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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.

USCIS to increase fees but processing wait period longer

The last increase was almost 3 years ago. But the additional fees apparently only resulted in additional waiting times.

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The Statue of Liberty: Rewriting History

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.

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How the U.S. Final Public Charge Rule May Affect an Application for Immigration

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.

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An Overview of the US Final Public Charge Rule

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.

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Changing faces of migrants to Australia by November 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

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Abandonment of Green Card and international offices of the USCIS

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.

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How many Filipinos are waiting for immigrant visas?

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?

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USCIS closing international offices: what services may be cut

U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees are most affected. Check which services are likely to be eliminated or taken over by the State Department

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Processing Times, All USCIS Offices (2015-2018

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.

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Updated December 22, 2018. Originally posted on December 24, 2018.

How the government shutdown affects your visas and travel plans

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.

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December 22, 2018

USCIS Case Transfer Update Dec. 22, 2018

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.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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