An expat, short for expatriate, refers to a person who lives outside their native country. There are generally 5 types of expatriates.
5 Types of Expats
|•||Business visitor: < 6 months and can often be treated as a regular business trip.|
|•||Commuter assignments: Frequently crossing jurisdictions (e.g., between the United States and Canada); how these expats are managed are determined by the amount of time they spend in the host country and the activities being performed.|
|•||Short and medium-term assignments: Anywhere from six months to two years|
|•||Long-term assignments: > 2 years|
|•||Permanent assignments: These are ‘one way’ relocations, and the expat is expected to remain in the host country permanently or for the foreseeable future.|