Friday, February 05, 2016 by SIRVA Asia

In 2016, Chinese New Year Day falls on February 8 and is represented by the year of the Monkey. In Chinese zodiac, the Monkey is a clever animal and it is believed that people born under this zodiac sign are smart, lively, quick-witted, clever and intelligent.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016 by SIRVA Communications

In recent years, the world has seen a major uptick in the number of people renting out their personal apartments to others on websites such as Airbnb, and other monster vacation rental sites. The impact to the hotel and corporate housing industry has been huge, as these sites have taken a great deal of business from both industries and things don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. This trend is impacting relocation as these personal rental sites are being viewed as comparable to corporate housing, when in truth, they are very different.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by SIRVA Communications

Immigration compliance continues to make front page news in Australia.

As reported in the media1, Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) officials recently raided a Pie Face operation in Sydney following reports of the exploitation of foreign workers. It is alleged that foreign workers on 457 visas have been underpaid. 7-Eleven workers on student visas around the country have also recently made allegations of systemic wage abuse.2

From an immigration perspective, all employers must ensure compliance with the Employer Sanctions legislation. Moreover, those employers who are also standard business sponsors under the Subclass 457 visa programme must also ensure compliance with their sponsorship obligations. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016 by SIRVA Communications
While the moving component of a relocation may appear to be universal, the way in which companies engage a household goods mover may vary. In turn, these variations can have a significant impact on a company’s total relocation costs, access to capacity, ability to track important relocation data and employee satisfaction. The three standard pricing and service methods in the moving industry are- direct, blended and bundled. Each have their own approach, which comes with a few notable differences. However, a new vertically integrated bundled model has recently emerged, combining many of the advantages of the standard three models into a unique approach. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by SIRVA Communications
In September of last year, the Shanghai Exit-Entry and Public Security Bureau issued a new electronic–Exit Entry Permit (e-EEP)/Tong Xing Zheng that directly affects Taiwan residents in Shanghai, China.

This permit authorizes residents of Taiwan to visit or reside in China, and the change is a way to facilitate travel between the two and expedite security.

Monday, January 04, 2016 by SIRVA Europe

There are several European countries in which there are currently ongoing changes in immigration law and or political situations that can have an effect on the immigration process for corporate companies moving their non-European Union (EU) employees to European countries.

Friday, December 18, 2015 by SIRVA Europe

The Government has announced that “right to rent” checks will come into force across England and Wales from 1 February 2016.

When placing an offer on a rental property, Letting Agents will request prospective tenants show sight of their immigration documents to ensure they have a legal right to reside in the UK.

The new rules will mean that landlords will only be able to rent properties to individuals who can provide a copy of their visa demonstrating they have the right to live in the UK. The landlord is required to ensure the checks are carried out at least 28 days prior to the tenancy start date.  This will be a similar process to the checks employers are obliged to carry out when someone begins work. A list of acceptable documents has been published.

Monday, October 12, 2015 by SIRVA Communications
Allied International, a SIRVA company, won the 2015 International Moving Company of the Year Award for quality and service excellence across the globe from the Forum for Expatriate Management (FEM). 

Allied International was able to demonstrate the strength of processes in place to track and monitor an entire move, their high-touch client communication process and their ability to respond to exceptional requests.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015 by SIRVA Europe

We are delighted to announce that SIRVA have been shortlisted for three categories at The Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards (EMMAs).

  1. Best Vendor Partnership - Relocation Management Companies
  2. Most Innovative Use of Technology in Global Mobility
  3. Relocation Management Company of the Year

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 by SIRVA Communications

The current truck driver shortage has had a multitude of effects, including directly impacting relocation budgets as the costs for moving services continue to rise substantially. Other impacts include less van line capacity, poor customer service and even increased liability risks. As In addition, the limited van line capacity could result in extended relocation times, leading to declining employee satisfaction.

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