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.
President Donald Trump and the Republican party have vowed to get rid of illegal immigrants, reduce legal migration in half, and stop the chain migration cycle. Recent events in August 2019 have already given further impetus to this administration's immigration thrust.
This is the story of an undocumented alien who fits the profile of a prospective government dependent. While she may have had some relief in the past 9 years ago, the new public rule will render her inadmissible and ineligible to change her immigration status in the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a final Public Charge rule on August 14, 2019, in the Federal Register for would-be immigration applicants. The rule covers why and how a green card applicant’s use of public benefits may result in the denial of an immigrant visa or adjustment of status application. It takes effect on October 13, 2019.
Changes in points assignment for principal and secondary applicant . If you're up to it, we have included the link to the official Legislative Instrument
As early as June 30, 2019, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will close its international offices to "maximize use of resources and reduce backlogs." See how the changes affect you.
In November 2018, there were 314,299 applicants from the Philippines waiting for their immigrant visas in the various Family-sponsored categories. How many immigrant visas are actually issued every month at the U.S. Embassy in Manila?
U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees are most affected. Check which services are likely to be eliminated or taken over by the State Department
See how processing times moved, improved or otherwise and have a clear idea of how long you may have to wait for specific petitions and applications filed with the USCIS.
Until the combined Houses of Congress come up with a spending bill that U.S. President Donald Trump will sign, there is a wall of uncertainty. Fear not, we have obtained a plan of action.
With 6 million petitions and applications received every year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services transfer cases when a particular office simply cannot cope with the workload. A transfer is then made. Check if your case is among those affected.
Despite the 14th Amendment guaranteeing birthright citizenship, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party peddle fish stories to the consciously gullible
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.
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.
Redefinition of public charge and public benefits could cause refusals of applications for immigrant visas and permanent residency outside and inside the U.S.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
"Have money will travel" : This might as well be the motto for parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents. Find out how.
As a parting Christmas gift to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents, IRCC will be accepting 10,000 parent/grandparent sponsorship applications in 2018 .
Immigrants are better off filing petitions now before getting another year older (and therefore less points) - especially for parents of U.S. Citizens - while improving one's English proficiency, obtaining a higher education or qualification.
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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