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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.

Obligations of a visa holder

Being issued a visa is not the end but the beginning of an intended journey to the country of destination such as the United States. Know your obligations at a port of entry and even after being allowed into the country.

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USCIS Reminder New Extension of Stay Form starting March 22

If you are in the U.S. or would be in the U.S. mainland or territories, the U.S. CIS issued a reminder that starting March 22, 2019 the new Form I-539 must be used. Failure to do so could result in refusal and deportation order.

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Updated December 22, 2018. Originally posted on December 24, 2018.

How the government shutdown affects your visas and travel plans

Until the combined Houses of Congress come up with a spending bill that U.S. President Donald Trump will sign, there is a wall of uncertainty. Fear not, we have obtained a plan of action.

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December 22, 2018

USCIS Case Transfer Update Dec. 22, 2018

With 6 million petitions and applications received every year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services transfer cases when a particular office simply cannot cope with the workload. A transfer is then made. Check if your case is among those affected.

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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 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 21, 2018

Australian Border Force Warns Overstayers from the 2018 Commonwealth Games

ABF Call: Anyone with information about attempts to exploit Australia’s visa program should contact Border Watch by visiting Australia.gov.au/borderwatch." Informants "can remain anonymous.”

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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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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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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 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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