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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.

New H-1B proposed rule seen as incentive to take up US studies

The H-1B visa lottery as we know it is no more. Instead, the new rule is a preference or priority selection system that gives applicants with Masters or advanced degrees the edge.

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November 14, 2018

Visa Bulletin December 2018

Check how the priority dates moved from last month, November 2018, from December last year and 5 years ago.

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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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 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 11, 2018

How to Track Your Priority Date and Get Your Visa Interview Schedule

If you have waited years for your visa interview, it would be sad to have your visa petition cancelled simply because you were not able to get your visa interview date on time.

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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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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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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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April 1, 2018

U.S. visa applicants need to provide social media info

Failure or inability to include five years of online presence including identities and other identifiers such as aliases or passwords could be basis for visa refusal.

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March 27, 2018

USCIS Immigration Updates, March-April 2018

We are sharing the latest announcements direct from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for the benefit of our readers and the viewing immigrant public.

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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 14, 2018

Vlsa Bulletin April 2018 - Secretary of State fired, hired

What effect will the change of Secretary have on visa allocation and issuance? Visa allocation, none. Issuance is another matter.

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February 13, 2018

Visa Bulletin March 2018

For visa applicants whose petitioners are elderly or in advanced age, the Filing Date chart should be monitored closely. Knowing when you can start processing is crucial especially if the petitioner's health and well being is compromised or the petitioner wants to return to the Philippines.

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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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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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Updated January 14, 2018. Originally posted on June 3, 2018.

U.S. Exchange Visitor Visa: 2018 Update

Learn the J-1 visa basics, how the program works, who may apply, what you can and cannot do while in the U.S.

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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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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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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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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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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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September 19, 2017

Immigrants Help Midwest Cities Survive

Voters in the Rust Belt States helped get Donald Trump to the White House, largely because of claims that immigrants are draining the U.S. economy, taking away jobs and using benefits they are not entitled to. This Global Cities Report show otherwise.

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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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Updated July 18, 2017. Originally posted on August 3, 2017.

15,000 U.S. visas for foreign workers in response to American business requests

With American businesses facing closure or significant losses for shortage of American workers applying for temporary, seasonal or one-time occurrence jobs, the Department of Homeland Security has authorized the issuance of additional 15,000 H-2B visas for foreign workers in addition to the existing 66,000 authorized by Congress.

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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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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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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 30, 2017

DHS-USCIS Q&A on Admission before Supreme Court Ruling on travel ban

The State Department clarified which visas and visa holders could be affected by the Supreme Court ruling. The Department of Homeland Security still has to update its own guidelines. The March 2017 Frequently Asked Questions meanwhile - shown below - is a good indication of how implementation would be.

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Updated May 19, 2017. Originally posted on May 16, 2017.

June 2017 Visa Bulletin: how many millions are waiting?

The U.S. State Department's list of immigrant visa applicants for November 2016 and two years before that show immigrant visa applicants from the Philippines had been declining. What could be the reasons why?

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May 18, 2017

Working in the U.S.

How to apply for temporary or permanent employment in the United States of America.

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April 23, 2017

Visa Bulletin for May 2017 and how many are waiting for immigrant visas since 2010

Why does it take so long for an immigrant visa to be issued? How many others are you competing with? We look at the official figures from the Department of State.

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March 24, 2017

How to Appeal a U.S. visa refusal

A U.S. consul may only refuse your visa application. The consular officers cannot revoke the visa petition in the case of study or work visas. The appeal or request for reconsideration may only be submitted to the agency that approved the petition - in this case the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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March 24, 2017

How to apply for a U.S. Visit Visa - Successfully

With orders from President Trump to increase and expand the scrutiny of U.S. visa applicants, knowing how to successfully navigate the U.S. Embassy visa application process is crucial. Bon voyage!

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March 11, 2017

Visa Issuance under Trump - April 2017

During the campaign period for presidency, Donald Trump said he wanted to clean up America's visa mess and return the legal immigrant visa numbers to the previous 400,000 level as opposed to the one million permanent resident cards the U.S. issues every year. That is good. Will the future years be?

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Updated March 6, 2017. Originally posted on February 15, 2017.

Options to Work while Studying in the U.S.

The United States differs from Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and Australia in that the U.S. government imposes restrictions on part-time work that international students are allowed to do.

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Updated March 6, 2017. Originally posted on February 18, 2017.

How to apply for work authorization in the US as an international student

You may want to work while studying for various reasons ranging from severe economic hardship to an intense desire for additional training to help launch your career.

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Updated March 6, 2017. Originally posted on March 4, 2017.

