The holiday season often means increased international travel as Americans go on vacation and foreign nationals return home to see family and friends. Unfortunately, this travel can be fraught with challenges if the proper precautions are not made. Americans need to make sure that they have whatever visas may be required and that their passports or other travel documents satisfy the requirement(s) of the countries that they will visit.
Foreign nationals must make sure that they have the visas, passports, and other documentation necessary to both enter their country of destination and return to the United States. Those foreign nationals who plan to apply for a new visa must be particularly careful because American embassies and consulates operate on holiday schedules and typically are short-staffed during the holiday season. In this regard, human resource managers should pay particular attention to the travel plans of foreign nationals to ensure that these employees will not run into difficulty and can return as planned.