive Advantage

A recertification provider’s perspective on the benefits of awareness of global talent mobility

By Jamie Gilpin, MBA Jun 8, 2017

​According to the PwC Talent Mobility 2020 and Beyond report, "The business world is in the midst of fundamental change, and in 2020 and beyond, the ability of organizations to manage their global talent efficiently will mark the difference between success and failure. Talent management will become a key strategic tool, which places great responsibility on the shoulders of HR."

The report also found that 71 percent of Millennials expect to have and want an overseas assignment during their career. HR's function in workforce mobility and immigration is clearly increasingly important in the complex, ever-changing global economy.

The right immigration policies and global mobility programs can, in addition, create a competitive advantage in attracting Millennials.

For HR professionals in organizations that hire employees across borders, staying up to date on changes is critical to the ability to manage talent mobility programs efficiently and in compliance with laws and regulations. Through recertification, savvy SHRM certificants show that they are doing more than staying current—they demonstrate their commitment to lifelong learning and to ensuring best practices in their organizations. Recertification providers help SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP credential-holders build their skills and capabilities in the fast-moving environment of talent management.

Envoy is a member of SHRM's Recertification Provider Program, delivering immigration and mobility content focused on empowering HR professionals with the knowledge to seize this global opportunity. Since its founding in 1998, Envoy's goal has been to bring simplicity, efficiency and transparency to the immigration and work authorization process through expert legal representation and innovative technology, making it easier for people to work anywhere in the world and for companies to hire and manage their global workforces.

Emilie Clark, SHRM-CP, director of total rewards at Centro, a cloud-based software company in Chicago, has leveraged content and recertification credits from Envoy's local roundtable events and webinars. "It is important for me to keep up my recertification, not only for my personal growth but to ensure I am staying abreast of best practices for my growing organization," Clark said. Her ongoing education has included Envoy's programs on "Surviving PERM Labor Certification" and "Stay on Track: H-1B Timeline," which Clark said "has been an important part of my ability to manage our immigration program efficiently."

Envoy has invested significantly in designing an innovative education curriculum that qualifies for SHRM recertification credits. Each program goes through a rigorous curriculum development plan, which includes surveys, research, third-party research with Harris Poll/Nielsen and educational design. Experts in global mobility and immigration and experienced immigration attorneys from Envoy's affiliated law firm, Global Immigration Associates, play a lead role in creating and delivering the content.

In alignment with the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge, Envoy's approved recertification programs focus on the Global & Cultural Effectiveness behavioral competency, and on two functional areas within the HR Expertise technical competency: HR in the Global Context (part of the Workplace Knowledge Domain) and Workforce Management (part of the Organization Knowledge Domain). Educational opportunities are available for certificants at both proficiency levels–"all HR professionals" and "advanced HR professionals." Envoy regularly conducts surveys to ensure continuous improvement in program content and quality: each year, to collect requests for new offerings based on the interests and needs of the community, and after each program, in preparation for the next event.

Among the Envoy programs that help demystify the issues surrounding immigration and global mobility:

  • Visa and work permit considerations.
    • Visa and green card 101 webinars. Monthly refreshers for industry veterans and basics for new practitioners. Presenters review fundamentals and best practices for handling each kind of immigrant and nonimmigrant visa issued in the U.S. and abroad. Increases knowledge and understanding of how to sponsor foreign national talent.
  • Cross-culture and cross-border issues.
    • Advanced content on global mobility strategies and company immigration policies. White papers, immigration policy best practices, surveys, e-books and reports serve as educational tools for seasoned professionals or HR leaders looking to educate their executive team.
    • Local roundtable events. HR professionals come together to discuss high-level topics around immigration policy, global workforce management, strategic sourcing and talent mobility best practices.
    • Best practices and thought leadership webinars. Once a month, immigration attorneys and HR leaders explore best practices in global workforce management, including compliance, expat employee experience, policy changes and global business trends. Includes tips and tricks for securing work authorization around the world. 

SHRM certificants are welcome to subscribe to Envoy's blog for weekly immigration news and invitations to webinars and local roundtable events. 

Did You Know?

  • 77% of employers say filling a skills gap is very or extremely important to hiring internationally.
  • 55% of employers expect to increase their foreign national employee head count.
  • 59% of employers expect their demand for work authorizations outside of the U.S. to increase.

Source: Envoy Immigration Trends Report 2017. 

Jamie Gilpin, MBA, is chief marketing officer and workforce trends analyst at Envoy. 


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