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Worldwide Visa Support for Dependents: A Guide for Businesses

Learn how to make every employee relocation successful by providing visa support for dependents.

Jemima Owen-Jones
Written by Jemima Owen-Jones
December 4, 2023
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Key takeaways

  1. Employers have a responsibility to assist their employees and their families with visa procurement to ensure a successful relocation and legally work without being a permanent resident.
  2. Obtaining visas for dependents can contribute to a smooth relocation process by enabling employees to relocate with their families, which is often a significant barrier.
  3. Deel's comprehensive visa and immigration service streamlines visa procurement by providing visa sponsorship, administration, and other support to help companies support their employees and their dependents during the relocation process.

Global mobility strategies require HR departments to support employees with nonimmigrant visas. However, many companies often need to pay more attention to the necessary support for the dependents of these employees.

Family considerations are a significant barrier to successful employee relocation, according to research from Tilburg University. But with companies providing little support for dependents to accompany the employee, it’s no wonder that employees and their dependents often have second thoughts about the relocation. 

In this article, we share how companies can offer better support for employees and their dependents in obtaining visas while ensuring a great experience along the way.

Reduce uncertainty with a visa eligibility checker 

Evaluating an employee's eligibility for a specific visa can already be a daunting task, but determining whether their dependents also qualify can make the process even more complicated. This task requires a thorough assessment of visa-related requirements as well as individual circumstances, such as the age of any dependent children, the marital status of partners, and the eligibility of older relatives who are dependents.

For instance, if an employee is applying for a US H-1B visa, their spouse and unmarried children under 21 may also apply for H-4 dependent visas. Similarly, if the employee is on an L-1 visa, their dependents may be eligible for L-2 visas. In certain cases, dependent family members may need to undergo a medical examination to ensure they are not carrying any contagious diseases that could pose a threat to public health, depending on the visa category. 

It's important to note that some dependent family members may not be permitted to work in the host country, which could impact their financial stability and career aspirations, depending on the visa category.

💡 Deel’s advanced visa eligibility checking feature simplifies the process and allows enterprises to quickly evaluate the possibility of relocating their employees and dependents. This feature enables informed decision-making, reduces uncertainty, and enhances the relocation experience for employees and their families.

If you have any case-specific queries about visa eligibility, you can contact Deel’s immigration specialists on-platform, who will offer expert guidance and assistance.

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Gain transparency with visa application management and tracking 

Managing visa applications can be complex, especially if there are multiple dependent applications involved. This process can become even more overwhelming for foreign employees and their dependents who are not fluent in the language of the country they are applying to. Communicating with government officials and completing paperwork can be frustrating and complicated.

Furthermore, the documentation requirements for work visas can be quite extensive, requiring a significant amount of time and effort to gather. Foreign employees and family members may need to provide a variety of the following documents:  

  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Dependent passports
  • Educational transcripts
  • Employment verification letters
  • Financial statements to prove financial resources

This process can be stressful for applicants who are already dealing with the challenges of relocating to a new country.

💡 Deel streamlines the visa application process for dependents, taking care of everything from collecting and submitting supporting documentation to liaising with government officials and agencies, such as the Department of State or U.S. embassy. 

With Deel's visa tracker, companies and candidates can receive real-time updates on their immigration status, allowing them to monitor the timeline and stay informed about any changes in the dependent status too. 

To understand what the visa application process entails, check out Deel's employee visa application guide.


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Need a U.S. visa?

Deel has acquired the leading U.S. immigration provider, Legalpad, to help your team move to the United States by sponsoring visas and streamlining the application process for non-U.S. citizens. 

Deel offers a range of US visa and green card options for foreign employees and their dependents, including the O-1A Visa, EB-2 NIW Green Card, and more. Our immigration team has extensive knowledge of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guidelines and Department of Homeland Security requirements. 

Streamline visa procurement with EOR visa sponsorship

Obtaining a visa often requires visa sponsorship for employees and their dependents, depending on the destination country. To sponsor a visa, the company must typically have a legal entity in the destination country where the worker will operate and be equipped to handle the paperwork and administrative tasks involved.

