Category Archives: Strategic International Mobility and Management

CAN+ Opens Permanent Residence to Indian Nationals in Technology & Venture Capital

By: World Migration Group “No Borders. No Boundaries”

Note: This content first appeared at the Blog section of World Migration Group; subsequently Dr. Alex Titov, President & Senior Partner of World Migration Group  authorized the re-publication of the article here at ReloNavigator’s WordPress. World Migration Group is ReloNavigator’s Established Professionals & Trusted NetworkSM (EPTN)” which is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.



CAN+ is now open to Indian nationals who have traveled to Canada or the USA within the last 10 years. They will benefit from expedited processing, which will free up visa officers to work on other cases, improving overall processing times for all Indian travellers.

Benefits of CAN+ for Indian nationals

A CAN+ pilot program in India delivered impressive results with visas issued within five days and an approval rate over 95 per cent. Individuals eligible for CAN+ visa processing do not need to provide as many supporting documents when submitting their applications.

Supporting statistics:

  • Indian nationals rank in the top 10 source countries of international visitors to Canada. In 2013, more than 130,000 visitor visas were issued to Indian citizens, and nearly 14,000 Indian citizens were issued student permits.
  • Between January and June 2014, almost 95 per cent of visitor visas issued to Indian nationals were multiple-entry visas, allowing travellers to visit Canada as many times as they want for up to 10 years.

Express visa programs

Three visa “Express” programs that help Indian businesspeople, tourists and students come to Canada faster include:

  1. Business Express expedites business travel from India with visas issued within three days with a near-perfect approval rate for those registered in the program.
  2. Tourist Partner Program offers a fast, simplified visa application process for tourists who use travel agencies registered with the Canadian Embassy.
  3. Student Partners Program fast-tracks the processing of study permits with visas issued within 13 days or less for those who study at participating Canadian educational institutions.

The immigration minister Chris Alexander said: “We are telling all brilliant young technology minds, ‘if you can get Canadian venture capital, or an angel investor to back you with funds or just with their time, we offer you permanent residence.’ No one else in the world does that. It’s a pilot project and we already have a couple of hundred applications in process.

ReloNavigator will be pleased to assist you with strategic options and guidance in planning your immigration to Canada.

For inquiries and guidance about the CAN+, please call 1 (360) 312-4300 and identify this code: RLN2014WMG. Our Canadian Immigration Practice Leader will be glad to speak with you.  You can also reach us via email by sending your inquiries to:





Strategic Character of HR Professional: A Must Have During this Century

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

Today, May 14, 2014 – ReloNavigator is sponsoring the professional development of the Whatcom County’s human resources professionals who are members or affiliates of Mt. Baker SHRM, the Bellingham Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management that is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Credits: Mt. Baker SHRM, ReloNavigator, JNT Consulting

Next month, June 4, 2014, ReloNavigator will be hosting an international strategic seminar for business owners, employers, entrepreneurs and those who are managing people, this will be very useful for your planning, and execution of your mid year 2014 strategies.

You can register by telephone or online. It’s not too late to participate in an interactive, engaging conversations with professionals who care for your success. They offer you alternative resources that you can use in order to achieve results for your investments.

The topics will be helpful in determining a strategic choices to become successful in doing business across the borders of Vancouver, Canada and Washington, USA and other borders internationally.

For questions about the services of ReloNavigator, please call 1(360) 312-4300

Spring Blooms in the Garden

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

The colors of Spring flowers adorn our surroundings in various levels of depth and magnificence of nature.






A Field Trip: Visiting the Northwest Washington – Seeing the Tulip Festival is an Experience with the Beauty of Nature

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

Every mid-Spring time in the Pacific Northwest, the Skagit Valley is adorned with the beautiful Tulips in various colors that one can enjoy. It is an experience that immerse you within the nature of colorful flowers.

ReloNavigator encourages anyone who has not seen it and who can appreciate the beauty of nature; highly recommended to our new friends, clients and colleagues who are visiting the Pacific Northwest during the month of April.

Make time to experience the force of nature and its exulting colors at  “Skagit Tulip Festival in 2014”  Check the The Calendar of Events to enjoy a specific theme and extravaganza.

Reminder: Please dress up appropriately for a field trip scenery with comfortable walking shoes; anticipate environmental conditions such as mud, wet, slick fields, and unexpected rain. Ideally plan ahead to which location you are going to visit, please check the link to the downloadable festival map so that you can plan accordingly, Skagit Festival Map.

Tulip Festival 2014

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival celebrates this annual burst of spring color. Mother Nature decides exactly when the display of color begins, with special events scheduled throughout the month of April.

These events include:

  • Tulip Festival Street Fair in Downtown Mount Vernon- April 25-27, 2014
  • Kiwanas Club Salmon BBQ – April 5-27, 2014
  • Art shows at several different venues
  • Tastings at local wineries and breweries
  • Anacortes Quilt Walk – throughout April
  • Tulip Run – April 5, 2014
  • Tulip Pedal – April 19, 2014

By the way, we like to see you photos. Share with us and may be selected as a Feature of the Month and your name will be acknowledged. Looking forward to see your unique photos of the places you have been.  Have fun!