USCIS suspends premium processing for U.S. H-1B Work Visas: it's like closing the Golden Gate to traffic

With this suspension, ALL H-1B petitions, regardless if cap-exempt or not - will not be evaluated or decided on within 15 calendar days.

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Updated February 26, 2017. Originally posted on February 13, 2017.

7 Top FAQ Topics about a US Student Visa Application

These FAQs are for you whether you are still at the decision stage or completing your application for a U.S. student visa. This article deals with 7 main areas of concerns including the application process to finance-related questions and inadmissibility factors.

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Updated February 25, 2017. Originally posted on February 14, 2017.

6 Top FAQ Topics about the Standard Optional Practical Training

Are you planning to study in the USA but have questions about the U.S. Standard Optional Practical Training program?  Read on to learn how you can stay back in the country up to 12 months post course completion.

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February 18, 2017

Important Milestones for a U.S. Student Visa Application

Learn about your timeline for admission to the United States and when to depart after completing your course!

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Updated February 18, 2017. Originally posted on February 13, 2017.

Documents Needed to Apply for a U.S. Student Visa

Even if you are accepted by a school, college or university in the United States  and have been issued a Form I-20, you will still have to apply for your student visa at a U.S. Consular Post in your home country.

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Updated February 18, 2017. Originally posted on February 14, 2017.

U.S. Optional Practical Training: Important Information

Use the Optional Practical Training program to lay the foundation to a successful career. Remain in the United States for 12 months after graduation!

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Updated February 18, 2017. Originally posted on February 14, 2017.

U.S. STEM Programs

International students in the United States who graduate from certain programs in the sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics, and related fields may have more opportunities to stay on in the country for additional training to jumpstart their career.

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Updated February 15, 2017. Originally posted on December 5, 2016.

Work while Studying in the US

It's not that easy to work while studying in the United States as the government has placed restrictions on work done by international students.

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February 14, 2017

OPT STEM 24-Month Extension: Important Information

On May 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security implemented a new extension for graduates of some eligible programs. Remain in the USA for a total of 36 months with the OPT STEM 24-Month Extension.

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February 14, 2017

U.S. Curricular Practical Training: Important Information

You can now gain valuable work experience while studying in the United States if your program incorporates practical training in its curriculum.

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February 9, 2017

Visa Bulletin for March 2017 and 5 years earlier

Yes, the visa allocation for this month – and for the remainder of the year – would still remain the same, despite the threat of President Donald Trump to bring down immigrant visa numbers to its historical figures – 400,000. Check whether you should have received your interview schedule for next month.

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January 29, 2017

10 Things You Need to Know on Traveling to the U.S. after Order Banning Refugees, Visa Holders and Immigrants- Updated

Instead of challenging the 9th Circuit Court suspending the Muslim ban, President Trump orders the Department of Homeland Security to expand the existing rules on express deportation of the undocumented in the U.S. and those with suspicious documents or demeanor at ports of entries

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January 11, 2017

Visa Bulletin February 2017 and from four years back

Check how the visa dates for your specific category - Family-sponsored or Employment-based - have moved in the last five years. This would give you an idea of when you should start preparing documents, or prepare for the interview or prepare for another five-year wait.

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January 8, 2017

Top Migration Destinations for 2017

2016 was not migrant-friendly. Fear of immigrants occupying space and taking away jobs from a host country's citizens and legal residents saw migration in the spotlight- then turning into a bulls-eye. So, where to migrate in 2017 temporary or otherwise?

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December 30, 2016

10 Fastest Growing Jobs in the U.S. and how to compete

If you have a college degree in health, sciences and finance– and, if your degree is considered  equivalent to the U.S. counterpart – 8 of the 10 fastest growing jobs for college graduates in the U.S. are in the health are in these fields, however...

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December 29, 2016

Green Card for a Widow/Widower of a U.S. Citizen

Is a visa petition by a U.S. citizen for a spouse - like love - forever, living on even after death?

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December 28, 2016

More New Forms for U.S. Petitions, Applications. Previous Editions Will Not Be Accepted

Submitting an old or previous edition of a form could result in unnecessary delay or even refusal. Check the newest edition, below.

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December 21, 2016

How to Apply for Visas at Embassies under President Donald Trump

Will the current rules on visa applications change in the next 6 months? Not likely. But do not hold your breath for the remainder of next year.

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December 13, 2016

Visa Bulletin January 2017 vs. January 2015

If you feel that waiting for your visa interview date is like going through the eye of a needle, and you either have to shrink in size or get a giant size needle to know how long your wait would be, we have the answer: the Visa Bulletin movement for two years is here.

