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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.

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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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 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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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 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.

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 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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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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