Settling-In Services For International Assignees

Few of life's transitions are more stressful for employees and their families than moving to a new, unfamiliar city. The stress is magnified even more when moving to a new country. CORT has developed a comprehensive suite of destination support services to ease the transition for international assignees and their families, and ensure that companies have employees focused on the job from day one.

Perhaps the most important decision employees will make during the transition is choosing a place to live. Touring and destination services accelerate the transition and help employees and families become familiar with the nuances of different neighborhoods and the social and cultural 'scene' of the neighborhoods. Without guidance from experts familiar with the local market, this can be a daunting task for these employees and their families.

After becoming one of the nation's leading providers of local market orientation and housing tours, CORT extended the program to include a broad range of settling-in services specifically designed for employees moving into the United States.

These services include guided assistance obtaining a social security card, driver's license and auto insurance, establishing a bank account, enrolling in driving schools and language classes, learning to use public transportation systems, buying or renting a car, learning to use US-style appliances, and more - virtually anything needed to settle into a new home and community.

From a housing and neighborhood perspective, CORT's destination consultants will also provide other services that include renting furniture, connecting utilities, signing up for renter's insurance, and providing information to become more familiar with the community, such as schools and day care services, churches, shopping, entertainment, recreational sports and fitness activities.

"CORT has brought multiple employees from one of Tampa's largest employers to tour our property," said Mishelle Estrada, community manager for Portofino Apartments Homes in Tampa, Fla. "The positive word-of-mouth feedback these new residents are sharing with their family and friends is a testament to the level of comfort this service provides while simplifying what might have been a difficult transition for relocating employees and their families."