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News and Updates

The latest immigration and visa news for the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and select European countries - straight from the leading immigrant advocates in the Philippines.

November 14, 2018

Visa Bulletin December 2018

Check how the priority dates moved from last month, November 2018, from December last year and 5 years ago.

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Updated November 9, 2018. Originally posted on July 19, 2018.

How to Qualify Under the Express Entry System: Monitoring the 2018 CRS Cut-off

Add to your CRS points to be one of thousands of candidates invited to apply for permanent residency and be among the million immigrants under Canada's Immigration Plan for 2018-2020.

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October 31, 2018

Trump warns of revoking automatic citizenship law

Despite the 14th Amendment guaranteeing birthright citizenship, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party peddle fish stories to the consciously gullible

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October 25, 2018

November 2018 Visa Bulletin and in previous years

You may watch our broadcast by clicking on the link below and also how priority dates affect you in my regular Monday column with the Manila Times

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October 10, 2018

How to get a genuine job offer and stay - in Canada

Before you send payment to a job offer you received by email from a "Canadian employer" know the steps to determine if this is a scam, or genuine employment.

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September 22, 2018

Saskatchewan Occupations in Demand September 2018

Unlike the previous lists, candidates whose occupations are considered in demand in Saskatchewan now will be selected based on points scored, instead of first come-first served.

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September 17, 2018

How to avoid refusal of a visa petition or application

Starting September 11, 2018 if you do not have a complete or completed petition or application form, the USCIS can simply refuse your petition or application without requesting for further evidence.

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September 13, 2018

Visa Bulletin October 2018: How priority dates moved over a month period and over 10 years

If you intend to apply for a Non-Religious Worker Nonimmigrant Visa and Immigrant Investors, these two visas are expiring soon. Get the official info, below.

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September 11, 2018

How to improve your CRS Score in Canada's Express Entry for 2019

Unless the Canadian government fine tunes Express Entry this year, here are the tips you need to improve your ranking in Canada's Skilled Migrant selection system.

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August 26, 2018

How much do the Government and Employers think you're worth?

Are you worth your weight (skill, education, experience) in gold, peso or dollar by government and business standards? Find out how you may tip the scale.

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August 14, 2018

DHS to bar millions of immigrants on public charge issue

Redefinition of public charge and public benefits could cause refusals of applications for immigrant visas and permanent residency outside and inside the U.S.

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August 13, 2018

How will the New Zealand Post-Study Work Visa Changes Affect You?

The changes take effect from 26 November 2018. Find out the length of time you can work after completing your studies under the new rules.

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August 10, 2018

Visa Bulletin September 2018, Latest

Check both the FINAL and FILING Dates of your immigrant visa application and see how fast your category moved within a year and from last month's date.

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August 4, 2018

17,000 visas for Parents, Grandparents to Canada

It's best not only to find out you (as sponsor) meet the minimum income requirements (updated table included below) and that your parent/ grandparent would pass the medical, criminal and other admissibility tests.

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July 29, 2018

Study in the UK, July 2018

Find out how to apply for a student visa to the UK after the Brexit vote and beyond.

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July 19, 2018

USCIS rules give rise to a series of opportune (or unfortunate) events

July has been a very busy month for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services - issuing policy guidance, and memorandum that affect nonimmigrants and immigrants alike.

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July 13, 2018

Visa Bulletin for August, 2013 to 2018

Instead of just checking your priority date monthly, it is best to check how your specific preference category moved over a period of time, in this case for six years.

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June 25, 2018

UK Visa Fees June 25, 2018

Calling the visa fees charged by the Home Office for immigrants and their dependents, Members of the Parliament have called for an inquiry to determine the fairness of the charges. For Philippine applicants we have compiled the current visa fees for easy and immediate reference.

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June 16, 2018

July 2018 Visa Bulletin: Are you being left behind?

Finally the July 2018 visa numbers are out, albeit late. But here they are nevertheless. We have compiled the July visa numbers since 2014 so you could check how fast your category has moved in 4 years,

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June 9, 2018

Au Pair Visas to UK - 2018

Which countries may participate in the Au Pair placement in the UK?

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June 9, 2018

How to Practice as an RN in 5 Countries

Filipinos and other internationally educated/trained Nurses usually pursue work or migration to the five countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and the U.S.A. We have checked the most current requirements and are sharing this with our RN friends at no cost.

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June 9, 2018

Express Entry and Federal Skilled Worker Basics 2018

When the program started, how candidates are selected, what changes were introduced since January 2015 and how to qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

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June 9, 2018

Express Entry and Federal Skilled Worker Basics, 2018

How a skilled worker from overseas may qualify as a permanent resident: history of the selection system, how the criteria changed up to the present.

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Updated June 7, 2018. Originally posted on June 4, 2018.

Lowest and Latest Express Entry CRS Cut-Off both occurred in May

The results of the May 30 Express Entry draw focused on Provincial Nominees and Skilled Trades applicants.

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June 2, 2018

Where US jobs are and how to get them - 2018

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected an increase of 11 .5 million jobs over the 2016-2026 decade. The unemployment rate in the U.S. has gone down to 4.1% and America has more jobs than workers. The basic question: how to get there.

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June 1, 2018

Australia's Permanent, Provisional and Temporary Visas, June 2018

Still wondering what type of Australian visa you may be qualified for? Worry not. We have compiled the subclasses for you.

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Updated May 30, 2018. Originally posted on May 25, 2018.

List of Eligible Occupations for Skilled Migration to Australia as of May 2018

The current list of eligible occupations published by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) - and being shared with our Friends in the migrant community at no cost - to assist you in determining which visa to qualify and apply for.

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May 29, 2018

Truck driver shortage in U.S. pushes salary up to $80,000

Commercial drivers are in demand. Be sure to check if you could meet the requirements of a commercial driver in the State where you either have a potential employer or referral from family, friend, or workmate. Read below for more details.

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May 28, 2018

Who may sponsor Temporary Workers to the UK - 2018

Whether Skilled or Temporary Worker, a non-Economic European Area (EEA) National must have a verified job offer from an employer listed in UK's Tier 2 Registry

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May 28, 2018

Immigration News from New Zealand May - June 2018

We are bringing you the latest immigration headlines from New Zealand to keep you aware of what’ available or not and avoid being victims of job and migration scams.

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May 24, 2018

Provincial Nomination Basics: How to Apply - 2018

How PNP started and applying now either through paper-based processing or Express Entry.

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May 22, 2018

Canada's Provincial Nomination Programs Updated - 2018

Which province would be your match? Under what stream or category could you qualify? When should you submit your application?

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May 22, 2018

U.S. Student Visas 2018 Update

Despite the rise of many study destinations, the United States still remains the top choice for international students. However, while there has been an overall increase, colleges reported decline in enrollment.

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May 21, 2018

Australian Border Force Warns Overstayers from the 2018 Commonwealth Games

ABF Call: Anyone with information about attempts to exploit Australia’s visa program should contact Border Watch by visiting Australia.gov.au/borderwatch." Informants "can remain anonymous.”

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May 21, 2018

Visitor Visas Australia 2018 Update

Whatever’s your reason for visiting Australia – climbing the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, diving in the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, watch the extraordinary landscape of desert plains and sacred sites in the Red Desert you need a visit visa to get there.

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May 15, 2018

Toronto College Assists Students with Careers, Jobs

Find out how to score Brownie points towards your career and migration pathway as an international student with George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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May 12, 2018

USCIS announces changes on overstaying rules for visa holders

Today the USCIS announced a new policy on how F1, J1 and M1 visa holders in the U.S. would be considered unlawful - and therefore deportable. The guidance will go into effect on August 9, 2018.

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May 11, 2018

How to Track Your Priority Date and Get Your Visa Interview Schedule

If you have waited years for your visa interview, it would be sad to have your visa petition cancelled simply because you were not able to get your visa interview date on time.

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May 1, 2018

Work to Residency Pathways for Foreign Students in Canada and the U.S.

Study your options because while you wait, you add years to your age which reduces the points and preference to pursue permanent work and residency.

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Updated April 22, 2018. Originally posted on May 30, 2018.

Visa Bulletin for May and June 2018:

Just patiently waiting for your priority date to be current would be a mistake. The State Department has started publishing two charts to let visa applicants when they should start preparing documents.

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April 8, 2018

Millions of grads. No jobs for grabs.

April this year (2018) the first batch of graduates of the Philippines' K to 12 program - theoretically work and world-ready - will be scanning the Want-Ads. Are there enough jobs at home or overseas?

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April 1, 2018

U.S. visa applicants need to provide social media info

Failure or inability to include five years of online presence including identities and other identifiers such as aliases or passwords could be basis for visa refusal.

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March 27, 2018

How to be invited to apply for Permanent Residency to Canada through Express Entry

Compare your age, education, qualifications, English proficiency, work experience and marital status to an applicant who could be issued an invitation to apply for permanent residency.

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March 27, 2018

USCIS Immigration Updates, March-April 2018

We are sharing the latest announcements direct from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for the benefit of our readers and the viewing immigrant public.

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March 21, 2018

Western Australia Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) 2018

This official information as of March 21, 2018 is being shared with our readers and the migrant public as access and resource at no cost or obligation.

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March 21, 2018

Western Australia State Nomination Guide 2018

Live and play in the largest state of the world's sixth largest country - Australia. Live life. Sea life. See what you need to be nominated in this official information being shared for the benefit of our readers and the migrant public at no cost or obligation.

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March 21, 2018

Victoria Skilled Nomination Program 2018

Check the requirements, especially for ICT occupations and how to submit your application for nomination. We are sharing the official information for the benefit of our readers and the migrant public at no cost or obligation.

