Top 5 Most Asked Immigration Questions

Top 5 Most Asked Immigration Questions
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Being an immigration expert/consultant/specialist is already an enigma in itself: it’s not such a common job, and saying “I’m in immigration” leads to a shrug / frown, a hesitant “Oh really…?” or questions!
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The Oui Immigration team has decided to give you a top 5 of the questions we most frequently get in our beloved job.
  1. But what do you do, exactly? »

The most direct answer is “I manage immigration procedures for companies or individuals“.

The most complete answer is ” I help companies to be global by helping them recruit and/or send their talents internationally: for this, immigration is an absolutely key step in global mobility, since without immigration, there is no need to think about the employment contract, taxation, relocation, etc.: if you are not sure the person can legally work in the country,  the entire chain of global mobility collapses. As a result, companies contact me with a need (“I want to recruit such person in such country”), I ask the right questions (nationality, position, salary, type and duration of the contract,….), I then do a case assessment by giving the possible legal options, the main steps, the deadlines and the price, and if the client is OK with it,  the procedure is initiated in order to obtain the documents allowing the person to work in the country. We manage it in such a way that it runs smoothly, optimizing deadlines and ensuring that the client and his talent are reassured and have confidence in our expertise. In the end, everyone should be satisfied ++: the talent will have felt supported throughout the process and the client will be reassured that they have been able to meet the business needs of their company as quickly as possible and in full compliance with immigration law.” Yes, that’s a long answer. No, we don’t often get to the end.

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  1. “And do you like it?!”

Yes 😊

This job combines expertise with a deep sense of human touch, organization and rigor with the ability to find solutions quickly, patience with the authorities with a keen sense of service to clients and talents.

It is a game of chess that requires you to perfectly master the next moves and to anticipate within 3-4 moves the best strategy to win the game.

And there is a deep satisfaction when a talent arrives in the destination country and thanks us for our assistance throughout the procedure, or  when a CEO, HR or global mobility manager with whom a relationship of trust is created over the course of the files and solutions found.

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  1. “Which countries are the most complicated in terms of immigration?”

After 15 years in immigration, one of the countries that I find relatively difficult in terms of immigration is not very far from our French borders – and since I don’t want to create a diplomatic crisis, I’ll let you guess which one it is!

Define “complicated” in immigration, first: it can be documents to be provided, deadlines, complicated authorities, changing procedures and/or requiring many unclear steps.

The most complex point is certainly that of the authorities – depending on the country’s policy, the authorities in charge of immigration will have more or less resources, qualified staff and tools to manage immigration applications. In the end, this is where the crux of the matter lies, since the authorities remain sovereign in their decisions and deadlines, and this is the point over which we have the least control – which is why presenting a very complete file is essential (and this is where our expertise comes in).

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  1. We sent him on a business visa, it’s fine, isn’t it? »

It’s impossible not to put this recurring question in our top 5 – the answer is in the question because in general, no, it’s not fine 😊

It all depends on the activities on site and the length of stay. To put it simply, the business visa does NOT allow you to work, it allows you to attend conferences, seminars, meetings between colleagues/teams, meet clients, etc.

To put it simply, “Business: you talk about it; Work: you do it“. So sending an engineer for 3 years on a business visa is a huge no, which puts the engineer, the host company and the sending company at high risk for non-compliance with the country’s immigration law.

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  1. “Do you have any contacts to speed up the process?”

Yes, we have contacts with the authorities, or we can establish them.

No, this does not mean that the procedure will be accelerated/facilitated/accepted. Again, the authorities are sovereign and they are increasingly putting a very clear border in order to protect that sovereignty, and avoid any accusations of corruption… and they should be praised for that.

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We hope you enjoyed this top 5, and we obviously look forward to hearing your own questions! Do not hesitate to contact us to ask them: oui@oui-immigration.com

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