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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.

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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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