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March 20, 2018

Queensland Nomination and Occupations List for 2018

Check the 10 reasons why being nominated in Queensland is good for a Skilled Migrant - official information being shared for the benefit of our readers at no cost or obligation.

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March 20, 2018

Northern Territory Nomination and Occupation List 2018

If your occupation is not on the list, you may still apply for Northern Territory Government nomination. We are sharing the official details with our readers for their benefit at no cost or obligation.

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March 20, 2018

NSW Skilled Nominated Migration Program 2017-2018

NSW's nomination for Subclass 190 has been announced and is being shared for the benefit of our readers - at no cost or obligation.

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March 20, 2018

Skilled Occupations for nomination by Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

ACT Nomination Guidelines issued January 2018 being shared for added and fast access to the guidelines,

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March 19, 2018

How U.S. visas are allocated worldwide

The U.S. admits about 1 million immigrants yearly, a situation that President Donald Trump and the Republican Party considers unacceptable. A bill has been proposed to cut legal migration in half.

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March 14, 2018

Vlsa Bulletin April 2018 - Secretary of State fired, hired

What effect will the change of Secretary have on visa allocation and issuance? Visa allocation, none. Issuance is another matter.

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March 7, 2018

Workers Canada want locally and from overseas

A Canadian employer is required to hire locally and only when there are no available Canadians or residents for the job could they recruit from overseas. The top 10 in-demand occupations locally and 11 occupations from overseas are shown here.

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March 2, 2018

Why Filipinos choose Canada over US to study

With a established and permanent program in place allowing international students to experience working and living in Canada while studying in preparation for a successful career or migration pathway. Filipinos have been moving North of America.

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February 13, 2018

Visa Bulletin March 2018

For visa applicants whose petitioners are elderly or in advanced age, the Filing Date chart should be monitored closely. Knowing when you can start processing is crucial especially if the petitioner's health and well being is compromised or the petitioner wants to return to the Philippines.

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February 11, 2018

Which Canadian provinces are actively recruiting immigrants?

Discover which Canadian provinces are aggressively competing for applicants to nominate as permanent residents.

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February 9, 2018

Why Study in Canada: 4 Top Reasons

With affordable tuition fees, quality education, post-study work options and world renowned institutions, Canada is a leading destination for international students aspiring to study overseas.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on January 1, 2018.

Work while Studying in Australia as an International Student

As an international student in Australia, you can work part-time or full-time in some situations to complement what you learn in your classes.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on January 1, 2018.

English Language Requirement for Australian International Students

This page contains information on the language requirement for international students bound for Australia. Check if you are exempted from taking any Secure English Language Test.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on January 1, 2018.

Australia International Student Financial Capacity Requirements

You need to show proof that you have sufficient funds that are genuinely available to you to pay for your course fees and living costs when applying for an Australian student visa. You may need to provide specified documentary evidence of your financial capacity with your visa application.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on January 1, 2018.

Australian Student Visa Conditions Applicable to International Students

If you have been granted an Australian student visa, check the conditions stamped on these. Remember, you must comply with each of those or risk the cancellation of your visa.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on May 23, 2018.

Australia Student Visa (Subclass 500) 2018

As a popular destination of international students, Australia merged several student visa subclasses into one. With the simplified structure, apply for a Subclass 500 Visa if you want to study full-time in an education institution.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on March 27, 2016.

Learn about the Acceptable Sources of Funds BEFORE Applying for a Student Visa to Australia

If you are looking to study in Australia and your application is at Assessment Level 3, make sure you know what the acceptable sources of funds are to ensure your visa application is approvable.

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January 22, 2018

What Visa Petitions and Applications will be Affected by the U.S. Government Shutdown

January 22, 2018 is the first working day and the date that would experience the first significant impact of the government shutdown. Will your petition, application, interview dates be affected?

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Updated January 19, 2018. Originally posted on January 15, 2018.

New Zealand Student Visa - Important Information

Get important information about the New Zealand Student Visa - Fee Paying Student.

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January 17, 2018

Visa Bulletin February 2018

Big winners are the F1 category: Over 21 unmarried sons and daughters of US citizens and F2A Spouses and minor children of green card holders.

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January 15, 2018

English Language Requirement to Study in New Zealand as an International Student

Are you planning to apply as an international student to New Zealand? You may be required to submit the result of an English language exam to prove that your level of English proficiency will meet the requirements for the program you are applying for.

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January 14, 2018

How to find a genuine RN-employer in the UK

There are tens of thousands of jobs for registered nurses according to UK's Department of Health and approved orders on the POEA website. Yet vacancies remain unfilled in years. Why?

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Updated January 14, 2018. Originally posted on June 3, 2018.

U.S. Exchange Visitor Visa: 2018 Update

Learn the J-1 visa basics, how the program works, who may apply, what you can and cannot do while in the U.S.

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Updated January 3, 2018. Originally posted on January 4, 2018.

Australian Migration Options for International Students

You may have options once you have completed your Australian study program to work or apply for permanent residency in Australia.

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Updated December 31, 2017. Originally posted on May 23, 2018.

Parent Sponsorship in Australia

"Have money will travel" : This might as well be the motto for parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents. Find out how.

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Updated December 31, 2017. Originally posted on January 1, 2018.

An Overview of CRICOS and VET Registration

Like all responsible hosts, the government of Australia does its best to ensure that international students enjoy a good quality of education.  Australian universities and colleges that accept international students therefore try to meet the requirements as explained in the National Code of Practice.  

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December 31, 2017

Canada Parent and Grandparent Program Reopens in 2018

As a parting Christmas gift to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents, IRCC will be accepting 10,000 parent/grandparent sponsorship applications in 2018 .

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December 31, 2017

Canada Parent and Grandparent Class 2018 Update

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents may sponsor a parent or grandparent to immigrate to Canada.

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December 26, 2017

The ABCs of visa application under the new rules

The agencies under the U.S. President in charge of immigration and visas - temporary or permanent - now require additional documents, verifying information provided and taking more time before making a decision.

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December 26, 2017

How to still get U.S. visas under Trump

Within a year of taking office, U.S. President Trump issued orders banning travel to the U.S. from certain countries and purportedly supported proposed law to reduce legal migration. How do you get the visa you want under the current climate?

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Updated December 19, 2017. Originally posted on October 28, 2016.

Why you should consider studying in Ireland

Benefit from the support of the Irish government to ensure the excellent quality of Ireland's higher education.

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Updated December 19, 2017. Originally posted on October 28, 2016.

Documents Required for an Irish Student Visa Application

If you want to launch a European career, why not start by taking further studies in Ireland to improve your credentials? Know what documents are needed to apply for an Irish student visa.

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Updated December 17, 2017. Originally posted on May 26, 2018.

Primer for Foreign RNs intending to Practice in the U.S. - 2018

Could an Internationally-educated, licensed RN qualify for a work visa? If applying for an immigrant visa, how long would be the wait? Are the procedures the same or different for both visas?

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December 15, 2017

Visa Bulletin January 2018: Welcome abroad

Ready to fly or would you be on stand-by? Priority dates have advanced and retreated in previous months. If you are among the lucky ones, have a safe flight and start your immigrant journey.

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Updated December 13, 2017. Originally posted on May 26, 2018.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Renewal 2018

Manitoba’s Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announced the renewal of the program, “restructuring its economic immigration program to provide new pathways to permanent residence for international students and entrepreneurs.”

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December 4, 2017

RN Guide to U.S. Work or Immigrant Visa, 2017

How may you assure yourself of getting the specific work or immigrant visa to the U.S.? Read the official and comprehensive procedures.

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December 3, 2017

Convert your IELTS band to CLB points

Candidates for Canadian immigration are mainly required to demonstrate a minimum language ability to ensure they can adapt to life in Canada. 

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Updated December 3, 2017. Originally posted on May 23, 2018.

Manitoba In-Demand Occupations List November 2018

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program selects internationally trained and experienced workers who have skills needed by Manitoba employers. Check if your occupation is on this year's In-Demand Occupations List.

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Updated December 1, 2017. Originally posted on November 27, 2017.

Update on Manitoba's Nomination Program for 2018

Manitoba Renewal of nomination system starts January 2018. See how it will impact those applying for or are already in Manitoba as students and temporary workers.

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November 14, 2017

December 2017 Visa Bulletin

Retrogression strikes on Christmas. Merry Christmas next year?

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November 13, 2017

Why you have two Visa Bulletin Charts

Still confused on why the Visa Bulletin issues two charts on the Visa Bulletin every month? Read the official statement of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of State. Ready? Get, set, document!

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Updated November 10, 2017. Originally posted on November 2, 2017.

Guide to Practicing as RN in Canada

Want to save time checking out the specific and latest information on how to practice - and subsequently become a permanent resident - in Canada? Have a pleasurable and rewarding reading.

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November 10, 2017

Recent Changes to Express Entry

Good French skills and having siblings get you extra points and now, tie-breaker for candidates with the same score.

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November 8, 2017

International Registration as Nurse in New Zealand 2017

Before you can put on a Nursing Cap in New Zealand, you must pass the CAP - Competency Assessment Programme as part of your registration as an International Nurse in NZ.

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Updated October 15, 2017. Originally posted on October 14, 2017.

November 2017 Visa Bulletin and Visas Issued at U.S. Embassy Manila

Immigrant visas to applicants in the Family and Employment-based categories are subject to monthly distribution within the per-country limits yearly. Check how many visas are issued in your specific category and check the visa movement for November 2017.

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September 22, 2017

List of Occupations Eligible for Specific Australian Skilled Visa Programs

On July 1, 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection completely revised the list of occupations eligible for skilled migration. Previously skilled migrant may apply if their occupations is on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) or the Consolidated Skilled Occupations List (CSOL), Not anymore, Check which skilled visa program you may apply.

