Grace New Zealand Blog

If you’re thinking of sending your employees to work overseas, the last thing you want to do is end up in hot water.

Travelling with improper immigration status and conducting activities that are not allowed under business visas is a serious matter.

Breaches can result in fines for both the employer and employee, and potentially incarceration and deportation for the employee.

It is not uncommon for employees to make it all the way to their destination only to be denied entry. This can be both inconvenient and traumatic for your employees, not to mention expensive and embarrassing for your company.

Here are some handy tips for employees before they get on the plane*:

  1. Investigate the requirements for the business visa or work permit for your destination with qualified counsel well in advance of your trip.
  2. Travel with a letter from your employer confirming that you are an employee of the company and detailing the scope of your activities in your destination country.
  3. Ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity.
  4. Be prepared to show a copy of your return or onward-bound ticket.
  5. Be prepared to show a source of support and funds.
  6. Keep an eye on your dates to ensure you do not overstay your entry visa or the time specified in the rules for business travel.
  7. If you are traveling repeatedly, bring this to the attention of both immigration and tax counsel, as this can result in increased scrutiny at the point of entry, potentially unintended tax consequences, or both.

Remember, Grace Mobility can work closely with your HR Manager and the employee to ensure any prospective work permit meets the regulatory criteria of the destination country and the specific needs of the employee.

*Information courtesy of Worldwide ERC