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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 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 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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August 13, 2018

How will the New Zealand Post-Study Work Visa Changes Affect You?

The changes take effect from 26 November 2018. Find out the length of time you can work after completing your studies under the new rules.

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July 29, 2018

Study in the UK, July 2018

Find out how to apply for a student visa to the UK after the Brexit vote and beyond.

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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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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 9, 2018

Au Pair Visas to UK - 2018

Which countries may participate in the Au Pair placement in the UK?

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May 22, 2018

U.S. Student Visas 2018 Update

Despite the rise of many study destinations, the United States still remains the top choice for international students. However, while there has been an overall increase, colleges reported decline in enrollment.

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May 15, 2018

Toronto College Assists Students with Careers, Jobs

Find out how to score Brownie points towards your career and migration pathway as an international student with George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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May 12, 2018

USCIS announces changes on overstaying rules for visa holders

Today the USCIS announced a new policy on how F1, J1 and M1 visa holders in the U.S. would be considered unlawful - and therefore deportable. The guidance will go into effect on August 9, 2018.

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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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March 2, 2018

Why Filipinos choose Canada over US to study

With a established and permanent program in place allowing international students to experience working and living in Canada while studying in preparation for a successful career or migration pathway. Filipinos have been moving North of America.

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February 9, 2018

Why Study in Canada: 4 Top Reasons

With affordable tuition fees, quality education, post-study work options and world renowned institutions, Canada is a leading destination for international students aspiring to study overseas.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on January 1, 2018.

Work while Studying in Australia as an International Student

As an international student in Australia, you can work part-time or full-time in some situations to complement what you learn in your classes.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on January 1, 2018.

English Language Requirement for Australian International Students

This page contains information on the language requirement for international students bound for Australia. Check if you are exempted from taking any Secure English Language Test.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on January 1, 2018.

Australia International Student Financial Capacity Requirements

You need to show proof that you have sufficient funds that are genuinely available to you to pay for your course fees and living costs when applying for an Australian student visa. You may need to provide specified documentary evidence of your financial capacity with your visa application.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on January 1, 2018.

Australian Student Visa Conditions Applicable to International Students

If you have been granted an Australian student visa, check the conditions stamped on these. Remember, you must comply with each of those or risk the cancellation of your visa.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on May 23, 2018.

Australia Student Visa (Subclass 500) 2018

As a popular destination of international students, Australia merged several student visa subclasses into one. With the simplified structure, apply for a Subclass 500 Visa if you want to study full-time in an education institution.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on March 27, 2016.

Learn about the Acceptable Sources of Funds BEFORE Applying for a Student Visa to Australia

If you are looking to study in Australia and your application is at Assessment Level 3, make sure you know what the acceptable sources of funds are to ensure your visa application is approvable.

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Updated January 19, 2018. Originally posted on January 15, 2018.

New Zealand Student Visa - Important Information

Get important information about the New Zealand Student Visa - Fee Paying Student.

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January 15, 2018

English Language Requirement to Study in New Zealand as an International Student

Are you planning to apply as an international student to New Zealand? You may be required to submit the result of an English language exam to prove that your level of English proficiency will meet the requirements for the program you are applying for.

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Updated January 3, 2018. Originally posted on January 4, 2018.

Australian Migration Options for International Students

You may have options once you have completed your Australian study program to work or apply for permanent residency in Australia.

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Updated December 31, 2017. Originally posted on January 1, 2018.

An Overview of CRICOS and VET Registration

Like all responsible hosts, the government of Australia does its best to ensure that international students enjoy a good quality of education.  Australian universities and colleges that accept international students therefore try to meet the requirements as explained in the National Code of Practice.  

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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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Updated December 19, 2017. Originally posted on October 28, 2016.

Why you should consider studying in Ireland

Benefit from the support of the Irish government to ensure the excellent quality of Ireland's higher education.

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Updated December 19, 2017. Originally posted on October 28, 2016.

Documents Required for an Irish Student Visa Application

If you want to launch a European career, why not start by taking further studies in Ireland to improve your credentials? Know what documents are needed to apply for an Irish student visa.

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July 3, 2017

Best, worst time to study in the U.S.?

More than a million foreign nationals ;pursue studies in the United States. The countries with the largest number of students studying at U.S. colleges in 2016 were: China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Colleges and universities are hoping the travel ban will not affect the U.S.' attractiveness to international students.

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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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July 3, 2017

English required for issuance of Australian Study Visas

Borders.gov of Australia, the official website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection emphasizes that the DIBP "retains the discretion" to determine the language proficiency of international students.

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July 3, 2017

British-speak for students. How English are you?

Okay, our title might confuse non-English speakers, but there is a certain way British English is spoken. And when applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa, English proficiency is an immigration requirement.

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July 3, 2017

English requirement for studying in Ireland

Like the United Kingdom, the English proficiency of a student visa applicant is required under the immigration rules of Ireland. Specific English language requirements, however, apply to the academic programs an international student intends to enroll in.

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June 30, 2017

How to Process your Canada Study Permit in 30 days

Before you dive into the migration waters, check which stream you need to choose. In the case of students it is the Study Direct Stream. Find the whys and how.

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Updated June 10, 2017. Originally posted on February 9, 2017.

English Exam Requirement for Some New Zealand International Students

Students from the Philippines, India, and other countries with an approval rate of less than 80% for student visa application, will have to sit for an English language proficiency exam.

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June 7, 2017

Study in Ireland, Work in Europe: Ireland's National Framework of Qualifications

Do you want to work around Europe? With Ireland's National Framework of Qualifications system, the knowledge, skill and competence per qualification and education level are clearly defined. This allows other countries to see how Ireland's qualifications fit in with theirs, making it easier for employers to pinpoint your skills sets and competence.

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Updated June 6, 2017. Originally posted on January 13, 2015.

10 Reasons to Study in New Zealand

Beautiful New Zealand is not only one of the best places in the world to live in but has become a favorite destination for international students.

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Updated February 23, 2017. Originally posted on July 19, 2018.

Philippine Colleges, Universities Recognized by New Zealand, July 2018

If you are a graduate in any of the colleges and universities on this list, you may save time and money by not having to undergo an individual assessment from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

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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 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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July 29, 2018

Study in Canada, July 2018

Current and upcoming changes for studying in Canada. We did the homework so you won't.

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October 25, 2014

Have Faith, Will Study

Education is a great equalizer. In a country where the playing field is not level, getting up a career ladder and achieving your full potential is extremely difficult. Studying abroad evens the odds, regardless of your religious affiliation. Watch testimonials from Filipino students taking up courses in New Zealand with the Cornell Education Group.

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