The UK arm of Deloitte announced last week that it has entered into an alliance with immigration law firm Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) to create what it says is the first global immigration service delivery model. Deloitte Australia is one of the participating Deloitte member firms in the alliance, a statement from the company confirmed.
“The alliance combines Deloitte’s expertise in global mobility expatriate tax, reward and innovation with BAL’s US immigration capability and highly respected case management technology,” the statement read.
“It will support global employers in consistently complying with international law and regulation.”
The alliance is set to come into effect next month, with Deloitte Global intending to purchase “certain” non-US BAL operations in Australia, as well as in Brazil, China, Dubai, Mozambique, Singapore, South Africa and the UK through its respective member firms. To clarify, it noted that Deloitte US is not party to the alliance nor acquisition.
Commenting on the new alliance, Kalvinder Dhillon, Deloitte’s Global immigration lead, said: “With the increased need for cross-border business travel, global organisations are recognising the value of a firm that can bring a global footprint to help support the challenges of delivery and corporate compliance".
“Our ability to provide a fully global, end-to-end service will help employers move talent where it’s needed and enhance their compliance," he added.
Speaking specifically on the Australian impact, a Deloitte spokesperson noted: “The transaction will enable us to add additional skills, eminence and expertise to our Australian clients”.
“BAL’s wealth of experience and outstanding regional knowledge will further strengthen our practice and service we offer our clients,” the spokesperson concluded.