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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.

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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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 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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