• Realities of the mentorship

  • Marielle Canova.31 octobre 2018

    This is the very last time I contribute to Alceis’ blog, and I would like to be a bit more personal, suggesting to read an e-book published in 2012 by my friend, Professor Susan Winnett, Writing Back: American Expatriates' Narratives of Return (The Johns Hopkins University Press- Baltimore). Susan has done me the honor of quoting my name among the persons who “supported this project more than they can imagine”. This book is about “The migration of American artists ... (...)

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    It is spring time, seasonal renewal. During this period  another sort of renewal operates. Spring also marks the renewal among expatriates: it is departure time. First departure abroad or returning to France, or even changing mission location, all these departures share a common point: the stage of the move. Those who have already experienced some of them are able to foresee the fatigue, both physical and emotional, stress and excitement caused by this important gap time. But moving is ... (...)

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    Early bilinguism favors adaption skills and cognitive aptitudes. The psycholinguist Ranka Bijeljac-Babic, member of the Laboratoire de psychologie de la perception de Paris-Descartes, and author of L’enfant Bilingue, she studies early bilinguism.   Many recent studies state the advantages of bilinguism on the cognitive development of the children. Ranka Bijeljac-Babic highlights how enriching is a double culture, as early as possible. She insists that this bilinguism is not only ... (...)

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    Mark, a non EU-citizen, received  on March 13 his Visa but is bothered by a small problem. The note included in his Passport states that he cannot leave France until he gets his Residence Card. However he needs to travel to a EU state (Schengen area) in May 2018 for a business trip and to his home country in July 2018 for Work and Holiday. What should he do? He would like to apply for his Visa to the EU state before March 20, 2018. What does the immigration expert answer? Well, right ... (...)

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    We are proud to announce that our new website is now on-line. We invite you to discover our services, our news, and much more! The new website has the characteristics wanted by the users, easy to consult on your mobile phone or digital tablet. A website built to facilitate your navigation ! In English and French versions, it presents the two main aspects of our activities and services, international mobility/relocation and coaching, as well as our team of experts and consultants, and ... (...)

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    At the time of the globalization, living in another country is almost a routine. However, leaving one’s home country is not harmless. Heimweh, or nostalgia as it was initially called, was invented by a student, Johannes Hofer with his doctoral thesis «Nostalgia, oder Heimweh » (1668). During the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries, medical officers noticed that soldiers suffered from nostalgia, missing their home country. An article was published in the French revue ... (...)

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    No English version available The French version of this article is dedicated to French detached workers. (...)

  • Marielle.26/09/2017

    ECA[1] published on its blog an article in August 2017 explaining what is the spendable income. The spendable income is the portion of salary to which the cost of living index is typically applied. The understanding of spendable income helps distinguishing the different costs of living and adapting the expatriate’s income. To read ECA’s article: https://eca-international.com/insights/blog/august-2017/mobility-basics-understanding-spendables. According to ECA’s Expatriate ... (...)

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    This article is based on a radio programme (France Inter, public French Broadcast) from May 5, 2017, Grand Bien vous fasse. In our Western societies, we feel as is time is speeding up. We are hyper connected, and do not have time for ourselves. We also feel that in China, everybody is rushing. According to a French living in Beijing, in Chinese culture, things go extremely fast and extremely slowly.  Chinese are able to combine digital and economic speed to taking time for walking or ... (...)

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    A EU citizen with a EU driving license settling in France   When a EU citizen settles in France and has a driving license delivered by another European Economic Area (EEA), he may ask to exchange his driving license under conditions. This is not compulsory except if he commit an infraction with a measure of restriction, suspension, or cancelation of the license or if he loses points on his license. The European may drive in France, but if he commits an infraction, he will have to apply ... (...)

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    Anyone involved in managing international assignee packages will know that monitoring exchange rates and cost of living is essential since currency movements can have a big impact on the value, or perceived value, of the package you give your expatriates. A cost of living allowance calculated six months ago, for example, may no longer be enough to protect the assignee’s purchasing power if the currency you are paying in has weakened during that period. Conversely, you may be overpaying if ... (...)

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    The 9th issue of the worldwide HSBC study “Expat Explorer” is on-line. 26,871 expats coming from 190 countries completed an on-line questionnaire in March and April 2016. This is the most important study, according to the number of questionnaires. They were 22,000 last year. The study covers three aspects of expats’ life Their professional life and finances; quality of life and cultural immersion; family life and children’s education Y Generation Y generation ... (...)

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    Did you check your matrimonial system before being expatriate?  Private international law is extremely complex and any expatriate couple should be very careful about their matrimonial regime when there is no prenuptial agreement. Transferring abroad the residence of a couple may affect and modify the matrimonial regime. This modification has important consequences on the patrimonial point of view, in case of divorce (which law will apply?) or if one of the partners passes away. The ... (...)

