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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.

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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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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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 21, 2018

Visitor Visas Australia 2018 Update

Whatever’s your reason for visiting Australia – climbing the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, diving in the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, watch the extraordinary landscape of desert plains and sacred sites in the Red Desert you need a visit visa to get there.

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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 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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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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Updated December 31, 2017. Originally posted on May 23, 2018.

Parent Sponsorship in Australia

"Have money will travel" : This might as well be the motto for parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents. Find out how.

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December 31, 2017

Canada Parent and Grandparent Class 2018 Update

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents may sponsor a parent or grandparent to immigrate to Canada.

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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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Updated December 6, 2016. Originally posted on August 25, 2016.

Canada Student Visa: Important Info, Requirements

Based on the quality of Canada's educational programs and institutions, national income and quality of life, abundance of fresh water, low incidence of violent crime and model health care system, Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live.

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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 December 6, 2016. Originally posted on October 26, 2016.

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program

Newfoundland and Labrador is a dynamic and vibrant province that distinguishes itself as one of the best places in the world to live, study, work and play. More than a thousand years ago, the Vikings came and transformed as Newfoundlanders. Today, Newfoundland and Labrador offers the best of Europe and North America - an abundance of clean air and fresh water, a low incidence of violent crime and a comfortable population density. It is one of the friendliest and safest places in the country to live.

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October 28, 2016

Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program

Set your search to solve your immigration jigzaw puzzle on which province in Canada to live and work. Consider Prince Edward Island: where Canada was born - and began.

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September 14, 2016

Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSPNP)

One of the provinces in the Maritime region, Nova Scotia offers a high quality of life to its residents. As a new immigrant, there are a variety of free services you may avail of to help you settle in the province.

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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 September 11, 2016. Originally posted on August 30, 2016.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program 2016

Being the first Canadian province to establish its own immigration program, the Manitoba Government projected a labor shortage until 2020 of over 20,000 skilled workers.

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Updated August 29, 2016. Originally posted on August 25, 2016.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program offers an economic immigration pathway for in demand foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs who can contribute to the economic development demands of the province.

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Updated August 27, 2016. Originally posted on February 26, 2015.

Skilled Independent Visa

No sponsorship necessary but you need 60 points to qualify and processing takes longer than State or Territory Nominated and Employer Nominated.

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Updated August 26, 2016. Originally posted on August 23, 2016.

Partner/Spouse Category, Love without Marriage

Filing this sponsorship and application packet is simple, straightforward and needs common sense. However, to ensure proper compliance for common law, de facto or partnership by marriage will require an extraordinary amount of time and patience.

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August 25, 2016

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic migration program, operated jointly by the government of Alberta and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.  The AINP  supports Alberta's economic growth by attracting and retaining work-ready immigrants to the province.  

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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 August 25, 2016. Originally posted on August 21, 2016.

Federal Skilled Trades Program

If your profession belongs to certain specific trades, you may choose instead to apply as a permanent resident in the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

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Updated December 1, 2015. Originally posted on June 4, 2018.

Prospective Marriage Visa including May 2018 Update

Know the updated requirements and the 4 steps to apply including requirements, payment and processing time.

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

Family Sponsorship

Canada encourages family reunification and offers several programs and opportunities to further this and sponsor family members to live in Canada.

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

Student Visa for France

Foreign education and training are regulated by CampusFrance.org, the officially designated organization to assess and process applications for studying or training in France. Campus France is an agency created by the French Ministries of National Education and Foreign Affairs in 1998. It aims at promoting French Higher Education abroad and to facilitate and ensure the quality of foreign students’ studies in France.

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

Temporary Work in Australia

Get the official details on the responsibilities of Australian employers and rights of Foreign Workers n Australia

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

Skilled Nominated Subclass 190

Australia is the only country (of the five nations with permanent migration programs) that allows direct application for nomination by a State or Territory - and get bonus points for being nominated.

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

Skilled Temporary Work Subclass 457

Find out the requirements and obligations for applicants and sponsors in this popular temporary visa to Australia.

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Updated December 1, 2015. Originally posted on February 27, 2015.

Family Stream

If you have a close family member who is an Australia Citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand Citizen and they are willing and able to sponsor you, you might be eligible to migrate under the Family Stream.

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

Business Visa

Looking at doing business in Australia? You can purchase an existing firm, establish an office and manage it, or migrate as a business owner or investor but you have to select the right visa option for you.

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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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