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September 19, 2017

Visa Bulletin for October since 2013

Want to know how fast you visa date is moving each year when U.S. fiscal year starts? Read on. We looked back at the dates for you so you can find your way through the thicket.

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September 19, 2017

Immigrants Help Midwest Cities Survive

Voters in the Rust Belt States helped get Donald Trump to the White House, largely because of claims that immigrants are draining the U.S. economy, taking away jobs and using benefits they are not entitled to. This Global Cities Report show otherwise.

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August 10, 2017

See you this September 2017: Visa Priority Dates

For Visa Watchers – those waiting for their love ones, family members to join them after that long awaited visa interview – the priority dates for September could finally end the “daily nights of being alone, and writing or emailing” as both petitioner and beneficiary maintain a long-distance relationship.

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Updated July 18, 2017. Originally posted on August 3, 2017.

15,000 U.S. visas for foreign workers in response to American business requests

With American businesses facing closure or significant losses for shortage of American workers applying for temporary, seasonal or one-time occurrence jobs, the Department of Homeland Security has authorized the issuance of additional 15,000 H-2B visas for foreign workers in addition to the existing 66,000 authorized by Congress.

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July 12, 2017

Visa Bulletin for August 2017 and a year or a month before

Yes, we do provide a tally of how fast or slow priority dates moves in each of the Family and Employment-based categories. You may have to have a pen, pencil and writing pad or note ready to make some calculations or notes.

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July 5, 2017

Ontario Wants ICT Professionals, Workers for Permanent Residency

Ontario has released the list of occupations in the ICT field - professionals and skilled workers who get best chance of being selected from the Express Entry Candidate Pool.

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July 4, 2017

How to get a work permit as a Caregiver in Canada

Canada's Live-in Caregiver is Dead. (Program has been discontinued). Long live Caregivers! Check out the answers to the frequently asked questions about the Live-in Caregiver Program and what replaced this work to migrant category.

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July 3, 2017

Best, worst time to study in the U.S.?

More than a million foreign nationals ;pursue studies in the United States. The countries with the largest number of students studying at U.S. colleges in 2016 were: China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Colleges and universities are hoping the travel ban will not affect the U.S.' attractiveness to international students.

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July 3, 2017

Language Requirements for Canada Temporary Visa and Permanent Residence Requirements

Check the equivalent scores for the various official English exams recognized by the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada - shared with the immigrant community as part of Immigrant Visa Center Inc. advocacy.

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July 3, 2017

English required for issuance of Australian Study Visas

Borders.gov of Australia, the official website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection emphasizes that the DIBP "retains the discretion" to determine the language proficiency of international students.

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July 3, 2017

British-speak for students. How English are you?

Okay, our title might confuse non-English speakers, but there is a certain way British English is spoken. And when applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa, English proficiency is an immigration requirement.

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July 3, 2017

English requirement for studying in Ireland

Like the United Kingdom, the English proficiency of a student visa applicant is required under the immigration rules of Ireland. Specific English language requirements, however, apply to the academic programs an international student intends to enroll in.

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June 30, 2017

Why U.S. visa petitions and applications take so long

The Ombudsman - independent agency watchdog of the Department of Homeland Security released its findings on how the Department is performing - or not performing - its tasks despite continuing price increases.

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June 30, 2017

DHS-USCIS Q&A on Admission before Supreme Court Ruling on travel ban

The State Department clarified which visas and visa holders could be affected by the Supreme Court ruling. The Department of Homeland Security still has to update its own guidelines. The March 2017 Frequently Asked Questions meanwhile - shown below - is a good indication of how implementation would be.

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June 30, 2017

How to Process your Canada Study Permit in 30 days

Before you dive into the migration waters, check which stream you need to choose. In the case of students it is the Study Direct Stream. Find the whys and how.

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June 28, 2017

EU Migrants welcome to remain in UK indefinitely - UK PM May

Prime Minister Theresa May announced today plans to allow EU citizens living in the UK to remain here as residents following Brexit designed to put their "anxiety to rest".

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June 27, 2017

2017 Guide to Working in the UK

At least a million foreign skilled workers intend to leave the UK after Brexit. Is that good or bad for Overseas Filipino Workers? Find the fine print and details of the current rules in place. (Be warned that the policies are fast-changing due to the pace of the Brexit negotiations)

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June 25, 2017

Why thousands of job orders for PH RNs in the UK remain unfilled

Claiming the student visa program had been abused, the UK Home Agency and Border Agency impose restrictions on the entry of international students, among them those taking up courses leading to registration as UK RNs. Then Brexit came, UK voted to close its borders and the orders remain open.

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June 13, 2017

Express Entry and the Comprehensive Ranking System

Applicants using the Express Entry system will be awarded points based on age, work experience, education, language test and family members who are Canadian Citizens and permanent residents.

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Updated June 13, 2017. Originally posted on September 12, 2016.

Canada Express Entry: An Overview

To accomplish the goal of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or IRCC to process qualified and complete applications in six months or less, the Government of Canada created and implemented an integrated, online management system for their economic immigration programs. This is the Express Entry System.

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Updated June 10, 2017. Originally posted on February 9, 2017.

English Exam Requirement for Some New Zealand International Students

Students from the Philippines, India, and other countries with an approval rate of less than 80% for student visa application, will have to sit for an English language proficiency exam.

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June 7, 2017

Study in Ireland, Work in Europe: Ireland's National Framework of Qualifications

Do you want to work around Europe? With Ireland's National Framework of Qualifications system, the knowledge, skill and competence per qualification and education level are clearly defined. This allows other countries to see how Ireland's qualifications fit in with theirs, making it easier for employers to pinpoint your skills sets and competence.

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Updated June 6, 2017. Originally posted on January 13, 2015.

10 Reasons to Study in New Zealand

Beautiful New Zealand is not only one of the best places in the world to live in but has become a favorite destination for international students.

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May 24, 2017

New list of eligible occupations for skilled migration to Australia - MLTSSL

The old Skilled Occupations List (SOL) for skilled independent migrant applicants and the Consolidated Skilled Occupations List (CSOL) allowing Australia's States and Territories to nominate a skilled worker for permanent residency has been abolished. This is the new list.

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May 24, 2017

Occupations Removed from Australia's List

When Australia changed the list of occupations eligible for temporary and permanent migration, applicants in specific occupations were affected. See if your occupation is one of them.

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May 24, 2017

Changes in Australia's Skilled Migration Program through SkillSelect

Previous list of occupations abolished, replaced in both the temporary and permanent migration visa programs. Find out which list to use when applying for a specific Subclass category.

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Updated May 19, 2017. Originally posted on May 16, 2017.

June 2017 Visa Bulletin: how many millions are waiting?

The U.S. State Department's list of immigrant visa applicants for November 2016 and two years before that show immigrant visa applicants from the Philippines had been declining. What could be the reasons why?

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May 19, 2017

Passport Requirements for First Time Applicants, Updated 2017

Applying for your first Philippine passport has never been easier as the Department of Foreign Affairs has greatly streamlined its application process. Listed below are the UPDATED documentary requirements for first-time applicants.

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May 18, 2017

Working in the U.S.

How to apply for temporary or permanent employment in the United States of America.

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April 23, 2017

Visa Bulletin for May 2017 and how many are waiting for immigrant visas since 2010

Why does it take so long for an immigrant visa to be issued? How many others are you competing with? We look at the official figures from the Department of State.

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April 20, 2017

What you need to know about changes in New Zealand's Skilled Migration Program

When economic tectonic plates misaligned with migration programs, skilled migrant applicants feel the tremor. To know how you may absorb the shocks or stay away from faults, we are sharing the official information from the New Zealand Immigration Service website.

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April 20, 2017

When Australia's New Rules on Temporary and Permanent Residency Visas take effect

Knowing where to go, how to get there and having a clear idea of how long your journey would be are essential ingredients for a migrant's journey. For skilled migrants wishing to migrate to Australia, here's the timeline.

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April 19, 2017

Why Australia abolished, replaced 457 work visa

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced the changes are effective immediately and will be completed in March 2018. Start your search and find what you need nowl

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April 18, 2017

Proposed Challenge to Canadian Government for Caregivers Applying for Permanent Residency

If you - or someone you know - is a Caregiver in Canada who could be, or had been affected by this, you may contact Atty. Tim Leahy directly before the deadline. You can know more about Atty. Tim Leahy and cases he had handled at http://www.unfaircic.com/issues1.html

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April 11, 2017

Want to work in Canada? Here's how.

Question from a reader/viewer of our Facebook account - “My son is applying for work in Canada. May I inquire what the requirements for a Canadian work visa are? He already has an employer and we are just waiting for the LMIA and contract.  What are the next steps to process our visa?”

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March 24, 2017

How to Immigrate to Canada, Updated

8 steps to qualify for immigration to Canada through Express Entry.

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March 24, 2017

7 Steps to Get a Study Visa to Canada

Two visas in one! Student visa for the principal applicant and work permit for the spouse or partner. Yes, that is a benefit for student visa applicants with partners or spouse. Details, below.

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March 24, 2017

How to Appeal a U.S. visa refusal

A U.S. consul may only refuse your visa application. The consular officers cannot revoke the visa petition in the case of study or work visas. The appeal or request for reconsideration may only be submitted to the agency that approved the petition - in this case the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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March 24, 2017

How to apply for a U.S. Visit Visa - Successfully

With orders from President Trump to increase and expand the scrutiny of U.S. visa applicants, knowing how to successfully navigate the U.S. Embassy visa application process is crucial. Bon voyage!

