The Employee Relocation Council is a US-based trade organization of sorts that represents over 10,000 facilitators who manage employee relocation for corporate firms worldwide. The membership of the organization is mostly comprised of those who actually organize a package of relocation services that are delivered through third party agents at the site of departure and/or arrival. This may include simply involve arranging a moving van, but very often, professional, technical and executive employee packages include dealing with all manner of immigration and State Department related business.
As a group, the Employee Relocation Council formed to look out for the best interests of the professional relocation coordinators in the US and abroad. There are offices in several different countries, but the main focus deals with moving people to and from the United States. As such, immigration policy, whether for temporary visa status or actual migration.
From their offices in Washington D.C., the Employee Relocation Council is able to get right in there and lobby on behalf of its membership for changes in immigration and visa policy that has a profound impact on international migration. While a certain amount of employee relocation is domestic and there are currently very few restrictions upon movement between states, the world of international employee relocation is complicated and constantly changing, depending of the policies in and toward these other countries.
Another important aspect of US policy that profoundly impacts the members of the Employee Relocation Council are the family services that are available to families of relocated employees. Therefore, policies that affect heath care, schools and other such services are very likely to be lobbied by Employee Relocation Council employees.
The procurement of visas continues to be the biggest area of interest to and contention. Not only can the Employee Relocation Council give money to candidates that support more liberal visa allowances but they are able to organize letter writing campaigns, civil actions and and get out the vote efforts in key states. Of course, like any lobbying organization, there are limits on the number actual dollars the Employee Relocation Council can actually give to candidates, but that is a somewhat minor concern, as the ability to talk to congresspeople on relevant committees remains of much greater value.
Lobbying, however, is not the largest function of the Employee Relocation Council, which is mostly instructional and designed solely for the benefit of its members and their clients. This involves producing trend reports, training seminars and networking opportunities both domestic and global. There are certifications offered to members that pass council approved training materials. ??