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What is an expat?
May 18th, 2018   Lisa Arredondo

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.