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March 11, 2017

Visa Issuance under Trump - April 2017

During the campaign period for presidency, Donald Trump said he wanted to clean up America's visa mess and return the legal immigrant visa numbers to the previous 400,000 level as opposed to the one million permanent resident cards the U.S. issues every year. That is good. Will the future years be?

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Updated March 6, 2017. Originally posted on February 15, 2017.

Options to Work while Studying in the U.S.

The United States differs from Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and Australia in that the U.S. government imposes restrictions on part-time work that international students are allowed to do.

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Updated March 6, 2017. Originally posted on February 18, 2017.

How to apply for work authorization in the US as an international student

You may want to work while studying for various reasons ranging from severe economic hardship to an intense desire for additional training to help launch your career.

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Updated March 6, 2017. Originally posted on May 23, 2018.

Schengen Countries Embassy Contact Info

The Schengen area: 28 different European countries. some of which are not members of the European Union and some which are outside the European continent. As it can be a tad confusing, consider this your one-stop site for the contact information of Schengen countries that have an embassy or consulate in the Philippines. Links to the appropriate Visa Centres have also been included whenever applicable to help you with your Schengen visa application.

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Updated March 6, 2017. Originally posted on March 4, 2017.

USCIS suspends premium processing for U.S. H-1B Work Visas: it's like closing the Golden Gate to traffic

With this suspension, ALL H-1B petitions, regardless if cap-exempt or not - will not be evaluated or decided on within 15 calendar days.

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Updated February 26, 2017. Originally posted on February 13, 2017.

7 Top FAQ Topics about a US Student Visa Application

These FAQs are for you whether you are still at the decision stage or completing your application for a U.S. student visa. This article deals with 7 main areas of concerns including the application process to finance-related questions and inadmissibility factors.

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Updated February 25, 2017. Originally posted on February 14, 2017.

6 Top FAQ Topics about the Standard Optional Practical Training

Are you planning to study in the USA but have questions about the U.S. Standard Optional Practical Training program?  Read on to learn how you can stay back in the country up to 12 months post course completion.

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Updated February 23, 2017. Originally posted on July 19, 2018.

Philippine Colleges, Universities Recognized by New Zealand, July 2018

If you are a graduate in any of the colleges and universities on this list, you may save time and money by not having to undergo an individual assessment from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

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February 23, 2017

UK Supreme Court Rules on Minimum Income for Foreign Spouses

The Supreme Court has ruled that controversial minimum income rules for non-EEA spouses set by the Home Office, which campaigners say have split thousands of families apart preventing British citizens bringing their foreign spouse to the UK, are lawful "in principle". - Guest blog from Charles Kelly, UK Managed Migration Specialist and Marketing Consultant.

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February 18, 2017

Important Milestones for a U.S. Student Visa Application

Learn about your timeline for admission to the United States and when to depart after completing your course!

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Updated February 18, 2017. Originally posted on February 13, 2017.

Documents Needed to Apply for a U.S. Student Visa

Even if you are accepted by a school, college or university in the United States  and have been issued a Form I-20, you will still have to apply for your student visa at a U.S. Consular Post in your home country.

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Updated February 18, 2017. Originally posted on February 14, 2017.

U.S. Optional Practical Training: Important Information

Use the Optional Practical Training program to lay the foundation to a successful career. Remain in the United States for 12 months after graduation!

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Updated February 18, 2017. Originally posted on February 14, 2017.

U.S. STEM Programs

International students in the United States who graduate from certain programs in the sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics, and related fields may have more opportunities to stay on in the country for additional training to jumpstart their career.

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February 17, 2017

EU Nurses coming to UK drops by 90% since Brexit: good or bad for Filipino RNs?

POEA job orders for RNs to UK show unlimited number of registered nurses needed. Why has it remained unfilled for so long?

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February 15, 2017

New Zealand needs 45,000 Construction Workers till 2021

Job offers from eligible New Zealand employers must be accredited by Philippine Labor Attaches to verify employer status, manpower needs and abilty to pay the required wages by the New Zealand government. Employers need to recruit through POEA-licensed agencies in good standing.

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Updated February 15, 2017. Originally posted on December 5, 2016.

Work while Studying in the US

It's not that easy to work while studying in the United States as the government has placed restrictions on work done by international students.

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February 14, 2017

OPT STEM 24-Month Extension: Important Information

On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security implemented a new extension for graduates of some eligible programs. Remain in the USA for a total of 36 months with the OPT STEM 24-Month Extension.

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February 14, 2017

U.S. Curricular Practical Training: Important Information

You can now gain valuable work experience while studying in the United States if your program incorporates practical training in its curriculum.

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February 14, 2017

A Short Overview on Applying to Australia as an International Student

As the world's third most popular destination of international students in the world, Australia continues to provide innovative programs for both domestic and international students.

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February 9, 2017

Visa Bulletin for March 2017 and 5 years earlier

Yes, the visa allocation for this month – and for the remainder of the year – would still remain the same, despite the threat of President Donald Trump to bring down immigrant visa numbers to its historical figures – 400,000. Check whether you should have received your interview schedule for next month.

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January 29, 2017

10 Things You Need to Know on Traveling to the U.S. after Order Banning Refugees, Visa Holders and Immigrants- Updated

Instead of challenging the 9th Circuit Court suspending the Muslim ban, President Trump orders the Department of Homeland Security to expand the existing rules on express deportation of the undocumented in the U.S. and those with suspicious documents or demeanor at ports of entries

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Updated January 22, 2017. Originally posted on January 21, 2017.

Jobs and Residency by 2020

The U.S. Presidency - and the country's policy directions - lie with Donald Trump. Which countries continue to remain open and hospitable to immigrant workers and their families? We provide varying shades of optimism.

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January 11, 2017

Visa Bulletin February 2017 and from four years back

Check how the visa dates for your specific category - Family-sponsored or Employment-based - have moved in the last five years. This would give you an idea of when you should start preparing documents, or prepare for the interview or prepare for another five-year wait.

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January 10, 2017

Saudi Arabia to tax Dependents of Expats, OFWs

The tax is part of the Kingdom's plan to cut its budget deficit resulting from the drop in oil prices which is expected to continue despite a slight increase after OPEC announced cuts in oil production. The US has increased its production and some OPEC members have not complied.

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January 9, 2017

List of Occupations in Demand in Germany

Basic knowledge of the German language is required in addition to meeting the qualifications and requirement for the occupation. And - whether being hired directly or thru an agency, be sure to check the POEA requirements for overseas recruitment for employers and agencies.

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January 9, 2017

In demand occupations in Austria, Germany 2017

Austria and Germany have published a list of occupations that each and both EU countries need. Here's an overview of what occupations are in short supply and where to apply.

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January 9, 2017

Getting the EU Blue Card, 2017

If you do not meet the minimum points to migrate to Australia, Canada or New Zealand or you are not eligible for the U.S. greencard, Europe offers the Blue. Here's the updated overview.

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January 9, 2017

How to Complete Application to Practice Nursing in Saskatchewan - Updated

The Guide to apply for registration as an RN in Saskatchewan provides the underlying procedures and requirement. The steps needed, time frame and outcome of your assessment, application and potential outcome are discussed here.

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January 8, 2017

Top Migration Destinations for 2017

2016 was not migrant-friendly. Fear of immigrants occupying space and taking away jobs from a host country's citizens and legal residents saw migration in the spotlight- then turning into a bulls-eye. So, where to migrate in 2017 temporary or otherwise?

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December 30, 2016

Shortage Occupations in the UK for 2017

The December 2016 list from the UK Home Office shows what jobs are available, the academic and experience requirements needed, how to apply and who can get in first.

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December 30, 2016

10 Fastest Growing Jobs in the U.S. and how to compete

If you have a college degree in health, sciences and finance– and, if your degree is considered  equivalent to the U.S. counterpart – 8 of the 10 fastest growing jobs for college graduates in the U.S. are in the health are in these fields, however...

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December 29, 2016

Green Card for a Widow/Widower of a U.S. Citizen

Is a visa petition by a U.S. citizen for a spouse - like love - forever, living on even after death?

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Updated December 29, 2016. Originally posted on July 1, 2016.

Australia Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List 2016-2017

You must nominate an occupation from the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) if you are nominated by a State or Territory Government, a direct entry stream Employer Nomination Scheme visa, a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) or a Training and Research Visa (Subclass 402).

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Updated December 29, 2016. Originally posted on July 1, 2016.

Australian Skilled Occupation Lists July 2016 for Skilled Independent Applicants

These Occupations were added to the SOL from 1 July 2016: Orthotist or Prosthetist (ANZSCO 251912) and Audiologist (ANZSCO 252711).. Check the occupations removed.

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December 28, 2016

More New Forms for U.S. Petitions, Applications. Previous Editions Will Not Be Accepted

Submitting an old or previous edition of a form could result in unnecessary delay or even refusal. Check the newest edition, below.

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December 21, 2016

How to Apply for Visas at Embassies under President Donald Trump

Will the current rules on visa applications change in the next 6 months? Not likely. But do not hold your breath for the remainder of next year.

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December 18, 2016

2017 How to Apply for Registration as an RN in Ireland

With the UK's status as a member of the European Union in question - only a matter of when, not if - Ireland is the better alternative as the Filipino RN's destination to practice nursing and explore benefits of being able to visit, work, or reside anywhere in the European Union. Also links to RN jobs in Ireland.

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December 17, 2016

2017 Filipino RN Guide to Registration in British Columbia

 We are providing consolidated information on applying for registration with the College of Registered Nurses in British Columbia) as a public service to our readers, viewers and friends – and as part of our advocacy to provide the latest and more information from the official source with least time involved.

