While president-elect Donald Trump has been fairly clear and resolved regarding deporting as many as 3 million undocumented immigrants, there are many trying to understand where the Trump administration stands on immigration of skilled labor and how it will impact their specific industry and business. With the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) as U.S. Attorney General, we could see further restrictions in the use of work visas, including the H-1B, of which the senator has been critical.  

But ultimately, as we look out at 2017, we are sitting in a place where predictions are very difficult to make based on what has been said (or tweeted) and what is actually happening in meetings taking place prior to inauguration.

This article elaborates on one such meeting this past week where many of the biggest names in the technology industry met with Trump and a group of his advisers. These are people like Elon Musk (Tesla), Tim Cook (Apple), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Safra Catz (Oracle), Brian Krzanich (Intel), Chuck Robbins (Cisco) and Ginni Rometty (IBM), who all came to make nice and leverage their combined net worth of more than $136 billion to advocate for their businesses and keep free trade benefits and skilled labor import available.  

Trump told them that he is open and available to them, anytime.  Their hope is that Trump will lean to the side of, "if it is good for business, then it is good!" At the meeting, Trump seemed open to keeping the high-skilled visa program, a person familiar with the discussion said.

So with that in mind, and knowing that tax cuts are coming, let's go with the prediction that over the next four years, companies will not only continue to leverage the movement of talent but that talent mobility will reach new heights with an ever-increasing volume and variety of movement occurring all over the world

With a prediction like that, what are mobility managers and directors anticipating for 2017? Buckle up and let's make sure your mobility programs are as efficient and cost-effective as possible!