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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.

Visa Bulletin February 2020

Two to three month-movement for the Family-based categories. F2A remains current. But wait! Check how long your petition will be processed by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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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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Visa Bulletin May 2019 - and how babies may or may not be able to migrate

In case you have missed our Live broadcast of the Visa Bulletin for May and the discussion other migration and visa updates in other countries, here's another chance.

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Visa Bulletin May 2019

In case you have missed our Live broadcast of the Visa Bulletin for May and the discussion other migration and visa updates in other countries, here's another chance.

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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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