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December 15, 2016

Filipino RN Guide to NZ Registration 2017

Read the latest instructions from the Nursing Council of New Zealand on how to apply and complete your registration as a Registered Nurse in NZ.

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December 13, 2016

Why Education - like Kangaroo Burgers - in Australia, is well done

The hamburger is probably the most popular food in the world. You can find spicy burgers in India, kangaroo burgers in Australia while the Japanese munch on 'hambaagu'. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-1197009/The-perfect-burger-experts-Seven-chefs-reveal-secret-hamburger-recipes.html#ixzz4Sip2Kfpx Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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December 13, 2016

Visa Bulletin January 2017 vs. January 2015

If you feel that waiting for your visa interview date is like going through the eye of a needle, and you either have to shrink in size or get a giant size needle to know how long your wait would be, we have the answer: the Visa Bulletin movement for two years is here.

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December 11, 2016

Canada Needs Global Skills to be Global Leader

OFWs are considered de-facto global talents, desired by employers worldwide. While millions are mired or stranded in the Middle East, the best in their trades while enduring the worst of work conditions and human rights violations, Canada wants them.

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Updated December 6, 2016. Originally posted on December 3, 2016.

An Overview of Australia Skilled Immigration

Each State or Territory of Australia has its own list of occupations in demand. Find out where you are needed - and wanted.

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Updated December 6, 2016. Originally posted on August 25, 2016.

Canada Student Visa: Important Info, Requirements

Based on the quality of Canada's educational programs and institutions, national income and quality of life, abundance of fresh water, low incidence of violent crime and model health care system, Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live.

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Updated December 6, 2016. Originally posted on August 1, 2018.

Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada as of 2nd August 2018

New! Alberta has created the Alberta Opportunity Stream; Saskatchewan has replaced the first-come, first selected basis for applicants meeting the occupations in demand requirements - and more. See the updates as of August 2, 2018.

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Updated December 6, 2016. Originally posted on May 23, 2018.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program 2018

Ontario describes itself as “the most multicultural province in Canada, where half of all new immigrants make their home.” Starting January 18, 2018, the federal government increased OINP's allocation by 600 nominations to a total of 6,600.

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Updated December 6, 2016. Originally posted on October 26, 2016.

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program

Newfoundland and Labrador is a dynamic and vibrant province that distinguishes itself as one of the best places in the world to live, study, work and play. More than a thousand years ago, the Vikings came and transformed as Newfoundlanders. Today, Newfoundland and Labrador offers the best of Europe and North America - an abundance of clean air and fresh water, a low incidence of violent crime and a comfortable population density. It is one of the friendliest and safest places in the country to live.

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Updated December 5, 2016. Originally posted on November 24, 2016.

U.S. Petition, Application Fees Increase by Dec. 23, 2016

Two days before Christmas and fees for filing petitions as well as applications for U.S. benefits go up. And Donald Trump is not yet officially the President.

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Updated December 5, 2016. Originally posted on November 17, 2016.

Changes to the Express Entry Selection System starting Nov. 19, 2016

Official government announcement by the Canadian government published in the Canada Gazette

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Updated December 5, 2016. Originally posted on November 1, 2016.

Visa Laws under President Trump

Will the Visa Bulletin processing dates change for the better - or worse? Check December 2016 visa bulletin and the rest of the story.

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Updated December 4, 2016. Originally posted on November 30, 2016.

Postgrad Entry Requirements for Non-EU Applicants of University College Cork

See how your credentials stack up against the requirements for postgrad applicants to UCC

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Updated November 24, 2016. Originally posted on March 8, 2013.

Changes to Canada

The pass mark to qualify for permanent residency to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker category (FSW) remains the same: 67. But starting May 4, 2013, three new essential changes will be implemented. Read on.

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Updated November 24, 2016. Originally posted on December 15, 2015.

Which Visa Bulletin Cut-off Date Should be Used

The Visa Bulletin Cut-off Date has become more complicated since October 2015. Get to know which cut-off date applies to your immigrant visa petition.

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November 8, 2016

UK desperately needs RNs. Why are there no applicants?

A likely reason is that RNs with the skills, experience, English proficiency required by the UK Home Office and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have several more attractive, less costly option to work and become permanent residents elsewhere, such as Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

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October 28, 2016

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program

Set your search to solve your immigration jigzaw puzzle on which province in Canada to live and work. Consider Prince Edward Island: where Canada was born - and began.

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Updated October 26, 2016. Originally posted on October 19, 2016.

Still, 8 Great Tips for Visa Approval

With 10 to 12 million Filipinos overseas – half of them as permanent residents – it’s no wonder there are tens of thousands of tourist, work, student and immigrant visas. Why are there many refused admission at ports of entry even as they hold valid visas?

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Updated October 26, 2016. Originally posted on October 25, 2016.

Golden Opportunity in Saskatchewan for less than 700

The key is getting your documents and application ready soonest - before the nomination rainbow disappears.

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October 26, 2016

Lost in migration choices? Newfoundland it!

It took 8,000 years before the Vikings of Europe landed in Newfoundland. Today, Newfoundland Labrador is cherishing the old and welcoming the new, especially young immigrants of working age who could keep social services flowing.

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Updated October 26, 2016. Originally posted on October 24, 2016.

Ontario: Open Opportunities

Ontario has created a province-specific migration stream designed to target individuals in Canada's Express Entry selection system including a selection stream that does not require a job offer. Submit your profile. Blow your horn.

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Updated October 26, 2016. Originally posted on October 6, 2016.

Saskatchewan Nomination Program Oct. 2016 Update

If you are just getting ready to submit your application (without a prior review of what occupations would be in demand in Saskatchewan and how to qualify) the program has closed. The good news? It will open again.

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Updated October 18, 2016. Originally posted on August 3, 2014.

The Truth About Registering as an Internationally Qualified Nurse in Australia

There are stories here, tales there, hearsay everywhere. There is no prescription for gossip, so we've decided to update this old, archived post that is unexpectedly still being searched for and read.

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Updated October 16, 2016. Originally posted on October 13, 2016.

Charting your visa future: Visa Bulletin October and November 2016

Commuters in traffic-challenged cities around the world chart their routes through Waze™ and find so many routes to travel.  Unlike that popular app though, there is no reliable visa-priority-date/traffic charter because no one can predict what may happen to other countries and the U.S. And remember, political and economic developments in and outside the U.S. affect the availability of visa numbers.

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Updated October 16, 2016. Originally posted on October 14, 2016.

Changes in New Zealand Skilled Migration from October 12, 2016

Changes are being implemented for those who intend to apply as Skilled Migrants to New Zealand.  We are publishing the complete news release from the New Zealand Immigration as a public service and part of our immigrant advocacy.

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October 15, 2016

Update on Residency for Parents in New Zealand

New Zealand Immigration Service announced the suspension of accepting residency applications for parents in NZ. This update is being provided - as announced - as public service and part of our immigrant advocacy.

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October 15, 2016

Philippine Colleges, Universities Recognized in New Zealand

If you are a graduate (diploma, degree holder of any of the college or universities listed below, then your qualification is considered as the equivalent of a New Zealand degree. As explained below, you may then pursue further education or apply for skilled migration (permanent residency) without the need for assessment by the New Zealand Qualification Authority.

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October 6, 2016

90,000 Job Openings in Saskatchewan till 2019

423 occupations. Check what's available in Saskatchewan. From a total of 423 occupations, 79 have good prospects, 303 with fair (balanced or average) and 41 with limited job prospects based on current and anticipated economic conditions.

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September 25, 2016

U.S. Petition, Application fees increase by October 2016

In a few weeks from now, filing a petition for your spouse, child, parent - even a fiancee wil cost more, including the fee for issuance of your green card which is paid with an immigrant visa application.

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September 18, 2016

Tracking Your Visa in the Forest of Petitions

If you get married and kept it secret, will it affect your petition and visa application even if you marry a second time and make this marriage known instead of the first?

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September 14, 2016

Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSPNP)

One of the provinces in the Maritime region, Nova Scotia offers a high quality of life to its residents. As a new immigrant, there are a variety of free services you may avail of to help you settle in the province.

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September 12, 2016

Hot Tips to Help You Choose a School in New Zealand

Planning to STUDY in NEW ZEALAND? What is your criteria for selecting the school where you intend to enroll in?

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Updated September 12, 2016. Originally posted on August 2, 2018.

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) August 2018

With a population of less than 760,000 and low cost of living, the Province of New Brunswick may afford new opportunities for new immigrants.

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Updated September 11, 2016. Originally posted on August 30, 2016.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program 2016

Being the first Canadian province to establish its own immigration program, the Manitoba Government projected a labor shortage until 2020 of over 20,000 skilled workers.

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September 9, 2016

Visa Bulletin, September & October 2016

Thirsty for news for next month? As a public service to our Friends, Viewers and Clients, we are publishing the Final and Filing Dates for September and October this year.

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Updated September 7, 2016. Originally posted on September 6, 2016.

Feel the Groove, Before You Move

What occupations will each or all of Australia's States and Territories will remain in place and which ones will exit?

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Updated September 7, 2016. Originally posted on September 5, 2016.

Home. Work. - in a global setting.

Starting a new chapter in one's life as a Working-Student Mom in Manitoba is not as hard as it seems, especially when your spouse - in fact, the whole family's with you in this journey.

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September 6, 2016

Legalization Options for 11 Million TNTs in the US

A Hillary Clinton administration may be immigrant-friendly, but if Donald ducks and dodges defeat as the U.S. Presidential candidate of the Republican Party, then illegal immigrants need to know their options.

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Updated August 29, 2016. Originally posted on August 25, 2016.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program offers an economic immigration pathway for in demand foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs who can contribute to the economic development demands of the province.

