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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.

Updated November 9, 2018. Originally posted on July 19, 2018.

How to Qualify Under the Express Entry System: Monitoring the 2018 CRS Cut-off

Add to your CRS points to be one of thousands of candidates invited to apply for permanent residency and be among the million immigrants under Canada's Immigration Plan for 2018-2020.

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October 10, 2018

How to get a genuine job offer and stay - in Canada

Before you send payment to a job offer you received by email from a "Canadian employer" know the steps to determine if this is a scam, or genuine employment.

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September 22, 2018

Saskatchewan Occupations in Demand September 2018

Unlike the previous lists, candidates whose occupations are considered in demand in Saskatchewan now will be selected based on points scored, instead of first come-first served.

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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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September 11, 2018

How to improve your CRS Score in Canada's Express Entry for 2019

Unless the Canadian government fine tunes Express Entry this year, here are the tips you need to improve your ranking in Canada's Skilled Migrant selection system.

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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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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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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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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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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 9, 2018

Express Entry and Federal Skilled Worker Basics 2018

When the program started, how candidates are selected, what changes were introduced since January 2015 and how to qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

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June 9, 2018

Express Entry and Federal Skilled Worker Basics, 2018

How a skilled worker from overseas may qualify as a permanent resident: history of the selection system, how the criteria changed up to the present.

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Updated June 7, 2018. Originally posted on June 4, 2018.

Lowest and Latest Express Entry CRS Cut-Off both occurred in May

The results of the May 30 Express Entry draw focused on Provincial Nominees and Skilled Trades applicants.

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June 2, 2018

Where US jobs are and how to get them - 2018

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected an increase of 11 .5 million jobs over the 2016-2026 decade. The unemployment rate in the U.S. has gone down to 4.1% and America has more jobs than workers. The basic question: how to get there.

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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 29, 2018

Truck driver shortage in U.S. pushes salary up to $80,000

Commercial drivers are in demand. Be sure to check if you could meet the requirements of a commercial driver in the State where you either have a potential employer or referral from family, friend, or workmate. Read below for more details.

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May 28, 2018

Who may sponsor Temporary Workers to the UK - 2018

Whether Skilled or Temporary Worker, a non-Economic European Area (EEA) National must have a verified job offer from an employer listed in UK's Tier 2 Registry

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May 28, 2018

Immigration News from New Zealand May - June 2018

We are bringing you the latest immigration headlines from New Zealand to keep you aware of what’ available or not and avoid being victims of job and migration scams.

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May 24, 2018

Provincial Nomination Basics: How to Apply - 2018

How PNP started and applying now either through paper-based processing or Express Entry.

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May 22, 2018

Canada's Provincial Nomination Programs Updated - 2018

Which province would be your match? Under what stream or category could you qualify? When should you submit your application?

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May 1, 2018

Work to Residency Pathways for Foreign Students in Canada and the U.S.

Study your options because while you wait, you add years to your age which reduces the points and preference to pursue permanent work and residency.

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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 27, 2018

How to be invited to apply for Permanent Residency to Canada through Express Entry

Compare your age, education, qualifications, English proficiency, work experience and marital status to an applicant who could be issued an invitation to apply for permanent residency.

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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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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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March 7, 2018

Workers Canada want locally and from overseas

A Canadian employer is required to hire locally and only when there are no available Canadians or residents for the job could they recruit from overseas. The top 10 in-demand occupations locally and 11 occupations from overseas are shown here.

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February 11, 2018

Which Canadian provinces are actively recruiting immigrants?

Discover which Canadian provinces are aggressively competing for applicants to nominate as permanent residents.

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January 22, 2018

What Visa Petitions and Applications will be Affected by the U.S. Government Shutdown

January 22, 2018 is the first working day and the date that would experience the first significant impact of the government shutdown. Will your petition, application, interview dates be affected?

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Updated December 17, 2017. Originally posted on May 26, 2018.

Primer for Foreign RNs intending to Practice in the U.S. - 2018

Could an Internationally-educated, licensed RN qualify for a work visa? If applying for an immigrant visa, how long would be the wait? Are the procedures the same or different for both visas?