Companies have different options to sponsor visas for employees and their dependents, such as the following: 

  • Sponsor the visa themselves 
  • Use a sponsorship organization 
  • Use an EOR with visa sponsorship capabilities

Sponsoring the visa yourself is time-consuming and only viable if you have a legal entity in the destination country. 

Sponsorship organizations can alleviate the administrative burden; however, again, if you don’t have a legal entity in the destination country, they won’t be able to help. Their services are also limited; they do not provide visa application status tracking or renewal reminders, and the travel and health insurance coverage is often very basic. 

If a company does not have a legal entity in an employee’s home country and needs help with visa procurement, partnering with an employer of record (EOR) with visa sponsorship capabilities is an excellent option. It allows for a more hands-off approach, as the EOR takes care of all the hiring admin on the company's behalf, including global payroll and compliance. Additionally, with EOR sponsorship, you receive support for both the employees and their dependents throughout the visa procurement process.

💡 Deel’s EOR visa sponsorship services provide a simple and accelerated solution to visa sponsorship. Businesses can hire and relocate employees and their dependents to various countries without opening a local entity for a streamlined and hands-off visa procurement process.

Find the right EOR-sponsored visa for your next hire using our free visa checker

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Prevent delays with self-serve document upload and verification  

Once an employee and their dependents receive their visas and work authorizations, it is mandatory for them to share these documents with their hiring company. This is because the employer is responsible for verifying the employee's right to work in the country. The employer must keep a copy of the employee's visa for their records.

However, visa holders often face issues such as delays or lost documentation while scanning, emailing, or mailing copies of their documents to the employer. This can create hurdles in the relocation and onboarding process.

💡 The Deel platform prompts workers and their dependents to upload the documents securely to the platform as soon as they receive them from the authorities. Deel's expert team then meticulously verifies the legality of the visa and employment authorizations, ensuring that they are sound and compliant with regulations. These documents are safely kept on file and can be accessed anytime in the future for any necessary inspections or audits.

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Simplify visa renewals and extensions with reminders and automation 

Acquiring a visa is just the first step in the process. Visa renewals, extensions, and visa status updates are equally important for legal compliance, ensuring the employee and their family have continued legal status in the host country. 

However, navigating renewals, extensions, or a change of status comes with a unique set of challenges due to changing immigration policies, evolving documentation requirements, and potential complications that may arise during the process. 

💡 Deel helps simplify the visa renewal process with the following features: 

  • Reminders and alerts about upcoming renewal or extension deadlines
  • Automated application submissions
  • Integration of visa updates and renewals with other HR processes such as onboarding, payroll, and benefits enrolment 
  • Quality guidance from Deel’s team of visa experts
Discover more about Deel’s visa renewal and extension support and how it simplifies the visa renewal process for dependents.
Deel helped us with the renewal of a key candidate's expiring visa. Losing out on a candidate or offer stage because we can't support their visa or immigration needs feels really tough. So that was a really good one for us to get over the line because he’s joined and is great.

Leanne Schofield, Head of People, Form3

Remain compliant with visa cancellation support 

If a dependent leaves the country or no longer meets the eligibility requirements, the visa must be canceled. Cancellation also applies when the employment relationship with the primary visa holder ends. 

Visa cancellation is necessary to maintain the integrity of the immigration system and prevent unauthorized stays. Failing to cancel a visa for an employee introduces several risks for the employer, including the following:

  • Legal and compliance issues as immigration laws are violated
  • A negative immigration record for the employee can impact future international assignments or travel
  • Reputational damage by eroding trust with immigration authorities
  • Financial implications as employers must pay fines or penalties for non-compliance
  • Security concerns brought on by unmonitored individuals

💡 Deel helps businesses bypass these risks with an effective visa cancellation support feature, helping HR teams cancel work visas for dependents promptly and compliantly.

Support dependent visa procurement with Deel

Employee relocations are great for business, career development, and giving employees and their dependents the opportunity to experience a new culture and way of life, but the visa procurement process can get in the way. 

Navigating complex documentation requirements, facilitating sponsorship, managing extensions and cancellations, and verifying documentation for dependents are just a few pain points that cost HR teams time and money. 

Deel alleviates the burden by providing visa and immigration support for employees and dependents to streamline the process. 

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