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August 28, 2016

Canada Needs 359,375 Transport and IT Workers. Are you qualified?

Employers or agents must meet Canada's LMIA requirements and comply with POEA procedures if recruiting Filipino workers.

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Updated August 27, 2016. Originally posted on February 26, 2015.

Skilled Independent Visa

No sponsorship necessary but you need 60 points to qualify and processing takes longer than State or Territory Nominated and Employer Nominated.

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Updated August 26, 2016. Originally posted on August 23, 2016.

Partner/Spouse Category, Love without Marriage

Filing this sponsorship and application packet is simple, straightforward and needs common sense. However, to ensure proper compliance for common law, de facto or partnership by marriage will require an extraordinary amount of time and patience.

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August 25, 2016

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic migration program, operated jointly by the government of Alberta and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.  The AINP  supports Alberta's economic growth by attracting and retaining work-ready immigrants to the province.  

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Updated August 25, 2016. Originally posted on June 9, 2018.

Express Entry and Federal Skilled Worker Program 2018

Like many countries with skilled migration categories, Canada selects permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and contribute positively to their economy. Permanent residents may live, work and study in Canada permanently and enjoy the additional benefits of access to government-subsidized education, healthcare and the insurance and pension benefits if employed. And as a permanent resident, you may enjoy an opportunity to sponsor eligible family members to join you in Canada.

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Updated August 25, 2016. Originally posted on June 3, 2018.

Canadian Experience Class Update 2018

If you have worked in Canada as a temporary foreign worker or on a postgraduate work permit, you might be eligible to apply for permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class (or CEC).

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Updated August 25, 2016. Originally posted on August 21, 2016.

Federal Skilled Trades Program

If your profession belongs to certain specific trades, you may choose instead to apply as a permanent resident in the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

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Updated August 21, 2016. Originally posted on August 20, 2016.

Premiers' Call to Keep Atlantic Canada Alive Before the Sun Sets

More people are dying than being born in three of four provinces but in the push to attract immigrants to Atlantic Canada, the region’s governments must assure those who are left behind that migrants are not taking away their jobs.

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August 20, 2016

Express Entry Application System: Updated After November 2016 Changes

Not a program but a system, Express Entry has made applying as an immigrant under an economic immigration program more systematic and faster - and now after November 19, 2016, more competitive and open to overseas applicants.

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Updated August 20, 2016. Originally posted on August 15, 2016.

A Valid Visa Does Not Guarantee Entry to the US

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are authorized to conduct random checks and interview arriving passengers all of whom should have valid visas. If the answers to the questions are not be consistent with those given during the visa interview, that could spell trouble.

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Updated August 20, 2016. Originally posted on August 16, 2016.

More migrants but with less skills that NZL needs

What NZ needs are students and migrants in the construction, engineering (30,000), health and social services, ICT (1500) and electronics, and areas such as teaching, chefs, trades and heavy truck driving (500)"

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August 16, 2016

One study ring that rules them all

New Zealand has a study program in place that allows international students to work while studying, get a job search visa after graduation and proceed to the legal pathway to residency.

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Updated August 16, 2016. Originally posted on May 20, 2016.

A Short Introduction to Skilled Immigration

Don't have close family members who are eligible to sponsor you as an immigrant? Consider applying for skilled immigration instead.

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Updated August 16, 2016. Originally posted on August 15, 2016.

The seasons make the clothes

We're taking a break from more serious immigration matters at the moment to take a look at one of the more trivial (but nevertheless important important!) aspects of traveling overseas: clothes.

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Updated August 15, 2016. Originally posted on August 9, 2016.

Bridging the Enrollment to Employment Gap

An average of 500,000 students in the Philippines graduate from a four-year degree program every year. They were the ones who were able to cross the enrollment to commencement bridge. The next bridge, commencement to employment (local or overseas), can be a little tricky or rickety depending on when you get to it.

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August 14, 2016

EU wants welders, engineers in the fast lane

Employers and headhunters in Germany are going to areas with high unemployment rates looking for welders, fitters and other tradespersons. Porsche on the other hand needs engineers to outrun the competition

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August 14, 2016

Sweet Taste of Migration - Visas for Belgium

We are posting the official information from the Belgian Embassy in Makati as service to our viewers and eReaders. For more info, log on to http://philippines.diplomatie.belgium.be/en/visa/visa-belgium

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August 14, 2016

Belgium - the EU Meeting Place

Before the European Union implements regulations on migration, details of the rules are presented during plenary sessions conducted in Brussels, Belgium.

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August 14, 2016

What Type of French Visa Should You Apply For?

For visitors staying for 3 months or less, there is the Short Stay Visa (Schengen visa). For long-stay visa applicants, the specific requirements depend on the type of residency visa desired.

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August 14, 2016

Migrating to France? Bon Voyage, Mon Ami - Adieu!

Yes you need basic proficiency in French. So save up and instead of spending on french fries, pay up for French language lessons In the meantime, here's an overview of how to go about applying for a visa and what to expect before you leave.

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Updated August 14, 2016. Originally posted on August 13, 2016.

September Visa Bulletin: Visas Gone

The original song is "I'll See you in September, when summer is gone." by the Tempos in 1959. September signal not just the end of summer but also the last month of the U.S. government's fiscal year. October is when a new set of visa numbers are allocated. It is best to monitor your preference category so as not to miss your visa interview.

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Updated August 12, 2016. Originally posted on August 11, 2016.

Graduate: Glad to wait?

1.2 Million college and technical education students graduate every year. Almost the same number of applicants in 3,686 job fairs conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment. Only 30% got hired.

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Updated August 9, 2016. Originally posted on July 14, 2016.

AUGUST Visa Bulletin: 10 YEARS and many months ago

For the sons and daughters of petitioners who obtained their U.S. citizenship through military service in the U.S. during World War II, you can apply to be with the Petitioner now instead of waiting for years under the Advance Parole program of President Barack Obama.

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Updated August 9, 2016. Originally posted on July 26, 2016.

Scholarships for International Students at Saginaw Valley State University

Obtaining a US degree has never been this affordable.

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Updated August 4, 2016. Originally posted on August 1, 2016.

Express Entry: Over a YEAR LATER

Finishing the race to the finish line is like swimming against the tide for Filipino applicants seeking to become permanent residents to Canada. A preferred swimming lane is reserved for those already in Canada as students or workers.

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Updated July 13, 2016. Originally posted on July 4, 2016.

Complete, Latest New Zealand Skills Lists for 2016-2017

The list of occupations eligible for permanent residency and employment in New Zealand had been released after the NZ government review in December 2015. Find out if your occupation is on any of the lists.

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Updated July 13, 2016. Originally posted on July 6, 2016.

Canada's National Consultation on Immigration

Right on the heels of Brexit and the emergent call of Scotland, France and other EU member countries about remaining or breaking away from the European Union, Canada has initiated a nationwide consultation on how Canada's immigration program should define Canadian citizens and residents 150 years from now.

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Updated July 13, 2016. Originally posted on July 1, 2016.

Which State or Territory in AUSTRALIA WANTS YOU?

This updated lists of occupations for each State or Territory in Australia show which occupations are in demand or hard to fill. For Skilled Migrants and their families, we dedicate this page for fast, easy access to information that will help you decide where to seek nomination, where your occupation is in demand and how to qualify. Good luck.

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Updated July 13, 2016. Originally posted on July 4, 2016.

Revised Occupations List for NZ Residency and Employment in 2016-17

If your occupation is not included in the list of Essential Skills in Demand (ESD) in New Zealand by December, you would have to wait for another year. Find out what occupations are hot, which ones are not.

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Updated July 13, 2016. Originally posted on July 8, 2016.

U.S. RuNning out of RNs, but not RuNning after Nurses Overseas. Why?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics warns that less than 3 year from now, the U.S would be needing an additional 1.2 million RNs to meet the demands of the workforce and the $2.9 trillion healthcare industry. Yet, there has been no action to actively recruit nurses from overseas.

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July 4, 2016

How Does Brexit Roil the Migration Waters?

Immigration was the thunder that drove majority of British voters to choose Leave instead of Remaining in the European Union.

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Updated July 4, 2016. Originally posted on September 5, 2015.

The Key to Starting a Successful Nursing Practice in Canada

Now that NCLEX is the required licensure for international nurses - even those who have passed the US - NCLEX - what are the steps and requirements towards a successful career and migration pathway as an RN in Canada?

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Updated July 3, 2016. Originally posted on July 2, 2016.

News Flash! Priority Occupations for New South Wales for 2016 to 2017 just out.

If last year was any indication, approximately 4,000 candidates will be invited to apply for permanent residency through New South Wales' nomination program. Find out if your occupation is on the list, below.

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Updated July 2, 2016. Originally posted on May 30, 2015.

An Overview of Canada's National Occupational Classification

The NOC is a system used by the Government of Canada to classify jobs (occupations).

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Updated July 2, 2016. Originally posted on April 13, 2016.

Visa Bulletin MAY 2016 : What You See is NOT What You Get

If only your eyes have hands, maybe they will try to move the priority dates faster. Since that is not the case, you may cast your glance to other options if your wait would be at least another 10 years.

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Updated June 11, 2016. Originally posted on June 9, 2016.

Family Members of FilAm Vets May Now Apply: Rules Just Published

The detailed instructions are shown as part of our advocacy program. If you need additional information or assistance, please call 02-634-8717 or call text 0917-529-8472 or email us your concern or case at chiefvisaofficer@visacenter.org. You may also watch the USCIS Video of USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez.

