Virginia, US

Jo is an Attorney and Managing Partner of Fragomen’s Brussels office. She is responsible for managing corporate immigration compliance and advisory work for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, as well as the coordination work for France.

In this role, she supports multinational and medium-sized corporations and individuals with effective and efficient immigration solutions for both inbound and outbound moves.

In addition, Jo leads Fragomen’s Government Strategies initiatives in relation to European institutions and represents Fragomen in the European Commission Expert Group on Economic Migration.

Prior to joining Fragomen, Jo was a member of the Board of Directors at one of the leading audit/tax consultancy firms in Belgium. In this role, she endorsed the overall responsibility of business immigration and social security casework and strategic counsel for Belgium and the Netherlands.

Jo’s thorough knowledge of all aspects of global mobility, ranging from immigration to social security and individual labor law solutions, gives her a well-rounded and strategic view of immigration-based and cost containment solutions on behalf of her clients.

Jo speaks English, Dutch and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Education


Catholic University of Leuven | LL.M., 1992

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Brussels

Member, HR Committee, American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium

Member, Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC)

Has more than 15 years of experience in managing global engagements, as well as Belgian and European social security and immigration policy and advisory work.

Partnered with private clients to meet their immigration needs in the context of estate and fiscal planning.

Acted as a legal adviser to corporate clients on all issues linked to the employment of personnel and performance and reward.

Publications and Lectures

Speaker, “Companies in the globalized world.” Panel presentation, EMN Annual Conference/EE EU Presidency Conference on Migration, Tallinn, September 21, 2017.

Speaker, “Towards a Truly European Permit.” Webinar, NetExpat Global HR Think Tank, Brussels, September 12, 2017.

Author, “De Belgische nationaliteitswetgeving benadeelt Britse EU-ambtenaren (Belgian nationality legislation is detrimental to British EU officials).” Knack, 4 September 2017: n. pag. Web.

Speaker, “Immigratie naar België: aandachtspunten voor de vermogensplanning van uw client (Immigration to Belgium: Considerations for Estate Planning).” Seminar, Estate Planning Days M&D Seminars, Sint-Niklaas, August 25, 2017.  

Speaker, “Brexit: A View From The Continent.” Panel presentation, Talent Mobility - EMEA Policy & Strategy Summit 2017, Amsterdam, June 22, 2017.

Speaker, “Added value of the reform of the EU Blue Card Directive.” Panel presentation, ERA Annual Conference on European Migration Law – Focus on the Reform of the EU Legal Migration System, Brussels, June 15, 2017.

Speaker, “Immigration Trends and Challenges Across Europe” and “When in Rome… - The Essentials for Localising an Employee.” Panel presentation, 45th Annual IBIS Academy, Cannes, May 1-5, 2017.

Speaker, “China’s New Immigration Policy and Brexit Update.” Seminar, Fragomen China Breakfast Briefing, Shanghai, March 22, 2017.

Speaker, “Legal Migration: How Blue will the New Card be?” Panel presentation, Odysseus Annual Conference on Beyond ‘Crisis’? The State of Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in the EU, Brussels, February 10, 2017.

Speaker, “A new proposal for the EU Blue Card Scheme and what this means for businesses.” Webinar, Fragomen, September 13, 2016.

Speaker, “Towards a coherent EU labour immigration policy.” Public hearing, European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels, September 8, 2016.

Speaker, “What is new in Immigration Regulations in Belgium.” Lecture, Expat Network Meeting at Donaldson, Leuven, June 16, 2016.

Speaker, “The EU Blue Card.” Seminar, NetExpat Global HR Think Tank, Brussels, June 14, 2016.

Speaker, “How the Schengen Legislation in the current European landscape impacts your immigration approach?” Seminar, Fragomen, Brussels, June 7, 2016.

Speaker, “How the Schengen Legislation in the current European landscape impacts your immigration approach?” Lecture, FEM Belgium Chapter Meeting, Brussels, June 2, 2016.

Co-author, “Changes in immigration status and purpose of stay: an overview of EU Member States approaches.” Focussed Study of the Belgian National Contact Point of the European Migration Network (EMN), May 2016.

Speaker, “What is new in Immigration Regulations in Belgium?” Presentation, ABRA AGM and Member Meeting, Brussels, May 19, 2016. 

Speaker, “Facts, Policy Developments and what’s next for Europe?” Fragomen webinar, January 27, 2016.

Co-author, “Admitting Third-Country Nationals for Business Purposes in Belgium.” Focussed Study of the Belgian National Contact Point of the European Migration Network (EMN), January 2015. 

Interviewee, “Als HR de grens over trekt…” (“When HR crosses external borders…”). Interview, HR Magazine, November 2014. 

Co-author, “De tewerkstelling van hooggeschoolde buitenlandse arbeidskrachten op de Belgische arbeidsmarkt” (“The Employment of Highly Skilled Foreign Nationals on the Belgian Labour Market”). In Ontwikkelingen in het Europees, Belgisch en Vlaams arbeidsmigratierecht Migratie- en Migratenrecht 15 (Developments in the European, Belgian and Flemish labour migration law), Die Keure, 2014.

Speaker, “Immigratie en de nood aan fiscale en estate planning” (“Immigration and the Need for Fiscal and Estate Planning”). M&D Seminars, Leuven, March 19, 2014.

Speaker, “Arbeidsmigratie van hooggeschoolden: Blauwe kaart en anderen” (“Labour migration of highly skilled workers: European Blue Card and other permits”). Ontwikkelingen in het Europees, Belgisch en Vlaams arbeidsmigratierecht, Studiedag Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen, November 19, 2013.