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Updated December 13, 2017. Originally posted on May 26, 2018.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Renewal 2018

Manitoba’s Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart announced the renewal of the program, “restructuring its economic immigration program to provide new pathways to permanent residence for international students and entrepreneurs.”

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December 4, 2017

RN Guide to U.S. Work or Immigrant Visa, 2017

How may you assure yourself of getting the specific work or immigrant visa to the U.S.? Read the official and comprehensive procedures.

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December 3, 2017

Convert your IELTS band to CLB points

Candidates for Canadian immigration are mainly required to demonstrate a minimum language ability to ensure they can adapt to life in Canada. 

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Updated December 3, 2017. Originally posted on May 23, 2018.

Manitoba In-Demand Occupations List November 2018

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program selects internationally trained and experienced workers who have skills needed by Manitoba employers. Check if your occupation is on this year's In-Demand Occupations List.

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Updated December 1, 2017. Originally posted on November 27, 2017.

Update on Manitoba's Nomination Program for 2018

Manitoba Renewal of nomination system starts January 2018. See how it will impact those applying for or are already in Manitoba as students and temporary workers.

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Updated November 10, 2017. Originally posted on November 2, 2017.

Guide to Practicing as RN in Canada

Want to save time checking out the specific and latest information on how to practice - and subsequently become a permanent resident - in Canada? Have a pleasurable and rewarding reading.

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November 10, 2017

Recent Changes to Express Entry

Good French skills and having siblings get you extra points and now, tie-breaker for candidates with the same score.

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November 8, 2017

International Registration as Nurse in New Zealand 2017

Before you can put on a Nursing Cap in New Zealand, you must pass the CAP - Competency Assessment Programme as part of your registration as an International Nurse in NZ.

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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 5, 2017

Ontario Wants ICT Professionals, Workers for Permanent Residency

Ontario has released the list of occupations in the ICT field - professionals and skilled workers who get best chance of being selected from the Express Entry Candidate Pool.

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July 3, 2017

Language Requirements for Canada Temporary Visa and Permanent Residence Requirements

Check the equivalent scores for the various official English exams recognized by the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada - shared with the immigrant community as part of Immigrant Visa Center Inc. advocacy.

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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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June 13, 2017

Express Entry and the Comprehensive Ranking System

Applicants using the Express Entry system will be awarded points based on age, work experience, education, language test and family members who are Canadian Citizens and permanent residents.

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Updated June 13, 2017. Originally posted on September 12, 2016.

Canada Express Entry: An Overview

To accomplish the goal of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or IRCC to process qualified and complete applications in six months or less, the Government of Canada created and implemented an integrated, online management system for their economic immigration programs. This is the Express Entry System.

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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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Updated December 6, 2016. Originally posted on August 1, 2018.

Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada as of 2nd August 2018

New! Alberta has created the Alberta Opportunity Stream; Saskatchewan has replaced the first-come, first selected basis for applicants meeting the occupations in demand requirements - and more. See the updates as of August 2, 2018.

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Updated December 6, 2016. Originally posted on May 23, 2018.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program 2018

Ontario describes itself as “the most multicultural province in Canada, where half of all new immigrants make their home.” Starting January 18, 2018, the federal government increased OINP's allocation by 600 nominations to a total of 6,600.

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Updated September 12, 2016. Originally posted on August 2, 2018.

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) August 2018

With a population of less than 760,000 and low cost of living, the Province of New Brunswick may afford new opportunities for new immigrants.

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Updated August 25, 2016. Originally posted on June 9, 2018.

Express Entry and Federal Skilled Worker Program 2018

Like many countries with skilled migration categories, Canada selects permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and contribute positively to their economy. Permanent residents may live, work and study in Canada permanently and enjoy the additional benefits of access to government-subsidized education, healthcare and the insurance and pension benefits if employed. And as a permanent resident, you may enjoy an opportunity to sponsor eligible family members to join you in Canada.

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Updated August 25, 2016. Originally posted on June 3, 2018.

Canadian Experience Class Update 2018

If you have worked in Canada as a temporary foreign worker or on a postgraduate work permit, you might be eligible to apply for permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class (or CEC).

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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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