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June 10, 2016

July 2016 Visa Bulletin and Advance Parole

Next month's cut-off dates from the State Department came out a day after the rules for Advance Parole processing were published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. How are these dates and rules related?

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Updated June 7, 2016. Originally posted on February 2, 2016.

How to Get Available Appointment Dates for June, July August 2016

New procedures in place. Do not be on time. Be early! Use your money. Not Uncle Sam's1 Register to Receive. Do not be in line. Be online! Do not be copy. Be original.

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May 30, 2016

How to Avoid UK Jobs Scam: Supplement to POEA Advisory

Domestic worker visas are still being issued, but not Au Pair visas. In all cases, work permits to the UK must have a Certificate of Sponsorship from a UK registered employer authenticated by the Philippine Labor Attache.

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May 29, 2016

Saskatchewan’s Skilled Worker Express Entry Residency Option Still Open

Of the three provincial nomination programs of Saskatchewan only the The International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer sub-category is still accepting applications.

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May 29, 2016

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Updates for May 2016

Several Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program streams still on TEMPORARY PAUSE

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May 23, 2016

Australia's Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List

If you don't qualify to apply for skilled independent immigration to Australia, then you might be sponsored by a state or territory.

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Updated May 23, 2016. Originally posted on May 16, 2016.

US International Students: Stay up to 36 Months on a 24-Month STEM Extension for OPT

As long as you are an eligible US international student, you can work for 12 months under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program. But if you graduate from specific academic programs, you may qualify for a 24-month STEM extension on your OPT, extending your stay in the US for 36 months.

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May 21, 2016

Australia's 2016-2017 Skilled Occupations List is now out!

A new SOL will be in effect on 1 July 2016 with the introduction and removal of some occupations.

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May 10, 2016

Children of Filipino Veterans May Join Parents in a Year or less

Instead of waiting 15 to 25 years under the F1 or F3 category, qualified applicants may now apply to join the petitioner parent (World War II Veteran) with their minor children.

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May 10, 2016

Visa Bulletin June 2016: Final Dates From June 2011. Cupid's Arrow Beats Nuclear Family Relationships

What factors have affected the ebb and flow of visa movement the last five years? Amidst the ethnic conflicts, threats of nuclear war the 60's maxim of "Make Love Not War" seems to be the best solution.

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May 10, 2016

U.S. Filing Fee to Increase July 2016

Get ready to pay more to sponsor your spouse, children, parents, brothers, sisters as well as workers being sponsored on temporary or permanent basis.

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April 30, 2016

Help on the Way. Visa Questions Answered Live, On Air - DWIZ

So, it's the weekend and you have a visa or migration question. Get the specific and detailed answer you need - FREE. Just Pay attention.

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Updated April 17, 2016. Originally posted on April 12, 2016.

Tips to Get Genuine Job Offer in Canada

Despite the slowdown in the Chinese economy resulting in the decreased demand for oil, certain industries in Canada predicts increased hiring. All the links - from Employer's responsibility to the role of the Philippine government - are provided as part of our immigrant advocacy.

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Updated April 12, 2016. Originally posted on April 7, 2016.

10 Tips to Determine if US. Job Offer is Genuine

Beware of job offers through the internet. Do not get caught in the web of scams. U.S. employers intending to recruit foreign workers must comply with U.S. labor and immigration laws. A simple "job offer" direct to the applicant is not enough.

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April 10, 2016

Applying for U.S. Work Visas for 2017 and beyond

The 65,000 H-1B visas and 66,000 H-2B visas could face drastic changes, or at least stringent requirements if the incoming Trump administration makes good on its campaign promises to prioritize U.S. citizens and workers.

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March 29, 2016

Shortage Occupations in Germany

Three years after announcing the opportunity to work and migrate to Germany for Skilled Worker (with completed Vocational Education and Training), the demand and shortage remains. Three reasons why.

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March 29, 2016

Germany Needs 200,000 RNs: How to Qualify

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz announced Germany's need for 200,000 - and the countrys preference for Filipino Nurses. Here's what you need to qualify.

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Updated March 24, 2016. Originally posted on March 16, 2016.

Australia’s Nationwide Shortage List: 8 Professions, 23 Skilled Occupations. Is your profession on it?

Australia’s Department of Employment (DOE) released a February 2016 list of occupations that employers find difficulty in recruiting locally. Check if you qualify to fill the gap!

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Updated March 24, 2016. Originally posted on March 21, 2016.

Jobs Direct and Migration Skills List for Australia

Qualified skilled workers, professionals and managers may apply directly with potential sponsoring employers in Australia. We have selected job sites where you can look for jobs that match your skills as well as State and Territory Sites for permanent migration thru nomination.

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March 23, 2016

U.S. New Rule Allows Longer Work Period for International Students

America is losing the battle for the hearts, minds and pockets of international students and the Department of Homeland Security has to move fast to save the sinking ship of the U.S. international education market.

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March 12, 2016

April's Full: U.S. and Canada Quotas

The first day of April is barely a month away, but don’t let the proximity fool you – if you are filing for a U.S. working visa (H-1B) or waiting for your immigrant visa schedule and interview. Beware of offers too good to be true. We have the official visa dates for April 2016, and even a look back from 10 years ago.

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March 11, 2016

IN THE HIGH STAKES CANADIAN RESIDENCY SELECTION SYSTEM, TO DRAW IS TO WIN

Three months into the second year of Express Entry, the minimum points required to be invited to apply for permanent residency to Canada had been cut in half. But that’s not the whole story

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Updated March 9, 2016. Originally posted on March 7, 2016.

935,000 Job Openings in BC, Canada

Check them out. British Columbia’s Ministry of Finance issued a call for qualified applicants to fill in 935,000 job openings on its 10-year Labour Market Outlook 2014- to 2024.

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on February 12, 2016.

VISA DATES MARCH ON - FROM 2006 TO 2016

If your priority date is NOT yet on CHART B, do not start obtaining documents in support of your immigrant visa application. You could end up paying twice to keep your documents current and qualify you for a visa interview. Dance on.

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on February 1, 2016.

Engineer Your Career and Residency Worldwide

Opportunities for engineers around the world never die, they just deconstruct. If you're a recently-licensed engineer in search of the best career pathway, where do you start?

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 29, 2016.

Best Countries to Study Abroad for Filipinos

In 2015, international students contributed more than $30.5 billion to the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce; a record $17.5 billion to the Australian economy for the 12 months to the end of March 2015; $8 to 10 billion to Canada and more billions of tuition fees to educational institutions in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. So, if you were to choose, what would be your reasons to spend your (or your parent’s) funds?

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 15, 2016.

Why Employers Cannot Fill Jobs for Skilled Workers

A recent report by Manpower Group (Talent Survey 2015) shows employers globally are experiencing difficulty in filling job vacancies despite the availability of skilled workers and professionals worldwide. Read the reasons why.

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 15, 2016.

Express Entry A Year After: An Insider's Job

The 25th Express Entry draw - and the previous 24 draws show that for those outside Canada getting invited to apply for permanent residency is a Mission Improbable.

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 14, 2016.

Top 10 Jobs Worldwide

Jobs that employers find hard to fill amidst the glut of skilled workers worldwide is a reminder of the Mariner's Rhyme - "Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink."

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 12, 2016.

Visa Bulletin Report February 2016

You may call us for the fastest moving, the crawling categories and how each classification moved from last month (January) and from February of last year.

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 8, 2016.

Migrants Going to the End of the Earth

If your love one pledges to follow you to the end of the Earth, he or she must be referring to New Zealand.

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 6, 2016.

Saskatchewan International Skilled Workers – Express Entry Reopens Yet Again!

It looks like people who currently have Express Entry applications to Saskatchewan didn't need to wait too long! Saskatchewan opened its Immigrant Nominee Program on January 5, 2016.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on December 23, 2015.

Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program to reopen On January 18

Planning to apply to Quebec in 2016? You may need more than just a key to unlock the migration opportunity offered by that province.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on December 18, 2015.

Visa Bulletin for January: Movement of Priority Dates Continues as Scheduled

With December Priority Date applicants processing their documents over the holidays, it’s time to think ahead and be prepared for our January Petition holders. US Priority date petitions have seen movement for the month of January from last month’s dates.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on December 18, 2015.

Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker Program: Get Ready for Next Year!

If you dilly-dallied on whether to apply for Canadian permanent residency through Saskatchewan's Express Entry program, you're just in time - for the next round of selection. Yes, this year's intake had been filled except for those with job offers.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on December 17, 2015.

Visa Thirst Quencher: Benefits of Waiting

For 2015 - 2016, Australia shall issue up to 190.000 permanent migration places available in 2015-16 including 128,550 Skill stream places; 57,400 Family stream places and 565 Special Eligibility stream places. At least 3,485 Child places will be available outside the managed Migration Programme. The wait may be from 8 months to 2 years.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on December 17, 2015.

Healthy Future Within Grasp: Predicting and Protecting Your Child's Well-being

The Philippines is believed to have an oversupply of competent and licensed healthcare workers. Yet, the country does not have a working healthcare system that takes care of the citizen's wellness. Canada has - especially for the children.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on December 10, 2015.

Visa Bulletin for January 2016

It is a Welcoming New Year (2016) for all Family-sponsored categories for the Philippines.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on December 1, 2015.

Is Canada Permanently One-Sided?

Unless you are in, you are out. Most of the candidates in the Express Entry Pool invited to apply for permanent residency were already in Canada.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on November 13, 2015.

Hot Dates This Cold Christmas Season

Have you warmed up yet to the new system of reporting by the Visa Office on the priority dates each month? Check what you have to bridge before your time to cross comes.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on November 8, 2015.

Will Express Entry Turn a New Leaf Under the Trudeau Government?

