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Ensuring Compliance of International Business Travelers is a Critical Priority for Employers

Ensuring Compliance of International Business Travelers is a Critical Priority for Employers

Nearly half of a large group of multinational employers surveyed use a combination of sources to ensure that business travelers are procuring the correct type of travel and work authorization, while nearly 75% always provide the traveler with immigration support prior to travel, according to findings from the 2020 International Travelers Benchmark Report.

The report, co-sponsored by Fragomen, Global Tax Network (GTN) and Associates for International Research Inc. (AIRINC), which provides an overview of international business travel policy and practice, also revealed that more than two-thirds of those same organizations confirmed that some of their business travelers have been refused entry to a country due to visa issues.

“These findings from our survey clearly confirm the importance of implementing and maintaining comprehensive business traveler compliance systems to avoid the refusal of entry for such employees, and the related legal exposure to their employers,” said Scott FitzGerald, Managing Partner of Fragomen’s Boston office. “Importantly, organizations that conduct business around the world should ensure compliance by implementing and maintaining compliant processes and coordinating activities across relevant internal and external resources.”

Among other key findings from the report with respect to immigration and mobility:

  • 12% of respondents reported they have been subject to audits of their business travelers by immigration authorities.
  • 43% of respondents indicated they utilize multiple sources and protocols to procure work authorization and business visas.
 
To see the full 2020 International Travelers Benchmark Report, click here.