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Updated December 5, 2016. Originally posted on November 24, 2016.

U.S. Petition, Application Fees Increase by Dec. 23, 2016

Two days before Christmas and fees for filing petitions as well as applications for U.S. benefits go up. And Donald Trump is not yet officially the President.

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Updated December 5, 2016. Originally posted on November 1, 2016.

Visa Laws under President Trump

Will the Visa Bulletin processing dates change for the better - or worse? Check December 2016 visa bulletin and the rest of the story.

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Updated November 24, 2016. Originally posted on December 15, 2015.

Which Visa Bulletin Cut-off Date Should be Used

The Visa Bulletin Cut-off Date has become more complicated since October 2015. Get to know which cut-off date applies to your immigrant visa petition.

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Updated October 26, 2016. Originally posted on October 19, 2016.

Still, 8 Great Tips for Visa Approval

With 10 to 12 million Filipinos overseas – half of them as permanent residents – it’s no wonder there are tens of thousands of tourist, work, student and immigrant visas. Why are there many refused admission at ports of entry even as they hold valid visas?

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Updated October 16, 2016. Originally posted on October 13, 2016.

Charting your visa future: Visa Bulletin October and November 2016

Commuters in traffic-challenged cities around the world chart their routes through Waze™ and find so many routes to travel.  Unlike that popular app though, there is no reliable visa-priority-date/traffic charter because no one can predict what may happen to other countries and the U.S. And remember, political and economic developments in and outside the U.S. affect the availability of visa numbers.

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September 25, 2016

U.S. Petition, Application fees increase by October 2016

In a few weeks from now, filing a petition for your spouse, child, parent - even a fiancee wil cost more, including the fee for issuance of your green card which is paid with an immigrant visa application.

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September 18, 2016

Tracking Your Visa in the Forest of Petitions

If you get married and kept it secret, will it affect your petition and visa application even if you marry a second time and make this marriage known instead of the first?

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September 9, 2016

Visa Bulletin, September & October 2016

Thirsty for news for next month? As a public service to our Friends, Viewers and Clients, we are publishing the Final and Filing Dates for September and October this year.

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September 6, 2016

Legalization Options for 11 Million TNTs in the US

A Hillary Clinton administration may be immigrant-friendly, but if Donald ducks and dodges defeat as the U.S. Presidential candidate of the Republican Party, then illegal immigrants need to know their options.

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Updated August 20, 2016. Originally posted on August 15, 2016.

A Valid Visa Does Not Guarantee Entry to the US

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are authorized to conduct random checks and interview arriving passengers all of whom should have valid visas. If the answers to the questions are not be consistent with those given during the visa interview, that could spell trouble.

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Updated August 16, 2016. Originally posted on August 15, 2016.

The seasons make the clothes

We're taking a break from more serious immigration matters at the moment to take a look at one of the more trivial (but nevertheless important important!) aspects of traveling overseas: clothes.

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Updated August 15, 2016. Originally posted on August 9, 2016.

Bridging the Enrollment to Employment Gap

An average of 500,000 students in the Philippines graduate from a four-year degree program every year. They were the ones who were able to cross the enrollment to commencement bridge. The next bridge, commencement to employment (local or overseas), can be a little tricky or rickety depending on when you get to it.

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Updated August 12, 2016. Originally posted on August 11, 2016.

Graduate: Glad to wait?

1.2 Million college and technical education students graduate every year. Almost the same number of applicants in 3,686 job fairs conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment. Only 30% got hired.

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Updated August 9, 2016. Originally posted on July 14, 2016.

AUGUST Visa Bulletin: 10 YEARS and many months ago

For the sons and daughters of petitioners who obtained their U.S. citizenship through military service in the U.S. during World War II, you can apply to be with the Petitioner now instead of waiting for years under the Advance Parole program of President Barack Obama.

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Updated August 9, 2016. Originally posted on July 26, 2016.

Scholarships for International Students at Saginaw Valley State University

Obtaining a US degree has never been this affordable.

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Updated July 13, 2016. Originally posted on July 8, 2016.

U.S. RuNning out of RNs, but not RuNning after Nurses Overseas. Why?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics warns that less than 3 year from now, the U.S would be needing an additional 1.2 million RNs to meet the demands of the workforce and the $2.9 trillion healthcare industry. Yet, there has been no action to actively recruit nurses from overseas.

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Updated July 2, 2016. Originally posted on April 13, 2016.

Visa Bulletin MAY 2016 : What You See is NOT What You Get

If only your eyes have hands, maybe they will try to move the priority dates faster. Since that is not the case, you may cast your glance to other options if your wait would be at least another 10 years.

