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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.

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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Processing Times, All USCIS Offices (2015-2018

See how processing times moved, improved or otherwise and have a clear idea of how long you may have to wait for specific petitions and applications filed with the USCIS.

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400 - 550 Nurses needed in Germany: Deadline to apply February 28, 2019

Proficiency in the German language or willingness to undergo training in the employer's language is a must.

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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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Updated December 15, 2018. Originally posted on December 26, 2018.

Changes in Nurse Registration for Australia come 2019

The changes include reducing the current eight (8) criteria to just eight, but a 3-stage orientation may not be as easy as it counts.

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Updated December 3, 2018. Originally posted on December 24, 2018.

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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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 26, 2018

How much do the Government and Employers think you're worth?

Are you worth your weight (skill, education, experience) in gold, peso or dollar by government and business standards? Find out how you may tip the scale.

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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 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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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 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 28, 2018

Who may sponsor Temporary Workers to the UK - 2018

Whether Skilled or Temporary Worker, a non-Economic European Area (EEA) National must have a verified job offer from an employer listed in UK's Tier 2 Registry

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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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March 7, 2018

Workers Canada want locally and from overseas

A Canadian employer is required to hire locally and only when there are no available Canadians or residents for the job could they recruit from overseas. The top 10 in-demand occupations locally and 11 occupations from overseas are shown here.

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January 14, 2018

How to find a genuine RN-employer in the UK

There are tens of thousands of jobs for registered nurses according to UK's Department of Health and approved orders on the POEA website. Yet vacancies remain unfilled in years. Why?

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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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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 4, 2017

How to get a work permit as a Caregiver in Canada

Canada's Live-in Caregiver is Dead. (Program has been discontinued). Long live Caregivers! Check out the answers to the frequently asked questions about the Live-in Caregiver Program and what replaced this work to migrant category.

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June 27, 2017

2017 Guide to Working in the UK

At least a million foreign skilled workers intend to leave the UK after Brexit. Is that good or bad for Overseas Filipino Workers? Find the fine print and details of the current rules in place. (Be warned that the policies are fast-changing due to the pace of the Brexit negotiations)

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June 25, 2017

Why thousands of job orders for PH RNs in the UK remain unfilled

Claiming the student visa program had been abused, the UK Home Agency and Border Agency impose restrictions on the entry of international students, among them those taking up courses leading to registration as UK RNs. Then Brexit came, UK voted to close its borders and the orders remain open.

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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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