A guide to immigration damage control

Immigration experts often have to put on the red helmet, dive into the smoke and pull out people from the fire. It’s what we do… 

So, when we get a call from a client that says “I believe something is wrong with some of the staff members’ work permits” we are ready with a plan for work permit damage control.  

We also know two things: 

Firstly, this can be a tough situation and especially for the individuals that have made Sweden their home. 

Secondly, we are there to help and we will solve the situation in the best possible way. 

The steps to immigration damage control

Damage Control always has some elements of surprise, discomfort, and denial. To reach a solution, there are some things that should be done and some things that shouldn’t happen. 

Don’t trip into the “blame game trap” or CYA (Cover Your A**).  The best way to solve a problem is to admit it, own it, and move to the solution phase. 

Instead, do; 

  1. Acknowledge the problem
  2. Identify and review the situation
  3. Never let it brew, immigration problems never get smaller with time

We are all human! 

A lot of our clients have signed us on because they found some problem in their organization. 

Is that incompetent or even sloppy perhaps? 

No, it’s none of those things. Immigration is a very niche practice, so niche in fact that most law firms don’t have an immigration arm and instead they use small expert firms like Nimmersion. 

Global Mobility Managers at companies can’t reasonably be expected to have in-depth expert knowledge that requires a lot of practice. Very few individuals have the opportunity to practice on that scale and if they do, they definitely don’t have any other tasks within the company. The Global Mobility role is broad and knowing where to get assistance is a large part of it. Global Mobility experts often move into Supply Chain Management which is a very well-paid profession in which they are very well trained. 

Don’t make any excuses. Instead, you should:

  • Move to the solution
  • Explore choices
  • Choose the least painful, but most sustainable option
  • Never replace a weak situation with another low-end alternative even if it’s a quick fix

What are the next steps?

Shake off the discomfort and start the important work of learning. Most people don’t repeat mistakes and now you have learned one small piece of the immigration world of details. 

Work together with your provider to have a list of questions that you always check with a candidate or employee. Either keep track in-house or outsource it but keep it consistent so nothing falls between the cracks. 

Immigration experts are used to problems, and we love finding the solutions! 

Want more tips on how to deal with Swedish work permit issues?

We here at Nimmersion know all too well about all the problems and challenges that you can run into when you employ foreign workers. We’re here to help you. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you might have, and we will get in touch.

Also, feel free to check out our Resource Guide For Immersion In Sweden below.

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