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Updated June 11, 2016. Originally posted on June 9, 2016.

Family Members of FilAm Vets May Now Apply: Rules Just Published

The detailed instructions are shown as part of our advocacy program. If you need additional information or assistance, please call 02-634-8717 or call text 0917-529-8472 or email us your concern or case at chiefvisaofficer@visacenter.org. You may also watch the USCIS Video of USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez.

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June 10, 2016

July 2016 Visa Bulletin and Advance Parole

Next month's cut-off dates from the State Department came out a day after the rules for Advance Parole processing were published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. How are these dates and rules related?

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Updated June 7, 2016. Originally posted on February 2, 2016.

How to Get Available Appointment Dates for June, July August 2016

New procedures in place. Do not be on time. Be early! Use your money. Not Uncle Sam's1 Register to Receive. Do not be in line. Be online! Do not be copy. Be original.

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Updated May 23, 2016. Originally posted on May 16, 2016.

US International Students: Stay up to 36 Months on a 24-Month STEM Extension for OPT

As long as you are an eligible US international student, you can work for 12 months under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program. But if you graduate from specific academic programs, you may qualify for a 24-month STEM extension on your OPT, extending your stay in the US for 36 months.

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May 10, 2016

Children of Filipino Veterans May Join Parents in a Year or less

Instead of waiting 15 to 25 years under the F1 or F3 category, qualified applicants may now apply to join the petitioner parent (World War II Veteran) with their minor children.

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May 10, 2016

Visa Bulletin June 2016: Final Dates From June 2011. Cupid's Arrow Beats Nuclear Family Relationships

What factors have affected the ebb and flow of visa movement the last five years? Amidst the ethnic conflicts, threats of nuclear war the 60's maxim of "Make Love Not War" seems to be the best solution.

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May 10, 2016

U.S. Filing Fee to Increase July 2016

Get ready to pay more to sponsor your spouse, children, parents, brothers, sisters as well as workers being sponsored on temporary or permanent basis.

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April 30, 2016

Help on the Way. Visa Questions Answered Live, On Air - DWIZ

So, it's the weekend and you have a visa or migration question. Get the specific and detailed answer you need - FREE. Just Pay attention.

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Updated April 12, 2016. Originally posted on April 7, 2016.

10 Tips to Determine if US. Job Offer is Genuine

Beware of job offers through the internet. Do not get caught in the web of scams. U.S. employers intending to recruit foreign workers must comply with U.S. labor and immigration laws. A simple "job offer" direct to the applicant is not enough.

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April 10, 2016

Applying for U.S. Work Visas for 2017 and beyond

The 65,000 H-1B visas and 66,000 H-2B visas could face drastic changes, or at least stringent requirements if the incoming Trump administration makes good on its campaign promises to prioritize U.S. citizens and workers.

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March 23, 2016

U.S. New Rule Allows Longer Work Period for International Students

America is losing the battle for the hearts, minds and pockets of international students and the Department of Homeland Security has to move fast to save the sinking ship of the U.S. international education market.

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March 12, 2016

April's Full: U.S. and Canada Quotas

The first day of April is barely a month away, but don’t let the proximity fool you – if you are filing for a U.S. working visa (H-1B) or waiting for your immigrant visa schedule and interview. Beware of offers too good to be true. We have the official visa dates for April 2016, and even a look back from 10 years ago.

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on February 12, 2016.

VISA DATES MARCH ON - FROM 2006 TO 2016

If your priority date is NOT yet on CHART B, do not start obtaining documents in support of your immigrant visa application. You could end up paying twice to keep your documents current and qualify you for a visa interview. Dance on.

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 29, 2016.

Best Countries to Study Abroad for Filipinos

In 2015, international students contributed more than $30.5 billion to the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce; a record $17.5 billion to the Australian economy for the 12 months to the end of March 2015; $8 to 10 billion to Canada and more billions of tuition fees to educational institutions in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. So, if you were to choose, what would be your reasons to spend your (or your parent’s) funds?

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 15, 2016.

Why Employers Cannot Fill Jobs for Skilled Workers

A recent report by Manpower Group (Talent Survey 2015) shows employers globally are experiencing difficulty in filling job vacancies despite the availability of skilled workers and professionals worldwide. Read the reasons why.

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 14, 2016.

Top 10 Jobs Worldwide

Jobs that employers find hard to fill amidst the glut of skilled workers worldwide is a reminder of the Mariner's Rhyme - "Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink."

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on January 12, 2016.

