Domestic immigration law firms and immigration legal professionals face multiple challenges, but the challenge faced by the practice of global immigration is ten-fold. Global immigration professionals must find ways to understand the practices of immigration law in countries throughout the world, as well as find ways to manage the sharing and dissemination of complex information across nations and with multiple global stakeholders.
In the olden days, which were just twenty years ago, the process of global immigration management was extremely arduous, difficult and labor-intensive. Using postal services and having to wait weeks for packages to arrive or be delivered was normalcy and part of standard business operations. Take the following as an example of how slow and muddling the process of global immigration could be:
Imagine you are a global immigration professional in the United States. You are working to send a corporate employee from India to Denmark. First, you need to obtain current immigration codes from Denmark. If you don’t have them on file (or if they have changed since you last accessed them), you will need to call, fax or mail a government office in Denmark (or a consulate in the US) to receive those files. You will then need to fill in the needed information. Once you’ve filled in that information, you will need to mail those files to the applicant in India. The Indian national will need to sign and verify the documents, and then send them, along with pertinent personal identification records back to you. You can then submit to Denmark for approval. This process can take months to complete. And note, if there are any errors, the entire process will need to be repeated.
Sound low? It was. And it limited the ability for true global business where borders for business were transparent. The good news is that, today, there is a better way. Case management companies that help immigration professionals manage global immigration have made these tasks much, much easier. By using web-based technology and digital signatures, all required data can be accessed, distributed and submitted online. You can choose and manage overseas counsels through the online system. You can gain on-demand access to information for law firms, global partners, corporations and other business entities and employees and can even set multi-level accesses that limit certain information. And you can create systematic digital processes to come up with standard practices for your organization and the consultants you work with, all from a computer and all from any location in the world.
Digital technology has truly revolutionized how global immigration professionals manage immigration and has made the ability to live in a truly global world more available to all.