Immiguru Press Release

Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd has launched new software that will change the way the global mobility industry works. Immiguru is a web-based global immigration knowledge database, containing clear and comprehensive details on nearly 200 immigration processes to around 45 different countries, and it is growing all the time.

Immiguru is intelligent software that empowers the user to navigate with confidence through complex immigration routes. Users enter key data about an assignment (nationality of assignee, host country, plus salary and accompanying dependent details if available) and are provided with detailed and relevant immigration process information, including clear Gantt chart format timelines, detailed lists of supporting documentation, plus red flag issues , qualifying criteria, dependent work permissions, and much more. The system can also generate reports and matrices; for example, overall timing charts for multiple destinations, template pricing sheets, reports on all countries where an immigration medical may be required, and so on.

The system is revolutionary because it is web-based and interactive. Instead of having to contact an immigration provider to ask for a specific report, with all the cost and time that this would involve, users can access key immigration data that is relevant to their specific situation in seconds. The information is clear and consistent, so colleagues in London, Hong Kong or Sao Paolo can all look at the same data, presented the same way, at the same time.

All the data is regularly reviewed – every four weeks is standard – by a network of tried and tested immigration partners across the globe. This group of lawyers and immigration specialists all have extensive expertise in immigration into their country or region, and their details are prominently listed within the database so that users of the Immiguru software can call them directly if they have a need to discuss a specific case.

One of the key challenges in global mobility is getting the right information to the business. Global mobility conferences and training sessions are attended, for the most part, by service providers and HR professionals. Ensuring that business managers are able to make project decisions based on real immigration knowledge and data has historically been extremely difficult – but it doesn’t have to be now. Immiguru is hosted on Peregrine’s servers and requires no installation, so all the data can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection – including via a smartphone over 3G. Internal meetings to discuss upcoming assignments and projects can now be powered by real, accurate data.

Sophy King, Managing Director of Peregrine, says, “The feedback on Immiguru has been incredible. We’ve only just launched the software, and the interest in it been extremely positive. Immiguru was born because I passionately believe that access to accurate and up-to-date global immigration process information is a must for any company involved in global mobility. The idea was originally conceived as a tool for professional service providers – a way for them to access immigration knowledge without having to invest heavily in an in-house knowledge management team. However, I also know how frustrating and damaging it is for companies when they need information about immigration processes but can’t access it, perhaps because they’re not ready to initiate a specific case with their provider. We therefore decided to also offer Immiguru to in-house HR and mobility professionals.”

Peregrine is offering extended free trials of the Immiguru software to all Re:Locate magazine readers: contact Sophy King at and quote the reference “Re:Locate” to see the software for yourself.

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Global Immigration Basics

In this series of six short articles, Sophy King of Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd will cover some of the key areas of basic global immigration process, clearing up common causes of confusion and providing useful “print out and keep” guidance. Starting today, with Global Immigration Basics, the rest of the series will take in: (2) Business v. Work: when does a business traveller need a work permit? (3) Client Sites – obtaining work permission when you have no legal entity, (4) Legalisations and Apostilles – Preparing International Documents (5) Dependents – Who Qualifies and What Can They Do? and finally (6) Quotas, Caps and Ratios – How To Avoid Unpleasant Surprises.

A basic understanding of how immigration processes work is vital in order to manage international assignments and projects efficiently and effectively. Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd is a young company founded by Sophy King specifically to address this need. Peregrine provides global immigration consultancy, training and knowledge transfer and management services, including via its revolutionary immigration knowledge database, Immiguru.

Corporate immigration procedures around the world vary greatly, particularly where timing and supporting documentation needed for an application is concerned. However, one fact is universal: immigration legislation, all over the world, in any country, is founded on the basic principle of trying to keep the wrong people out while letting the right people in. All countries, everywhere in the world, want to attract highly skilled migrants who can boost the economy and provide key skills and experience while keeping out anyone who is likely to be a burden on the state.

Governments all over the world, therefore, devise legislation that is intended to weed out the “wrong people” while making life easy for the “right” people. So, immigration processes will typically involve a basic three step process:

  1. An application for work permission: convincing the host country authorities that the applicant provides necessary skills and experience, and will not be taking a job which could be filled by a local resident. The more skilled (and “better paid” is sometimes enough to indicate “highly skilled”) your expatriate is, the easier it should be to obtain approval for this step.
  2. An application for permission to enter the country: usually made to the country’s diplomatic post (Embassy, Consulate or High Commission). Entry visas are granted on the basis that the applicant has a legitimate reason to enter the country (e.g. a work permit) and means to support this trip (financial means, travel insurance, tickets)
  3. An application for residence permission: convincing the authorities in the host country that the applicant should be permitted to stay, because he/she has means to support him/herself and family for the duration of stay requested, and bears no threat to the resident population: i.e. is not a criminal and has no contagious diseases.

These three steps aren’t always immediately apparent in all countries’ immigration processes, but they form the basic skeleton of immigration legislation, and are there in some form if you look hard enough. For example, India’s diplomatic posts have the authority to issue employment visas without prior approval from New Delhi, so steps one and two are combined in the Indian process, followed by post arrival registration within 14 days of entry to India. In the UK, companies now issue Certificates of Sponsorship (which constitute work permission) themselves, after which the Certificate of Sponsorship holder must apply for entry clearance at the UK diplomatic post – entry clearance constitutes steps two and three above; both permission to enter and, in effect, permission to remain in the UK for the relevant period.

All the other multiple and complicated parts of an immigration process are support the three fundamental steps listed above. So, whatever you’re doing in any immigration process, its purpose is to prove that your applicant merits the issuance of work permission (because of his/her skills ad experience), entry permission (because he/she has a good reason to enter the country) and residence permission (because he/she is no threat to society).

For example, a local labour market search may need to be carried out; in other words, advertising the vacant position your expatriate will fill and reviewing any responses to the advertisement to demonstrate that suitable local residents cannot be found. Or, perhaps a police clearance certificate is needed – this is an application process in its own right, but its entire purpose is to obtain a certificate proving that the applicant has no criminal record and may therefore be granted residence permission.

Of course, the devil is in the detail: the preparatory steps and supporting documents needed in order to make an immigration application can be a major headache. Detailed planning and advance knowledge of what is required is key: if you know, as soon as you start planning an assignment, that you’re going to need a notarised copy of the host country’s certificate of incorporation, you can start planning these steps in advance. Follow these tips to avoid surprises:

  1. As soon as you know you will have expatriates moving to a new destination, obtain a detailed process overview of immigration options, including timing plans and supporting document checklists from your in-house HR department or immigration provider;
  2. Review supporting document checklists, and prepare as many of the necessary corporate documents in advance as you can so that once the green light is given for an assignment, you’re ready to move forward;
  3. Review nationality variations – if it is easier and quicker for you to send assignees of one nationality over another to a particular destination, you should know about this in the early stages of planning a move or project;
  4. Knowledge is power – prepare for international assignments by gathering as much information as you can about immigration processes to the destination country.

Next month, we look at business versus work – when does a business trip actually constitute a short term assignment and trigger the need for a work permit?

  1. Global Immigration Basics
  2. Difference between business and work
  3. Client sites – Immigration without an entity
  4. What Are Legalisations and Apostilles?
  5. Dependents – who qualifies and what can they do?
  6. Quotas, Caps and Ratios


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