Moving into new markets overseas can provide big opportunities for many companies. In some countries, corporate growth comes with high-profile security problems and political pitfalls. But there are also subtler, and often no less harmful, issues related to immigration law that can plague expansion into international jurisdictions.

Ian Macdonald, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig who specializes in immigration and global mobility programs for multinational companies, told that there are several mistakes companies make in this area that can be avoided with proper knowledge and support from in-house and outside counsel. Here’s the half dozen he says companies need to focus on:

1. Failing to Evaluate Risks (For Everyone)

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