Expat FAQ

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What should you include in an Expat Contract?

An Expat Contract should include:

  • Employee's job title
  • Location of employment
  • Reporting structure
  • Description of the roles and responsibilities expected
  • How the employee will be compensated and the currency in which any monies will be paid
  • Length of the contract (the majority of contracts are valid for 5 years)
  • Any expatriate contracts that are put in place in a country where the official language in use is different from the home country should be translated into the host country's language
  • How much annual leave is provided and if paid home visits for you and your family are included
  • Provision for social insurance including sickness, pension, and unemployment
  • Where your taxes should be paid
  • If moving costs are included as well as other perks
  • Clarify if expatriate employment constitutes a break in employment from the employer (it is important to retain uninterrupted employment for pensions and various benefits)
  • If the contract includes a provision for the company to reassign you after the contract ends, it should include economic terms that offer you an equivalent standard of living


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