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    Having an internet connection in a new residence is now a priority, if not THE priority. Fiber is the most required option. However, if many apartments and even houses are now eligible to fiber, this is not true everywhere in France. The first thing we do is checking by the providers if your residence is eligible. If this is not the case, an ADSL connection is the alternative. Providers recently change their policy. They send their own technician –usually a subcontractor. This means that ... (...)

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    The AIRINC 2016 Mobility Outlook Survey examines how Mobility is resourcing their function, structuring their policies, and adapting to changing business and talent needs. The Mobility function is in transition. Responsibilities and priorities are shifting, and Mobility is now expected to act as a business by offering solutions that meet customer demand. For many, these changes represent a great cultural shift, with mobility professionals now being required to bring both a commercial outlook ... (...)

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    According to a recent report, France is the second preferred destination after the UK for job seekers in Europe. The results of the report "Europe on the move" published in April by Indeed Hiring Lab show that job seekers in Europe prefer the UK and France. The reasons are extremely various, and not only linked to economic or professional perspectives. The first reason given by candidates to expatriation is: “getting a personal experience” (65%). “Getting a professional ... (...)

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    A relocation is not only a house hunting. There are several steps, from the first contact to the end of the mission, and it can take a few months. A non-UE family with young children should follow the following steps:  Immigration, finding the most appropriate school, a new residence, enrollment to French social security. The immigration process Ricardo is Mexican, as well as his wife and their two chidren. Anthony, our immigration expert, examines their situation and suggests to his ... (...)

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    One of the biggest worries for any parent choosing to move their family overseas is how will this decision affect their children’s ability to achieve academically. All over the world, a good education is paramount to success, but how can we ensure our children get this when the country we are moving to may not uphold the same values as our native nation would? Pros and contras of an international education are explained in this article published by Expat Child (...)

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    Sometimes the reality is stranger than the theory Corporate immigration in France has a reputation of being complex.  Ask any International Mobility Manager from a multi-national with installations on 5 continents, if their global strategy has had to be adapted where France is concerned? But be assured, our beautiful country is not alone in this domain. In France, we have to deal with a number of different standards, sometimes contradictory: labour and social security laws, international ... (...)

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    Essential: your bank details You need a French bank account, whether your company signs the rental contract of your new residence or not. We suggest the name of banks used to welcoming expatriates and having interlocutors speaking your own language, or at least English. We complete your file with you. A document can be problematic: a proof of residence in the country you live before arriving to France. The accepted documents are: a recent bill of electricity, gas, water, or home telephone. You ... (...)

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    As most of the world, our team was deeply shocked and saddened by the horrifying events that occurred on Friday evening, November 13, 2015. Everyone here at Alceis Global Nomads would like to express our deepest condolences to all the families and friends of the victims of these senseless attacks. Our thoughts are with all those affected, and with the Parisian community as a whole. The many messages, the calls, the emails, from family, friends or colleagues alike, were all profoundly ... (...)

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    Pension benefits may be a real headache for expatriates, especially in case of multiple expatriations. Working abroad has consequences when acquiring and transferring pension rights. They depend on different elements: The country in which you work: check if the guest country signed a coordination agreement for social security with your own country Your status during your expatriation: expatriate or detached, and the length of the expatriation You are expatriate In this situation, the ... (...)

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    French Senator and ex-minister Hélène Conway-Mouret gave in July 2015 her report to Prime minister Manuel Valls. Under the title  « Le Retour en France des Français de l’étranger », this parliamentary report shows how diverse situations of French citizens living abroad are, quotes and analyses their main difficulties when they come back home, then finally gives solutions to enhance their situation. Published in the middle of the ... (...)

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  • Marielle.17/08/2015

    16% of French engineers work outside of France The IESF survey (Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France) dedicates one page to international careers. This may seem quite little in the light of the number of French engineer expats.  According to this survey, 120 000 engineers, that is 16% of French engineers, work outside of France. Half of these are in Europe, Switzerland now stealing the US’s first place, in the midst of growing Asian attractiveness. 87% of these scientists believe ... (...)

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    Expatriate families usually move in summer. They even sometimes come back home! Companies do not pay the same attention to the end of the expatriation, compared to a departure abroad. This is just acknowledging the facts, especially when listening to expats. The company changed, organizations are different, former experiences do not interest new colleagues. Coming back home should be anticipated. If the end of the professional contract is the first cause of the end of expatriation, in 60% of ... (...)

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    “I wonder why I did not divorce. Traditionalism (I come from a family where divorce is taboo)? Tenacity (I don’t admit failure)?”: these words were expressed by an expat’s wife answering our survey “expatriate’s partner”. If divorce rate regularly increases everywhere, expatriate couples divorce more often than sedentary couples. The Telegraph, a British newspaper, stated 445 Dubai foreign couples living in Dubai ended their marriages in 2011—a 30 ... (...)

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