The 19th Express Entry draw raised the threshold from the lowest (450 during the 17th and 18th draw) to 489 in the latest selection.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on November 5, 2015.

Occupations in Demand in Ireland

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation changed Regulations expanding the list of occupations eligible of issuance of employment permits and after 5 years - permanent residency.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on November 2, 2015.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program Finally Opens on November 4, 2015

2 Filing Periods Starting November 4. Consider it a post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving treat from Quebec Immigration and Cultural Communities Minister Kathleen Weil.

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Updated December 1, 2015. Originally posted on June 4, 2018.

Prospective Marriage Visa including May 2018 Update

Know the updated requirements and the 4 steps to apply including requirements, payment and processing time.

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Updated December 1, 2015. Originally posted on May 25, 2018.

Skilled Migration Visas and Processing Times May 2018

The list of Skilled Visas and processing time for each category including the Temporary - Visas as of May 15, 2018. Processing time is updated monthly.

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Updated December 1, 2015. Originally posted on February 26, 2015.

Family Sponsorship

Canada encourages family reunification and offers several programs and opportunities to further this and sponsor family members to live in Canada.

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Updated December 1, 2015. Originally posted on February 26, 2015.

Student Visa for France

Foreign education and training are regulated by CampusFrance.org, the officially designated organization to assess and process applications for studying or training in France. Campus France is an agency created by the French Ministries of National Education and Foreign Affairs in 1998. It aims at promoting French Higher Education abroad and to facilitate and ensure the quality of foreign students’ studies in France.

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Updated December 1, 2015. Originally posted on February 26, 2015.

Permanent Visas

The US grants permanent residency to applicants qualified and eligible in the Family, Employment, Investment or Other Categories whether the applicant is in or outside the United States.

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Updated December 1, 2015. Originally posted on February 26, 2015.

Temporary Work in Australia

Get the official details on the responsibilities of Australian employers and rights of Foreign Workers n Australia

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Updated December 1, 2015. Originally posted on February 26, 2015.

Skilled Nominated Subclass 190

Australia is the only country (of the five nations with permanent migration programs) that allows direct application for nomination by a State or Territory - and get bonus points for being nominated.

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Updated December 1, 2015. Originally posted on February 26, 2015.

Skilled Temporary Work Subclass 457

Find out the requirements and obligations for applicants and sponsors in this popular temporary visa to Australia.

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Updated December 1, 2015. Originally posted on May 31, 2018.

UK Visas: From Short Time Visits to Settlement

UK is a leader of the European Union but is not a signatory to the Schengen Agreement allowing mobility and free travel within member European countries. Here are the transient to settlement options.

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Updated December 1, 2015. Originally posted on February 27, 2015.

Family Stream

If you have a close family member who is an Australia Citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand Citizen and they are willing and able to sponsor you, you might be eligible to migrate under the Family Stream.

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Updated December 1, 2015. Originally posted on February 26, 2015.

Business Visa

Looking at doing business in Australia? You can purchase an existing firm, establish an office and manage it, or migrate as a business owner or investor but you have to select the right visa option for you.

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Updated June 23, 2015. Originally posted on February 26, 2015.

Temporary Visas

With a few exceptions, all nonimmigrants (temporary visitors) to the United States are considered to be intending immigrants unless they can prove otherwise: The U.S. Embassy in Manila reports an 80% approval rate and therefore, a 20% rate of refusal for those applying for nonimmigrant/tourist visas.

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July 29, 2018

Study in Canada, July 2018

Current and upcoming changes for studying in Canada. We did the homework so you won't.

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October 10, 2015

Hurry Up, Ready, Get Set....Wait.

The dilemma of completing a process to be in the incomplete line.

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October 10, 2015

November 2015 Visa Bulletin with Twin Dates

Be ready to pay more to be documentarily qualified, an unintended consequence of this new reporting system of the State Department.

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October 8, 2015

18th Express Entry Draw Retains Lowest Points to Qualify for Canadian PR

1,530 applicants issued invitations to apply. Most of them already in Canada as international students or foreign workers.

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October 7, 2015

How to Get a U.S. Tourist Visa

Consuls at the U.S. Embassy in Manila discuss the myths and truths about applying for U.S. tourist visas. The annotated version is available here. The complete episode is available on YouTube.

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October 1, 2015

How 1965 Law Changed US

50 years after Philippines and Asians leading source of immigrants. Mexico's improved economy reduced Mexican immigration.

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September 30, 2015

Miscellaneous Provisions for Refusing Visa Applications

An alien abductor would be a subject of an A not an X-File.

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September 30, 2015

Overstaying and Previous Removal Basis for Visa Refusals

There are approximately 12-15 million illegal or undocumented immigrants in the U.S. including those who have overstayed their visas. Waiver is available but applying for one is better inside instead of outside the U.S.

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September 30, 2015

Citizenship issue as Basis for Visa Refusal

Like taxes, avoiding is punishable. Evading is.

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September 30, 2015

Lack of Documentation as Basis for Visa Refusal

A green card holder who has stayed outside the U.S. for more than 180 days or more could be considered as inadmissible. Permanent residents staying outside the U.S. for more than a year without a re-entry permit could be subjected to airport-to-airport proceedings.

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September 30, 2015

Illegal Entry and Immigration Violations as Basis for Visa Refusals

Deportation is different from Exclusion. One is deported after being admitted into the U.S. after inspection at a port of entry. Exclusion is not being allowed to enter the U.S. at a port of entry.

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September 30, 2015

Lack of Labor Certification and Qualifications as Basis for Visa Refusals

An RN for example must have passed not only the NCLEX but also have the VisaScreen Certificate.

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September 30, 2015

Public Charge as Basis for Visa Refusal

The petitioner must submit an Affidavit of Support - whether receiving little or no income at all - and get a joint sponsor to overcome this inadmissibility.

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September 30, 2015

National Security Reasons for Visa Refusal

Membership in or support of a terrorist organization is one of the most common reasons.

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September 30, 2015

Medical Issues as Basis for Visa Refusal

Waiver - or asking for consideration is available for certain applicants.

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September 30, 2015

Why Visa Applications Are Refused

Most common and serious reasons? Not disclosing previous visa applications or stay in the U.S.; petitioner's status; civil or marital status, admission of charges all of which could have been prevented or waived.

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September 30, 2015

2015 Quota for Saskatchewan Gone

6 Days after our posting, the 1,000 applicants in various occupations in demand had been reached. What can you do to be on the next round?

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September 27, 2015

Revised Poverty Guidelines for 2015: No Fish Stories Needed

Petitioners in the U.S. who are sponsoring their family members are required to submit a completed and signed Affidavit of Support - and report their latest , official tax returns not fish-wrap - to prove that the sponsored immigrants will not be receiving public benefits.

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September 26, 2015

State Department Revises October 2015 Visa Bulletin

The expanded version -After announcing the posting of two priority dates for each of the Family and Employment-based categories starting October this year, the State Department's Visa Office revised the next month's cut-off dates.

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September 24, 2015

Saskatchewan In-Demand Occupations

1,000 applications to be considered for nominations (for qualified candidates). But hurry! These slots usually get filled up fast especially for applicants who have already secured their language proficiency test and credential evaluation.

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September 23, 2015

How to Qualify for Saskatchewan's 1,000 In Demand Occupations

Today will be tomorrow's yesterday. Today will become history. Time will not wait. So will the 1,000 quota for Saskatchewan's Occupation in Demand leading to Permanent Residency for qualified applicants.

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September 23, 2015

Want to Get Away from Traffic, Tight Places and Limited Opportunities?

Saskatchewan is the place. Thousands of occupations in demand and opportunities to be in Canada's

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September 23, 2015

How Low Can You Go?

Limbo rock and roll comes to mind with Chubby Checker chuckling as candidates aim high to get the lowest threshold score for Canadian permanent residency.

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September 14, 2015

1,517 Canadian Residency Invitations Issued on 16th Draw

Did you make it to the 16th Express Entry Draw last September 8, 2015? If your answer is no, or not yet, find out when you could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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September 4, 2015

Visa Bulletin to Have Two Priority Dates Each Month

Proposed changes will favor those who are already in the U.S. - lawful or not.

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August 22, 2015

How to Win a Draw: Canada's Residency Program

Seven months after introducing Express Entry - the new selection system for permanent residency – the Canadian government still needs 266,050 qualified applicants go to meet its high target immigration levels of 285,000 economic migrants for 2015.

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August 15, 2015

Canada Needs 182,000 IT Workers by 2019

Find out what occupations are in high-demand and the steps you can take to get that job offer.

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July 20, 2015

Changes in UK's Tier 4 Protocol: Non-EU International Students Must Leave After Studies

Changes in Tier 4 Student Visa Processing Aimed at Decreasing Immigration Abuse.

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April 9, 2015

AUSTRALIA'S RESIDENCY PROGRAM - LATEST SKILLSELECT INVITATION ROUND

If you are a Boatbuilder or Sheet Metal Worker, Australia wants you badly. There are 17 other occupations that need to be filled up fast (less than 25 applciations in each occupation have been received.

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October 25, 2014

Have Faith, Will Study

Education is a great equalizer. In a country where the playing field is not level, getting up a career ladder and achieving your full potential is extremely difficult. Studying abroad evens the odds, regardless of your religious affiliation. Watch testimonials from Filipino students taking up courses in New Zealand with the Cornell Education Group.

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January 25, 2011

Petition Remains Alive Despite Death of Petitioner or Principal Applicant

Until October of 2009, if either the petitioner or principal applicant dies, the petition also dies. The result is the automatic revocation of the petition. While the US Congress enacted this provision, the Policy Memorandum from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services was only published December 16, 2010.

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