Visa Bulletin Report February 2016

You may call us for the fastest moving, the crawling categories and how each classification moved from last month (January) and from February of last year.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on December 18, 2015.

Visa Bulletin for January: Movement of Priority Dates Continues as Scheduled

With December Priority Date applicants processing their documents over the holidays, it’s time to think ahead and be prepared for our January Petition holders. US Priority date petitions have seen movement for the month of January from last month’s dates.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on December 10, 2015.

Visa Bulletin for January 2016

It is a Welcoming New Year (2016) for all Family-sponsored categories for the Philippines.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on November 13, 2015.

Hot Dates This Cold Christmas Season

Have you warmed up yet to the new system of reporting by the Visa Office on the priority dates each month? Check what you have to bridge before your time to cross comes.

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Updated December 1, 2015. Originally posted on February 26, 2015.

Permanent Visas

The US grants permanent residency to applicants qualified and eligible in the Family, Employment, Investment or Other Categories whether the applicant is in or outside the United States.

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Updated June 23, 2015. Originally posted on February 26, 2015.

Temporary Visas

With a few exceptions, all nonimmigrants (temporary visitors) to the United States are considered to be intending immigrants unless they can prove otherwise: The U.S. Embassy in Manila reports an 80% approval rate and therefore, a 20% rate of refusal for those applying for nonimmigrant/tourist visas.

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October 10, 2015

Hurry Up, Ready, Get Set....Wait.

The dilemma of completing a process to be in the incomplete line.

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October 10, 2015

November 2015 Visa Bulletin with Twin Dates

Be ready to pay more to be documentarily qualified, an unintended consequence of this new reporting system of the State Department.

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October 7, 2015

How to Get a U.S. Tourist Visa

Consuls at the U.S. Embassy in Manila discuss the myths and truths about applying for U.S. tourist visas. The annotated version is available here. The complete episode is available on YouTube.

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October 1, 2015

How 1965 Law Changed US

50 years after Philippines and Asians leading source of immigrants. Mexico's improved economy reduced Mexican immigration.

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September 30, 2015

Miscellaneous Provisions for Refusing Visa Applications

An alien abductor would be a subject of an A not an X-File.

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September 30, 2015

Overstaying and Previous Removal Basis for Visa Refusals

There are approximately 12-15 million illegal or undocumented immigrants in the U.S. including those who have overstayed their visas. Waiver is available but applying for one is better inside instead of outside the U.S.

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September 30, 2015

Citizenship issue as Basis for Visa Refusal

Like taxes, avoiding is punishable. Evading is.

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September 30, 2015

Lack of Documentation as Basis for Visa Refusal

A green card holder who has stayed outside the U.S. for more than 180 days or more could be considered as inadmissible. Permanent residents staying outside the U.S. for more than a year without a re-entry permit could be subjected to airport-to-airport proceedings.

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September 30, 2015

Illegal Entry and Immigration Violations as Basis for Visa Refusals

Deportation is different from Exclusion. One is deported after being admitted into the U.S. after inspection at a port of entry. Exclusion is not being allowed to enter the U.S. at a port of entry.

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September 30, 2015

Lack of Labor Certification and Qualifications as Basis for Visa Refusals

An RN for example must have passed not only the NCLEX but also have the VisaScreen Certificate.

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September 30, 2015

Public Charge as Basis for Visa Refusal

The petitioner must submit an Affidavit of Support - whether receiving little or no income at all - and get a joint sponsor to overcome this inadmissibility.

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September 30, 2015

National Security Reasons for Visa Refusal

Membership in or support of a terrorist organization is one of the most common reasons.

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September 30, 2015

Medical Issues as Basis for Visa Refusal

Waiver - or asking for consideration is available for certain applicants.

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September 30, 2015

Why Visa Applications Are Refused

Most common and serious reasons? Not disclosing previous visa applications or stay in the U.S.; petitioner's status; civil or marital status, admission of charges all of which could have been prevented or waived.

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September 27, 2015

Revised Poverty Guidelines for 2015: No Fish Stories Needed

Petitioners in the U.S. who are sponsoring their family members are required to submit a completed and signed Affidavit of Support - and report their latest , official tax returns not fish-wrap - to prove that the sponsored immigrants will not be receiving public benefits.

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September 26, 2015

State Department Revises October 2015 Visa Bulletin

The expanded version -After announcing the posting of two priority dates for each of the Family and Employment-based categories starting October this year, the State Department's Visa Office revised the next month's cut-off dates.

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September 4, 2015

Visa Bulletin to Have Two Priority Dates Each Month

Proposed changes will favor those who are already in the U.S. - lawful or not.

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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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