Speaker, “Immigratie en de nood aan fiscale en estate planning” (“Immigration and the Need for Fiscal and Estate Planning”). Grensoverschrijdende Tewerkstelling en Mobiliteit, Themadag M&D Seminars, Gent, November 8, 2013.

Speaker, “Het aantrekken van hooggeschoolde en geschoolde buitenlandse arbeidskrachten. Belgisch en Europees perspectief” (“Attracting Highly Qualified and Qualified Third Country Nationals. Belgian and European Perspective”). European Migration Network (EMN) – National Contact Point Belgium, Brussels, September 30, 2013.Co-author, “Attracting Highly Qualified and Qualified Third Country Nationals to Belgium.” Focussed Study of the Belgian National Contact Point of the European Migration Network (EMN), July 2013.

Speaker, “Business Migration of Highly Skilled Workers.” Amcham, Belgium, June 18, 2013.

Speaker, “Economic Migration in Belgium and the EU – Trends and New Developments.” Intercompany Expatriation Network, Brussels, June 13, 2013.

Speaker, “Le recours à la main d’oeuvre étrangère qualifiée: quelques réponses en terme de mobilité et de permis de travail” (“Attracting highly skilled foreign workforce – impact on mobility and work permits”). Brussels Enterprises and Industry (BECI), Brussels, April 22, 2013.

Speaker, “Immigratie en Estate Planning” (“Immigration and Estate Planning”). Estate Planning Skilled Group, Brussels, February 21, 2013.

Speaker, “Arbeidsmigratie en vrij verkeer in de praktijk” (“Labor migration and free movement in practice”). ACV Studiedag, Brussels, December 15, 2012.

Author, “Eindelijk een Europese arbeidskaart” (“Finally a European work permit”). P&O Praktijkblad, Nr., June 6, 2011.

Speaker, “Salary split: werken bij de buren” (“Salary split with neighboring countries”). EHSAL-FHS Seminar, Brussels, March 8, 2010.

Co-Author, “Nouvelle couverture sociale pour les travailleurs migrants” (“New social security coverage for migrant workers”). L’Echo, September 24, 2009.

Speaker, “Global Sourcing - Sourcing in India.” Vereniging voor Inkoop en Bedrijfslogistiek, Brussels, November 22, 2006.

Speaker, “Studeren en werken in een ander land van de EU” (“Study and work in another EU Member State”). Directie EEG- Dienst Externe Relaties van de Provincie West-Vlaanderen, Kortrijk, May 11, 2006.

Contributor, “Freeing up the European work-permit system.” Interview with Jeremy Slater, Expatica HR, June 6, 2005.

Author, “The extension of EC-Regulation 1408/71 to third-country nationals.” Expat News, Nr, April 4, 2003.

Co-Author, “International employment from a ‘New Europe’ perspective,” Expat News, Nr, February 2, 2002.

Author, “A smorgasbord of healthcare (Part II).” Expat News, Nr, January 1, 2002.

Author, “A smorgasbord of healthcare (Part I).” Expat News, Nr, December 12, 2001.

Author, “Association Agreements with Central and East European Countries.” Expat News, Nr 7/8, July/August 2001.

Speaker, “Tendenzen inzake salary-splits met Nederland en Frankrijk” (“Tendencies in respect of salary splits with The Netherlands and France”). De Tijd, Gent & Brussels, April 27 and November 21, 2000.

Co-Author, “Union européenne et processus de convergence sociale” (“European Union and the process of social convergence”). Revue belge de sécurité sociale, Special edition, 1998.

Author, “Juridische analyse van de Europese integratie op de OCMW-steunverlening” (“Juridical analysis of the European integration on social assistance”). In Twintig jaar Openbare Centra voor Maatschappelijk Welzijn, Gemeenschappelijke Gemeenschapscommissie van het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Acco, 1998.

Speaker, “Ruimtelijke zorgmigraties van bestaansminimumtrekkers in de Europese Unie” (“Free movement of non-active persons in the European Union”). 20 jaar OCMW, CASUM/FTU/OSE, February 19, 1997.

Speaker, “La convergence des politiques sociales en Europe” (“Convergence of social policy in Europe”). FEC - Formation de formateurs, La Hulpe, June 27, 1996.

Speaker, “Vergelijking sociale zekerheidssystemen” (“Comparison social security schemes”). ACV - Eures, vorming euroconsulenten, Kortrijk, November 7, 1995.

Speaker, “Protection sociale et revenu minimum” (“Social protection and minimum income”). FEC - Formation des permanents, La Hulpe, June 29, 1995.

Speaker, “Etat des lieux des politiques sociales européennes” (“European social policy at stake”). Fédération des Syndicats Chrétiens de Charleroi, Charleroi, January 24 and 30, 1995.

Author, “Sociale zekerheid en vrij verkeer van personen” (“Social security and free movement of persons”). In Werken aan Europa, 85-90. Kampen: Kok-Kampen, 1994.

Speaker, “De la sécurité sociale nationale à la sécurité sociale européenne: Scénario absurde ou perspectives concretes” (“From national to European social security”). FEC - Formation des permanents, Ny-Hotton, December 15, 1994.

Speaker, “Employment in the European Union and the Green Paper of the European Commission.” Key to Europe - Personnel Management in a European Context, Brussels, May 6, 1994.

Speaker, “Vij verkeer van personen” (“Free movement of persons”). ACV Provinciale Ontmoetingsdagen rond Europa, De Haan, February 24, 1994.

Co-Author, “België.” In Rechterlijke toetsing aan het gelijkheidsbeginsel in het sociale zekerheidsrecht in rechtsvergelijkend perspectief (A comparative law perspective of judicial review of the principle of equality in social security law). Commissie Onderzoek Sociale Zekerheid, Tilburg, 67-102. Vuga, 1993.