 We enjoyed our field trip to the Tulip Festival last Saturday, April 12, 2014~ Few Photos we are sharing!








Multiple Visa Entry for Canadian Visitors

Another program that CIC – Citizenship and Immigration Canada that improved is the issuance of Multiple Visa Entry for Canadian Visitors. This strategic move will attract economic growth by tourism to Canada. Small and big enterprises  including  Canada as a country will benefit on the results of loosening up visitor’s visa and offering multiple visas to those who qualify.

Today, the Office of CIC released an announcement that “Visitors to Canada will automatically be considered for a multiple-entry visa, starting on February 6, 2014. Multiple-entry visas allow qualified visitors to come and go from Canada for six months at a time for up to 10 years without having to reapply each time.”

 It is important to note that processing fees for TRV – Temporary Resident Visa has been reduced from $150 CAN to $100 CAN. This applies to either single entry or multiple entry.

The Announcement also noted that “Citizenship and Immigration Canada will increase other fees in the temporary resident program, effective February 6, 2014. These changes will reduce the burden on Canadian taxpayers and ensure that fees closely reflect the real cost of processing applications.”

These increases include (all figures in CAD $):

  • $25 for study permits and renewals;
  • $5 increase for work permits and renewals;
  • $25 increase for extensions to remain in Canada as a visitor;
  • $100 as the maximum fee for a family to apply for TRVs; and
  • $15 as the maximum work permit fee for a group of performing artists and their staff.

Quick facts

  • Every year more than 35 million people visit Canada.
  • In 2012, Canada issued a record number of visitor visas with almost one million visas approved, representing an increase of almost 40 percent since 2004.
  • The multiple-entry visa is particularly popular with visitors from China, India and Mexico who hold 10-year passports and have been eligible to apply for a 10-year visa.
  • Similarly, visitors from the Philippines and Brazil, who hold five-year passports, have been issued multiple-entry visas for up to five years.

What this means to you:

It is great to see that Canada is competitive with its peer countries, and many of these changes benefit the traveler or the visa recipient. In the same manner, that Canada is recognizing the economic competitiveness during recovery times (where applicable) yet uncertain to many economies.


Juntee Terrenal will be one of the Judges for the Annual Case Studies & Proposals Competition at WWU

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

The International Business, Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, of Western Washington University continue to stimulate and develop the strategic critical thinking with decision making of their International Students and the Korean Students Exchange by hosting the Annual Case Proposals Competition.

This year, Professor Thomas  (Tom) Roehl, Ph.D., Professor in International Business, Master of Business Administration, and Management , invited  Juntee Terrenal of ReloNavigator,  to join the Panel of Judges composed of his fellow executives who are experienced internationally.

2014 WWU Judging Proposals in Hiring

About Juntee Terrenal, GMS:

Mr. Terrenal is your partner resource in becoming the “High Performing Organization” of 2014 and beyond; strategic international business Leader, adviser & coach, competent, frequent author and speaker, strategic in human capital and resources management. Creates initiatives using his combined  business acumen and ROI-driven competency; integrating complex human capital and various resources that clients seek, globally. With 20+ years of experience he brings many time and money-saving solutions to your complex international business issues and problems particularly when it pertains in structuring, hiring multi-nationals, immigration, relocation, destination supports . Negotiator, communicator, proven track record in accelerating productivity, organizational effectiveness, talent management, service quality. Quoted in numerous international media outlets.

As an experienced global mobility specialist, human capital management executive and management consultant, he and his team create solutions, converting client’s needs into actions, resolving their challenges. Mr. Terrenal and his global team have successfully assisted, implemented and accelerated businesses and personal successes of their corporate and individual clients by using their ROI-driven techniques in over 40 countries.



2014 Results Cannot Be Ignored: Gain Success Regardless of Organizational Size and Location

In the weeks to come, many multinational organizations are scrambling in finalizing  the implementation of their strategic initiatives. The year of 2014 has begun and we are in a full swing in accelerating business activities and the goal is to obtain the highest level of return on investments at the end of the first quarter and throughout the year.

ReloNavigator has put in placed its team ahead of time. We are ready to provide our expertise that will  bolster  your professional, personal or business goals be achieved with quality notwithstanding an ROI.  2014 is the year for continued growth and advancement. Please watch for announcements in the months to come about opportunities of business, professional and personal development. Subscribe or follow up in order not to miss them.

2014 results transform business success

2014 ROI & Results Impact Sustainability


Hawaii and Illinois will join 14 US States in Welcoming Same-sex Marriage

This will be another recognition of equal rights among all couples in both the states of Hawaii and Illinois. More Power to all same sex couples.


Both the states of Illinois and Hawaii signaled Same-sex Marriage as illustrated by an overwhelming support among each states legislature last Tuesday and Friday respectively. Either of the states will get the 15th or 16th place among US States that legalized Same-sex Marriages. Hawaii is a favorite destination of couples for vacations and special celebrations. Many LGBT community members enjoy the amenities of the Hawaiian island as well.  Advanced Congratulations and Best Wishes to the future Same-sex couples who will marry once their state will sign the initiative into law.  

In October 2013, the State of New Jersey got the 14th State that recognized Same-sex Marriage.

The States of Maine, Maryland and Washington were the first states that ratified same-sex marriage rights through citizens voting in November 2012.

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Discriminating Racial-based Hiring Practices of Bank of America Ordered with Penalty


Recently, the Department of Labor published a Judge Order for Bank of America’s racial discriminatory hiring practices.  Back Wages and interests were ordered to be paid to those candidates who were rejected.

“Wherever doors of opportunity are unfairly closed to workers, we will be there to open them — no matter how long it takes,” said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. “Judge Chapman’s decision upholds the legal principle of making victims of discrimination whole, and these workers deserve to get the full measure of what is owed to them.”

On Nov. 24, 1993, OFCCP initiated a routine compliance review that revealed indications of systemic hiring discrimination affecting African American job seekers at the Charlotte facility. After conciliation efforts failed, the Solicitor of Labor in 1997 filed an administrative complaint against the company for violating Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment practices on the basis of race.

“Our investigators and attorneys prevailed despite decades of stalling tactics,” said Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith. “This case demonstrates that the department will not be deterred in our pursuit of justice for job seekers.”

Please click the link to read the full News Release.


Yet another bad practice that Bank of America has been doing.  As a big bank, what were the responsibilities of their employment executives? Why do they allow discriminatory practices when hiring workforce.  Companies like Bank of America that demonstrates these types of hiring practices should not be allowed to be touting ‘good business practices’ at conferences regardless of locations.



Spousal Equality for Same Sex Spouses under ERISA


The Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration issued guidance pertaining to equal treatment of  same-sex spouses who are otherwise eligible for coverage under a plan are entitled to the same ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act. ) protections as spouses of the opposite sex. This was prompted by the recent decision of the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor case on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

“By providing greater clarity,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security Phyllis C. Borzi, “we are contributing to greater equality and greater protection for America’s working families.”

For purposes of this guidance, the term “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Wake Island, the Northern Mariana Islands, any other territory or possession of the United States, and any foreign jurisdiction having the legal authority to sanction marriages.

The terms “spouse” and “marriage,” however, do not include individuals in a formal relationship recognized by a state that is not denominated a marriage under state law, such as a domestic partnership or a civil union, regardless of whether the individuals who are in these relationships have the same rights and responsibilities as those individuals who are married under state law. The foregoing sentence applies to individuals who are in these relationships with an individual of the opposite sex or same sex.

A rule that recognizes marriages that are valid in the state in which they were celebrated, regardless of the married couple’s state of domicile, provides a uniform rule of recognition that can be applied with certainty by stakeholders, including employers, plan administrators, participants, and beneficiaries.

A rule for employee benefit plans based on state of domicile would raise significant challenges for employers that operate or have employees (or former employees) in more than one state or whose employees move to another state while entitled to benefits. Furthermore, substantial financial and administrative burdens would be placed on those employers, as well as the administrators of employee benefit plans. For example, the need for and validity of spousal elections, consents, and notices could change each time an employee, former employee, or spouse moved to a state with different marriage recognition rules. To administer employee benefit plans, employers (or plan administrators) would need to inquire whether each employee receiving plan benefits was married and, if so, whether the employee’s spouse was the same sex or opposite sex from the employee. In addition, the employers or plan administrators would need to continually track the state of domicile of all same-sex married employees and former employees and their spouses. For all of these reasons, plan administration would grow increasingly complex, administrators of employee benefit plans would have to be retrained, and systems reworked, to comply with an unprecedented and complex system that divides married employees according to their sexual orientation. In many cases, the tracking of employee and spouse domiciles would be less than perfectly accurate or timely and would result in errors or delays.

To read the complete Guidance, please click on the link “Guidance to Employee Benefit Plans on the Definition of “Spouse” and “Marriage” under ERISA and the Supreme Court;s Decision in United States v. Windsor”



CPA Disbarred by IRS Due to Trust Fund Stealing

“OPR (Office of Professional Responsibility) strives to protect the integrity of the tax system from unscrupulous and incompetent practitioners regardless of how those traits become known,” said Karen L. Hawkins, Director of OPR.

Credit: IRS.GOV

Credit: IRS.GOV

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service announced that its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has disbarred David O. Christensen after he was convicted of theft for misappropriating funds as the conservator of his daughter’s trust account. Christensen was a Certified Public Accountant with licenses in Washington and Oregon, were revoked previously as a result of his conviction.

Per IRS Newswire, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) declined to carve out a request by Christensen for limited practice as a tax return preparer, and instead, disbarred him from all practice before the IRS finding that Christensen’s conviction for theft, and the revocation of his CPA licenses, constituted disreputable conduct under Circular 230.

To read the complete Administrative Law Judge Decision from the IRS, please click on ALJ Final Agency Decision