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About IVC Immigrant Visa Center

Anything worth doing is worth doing right. And we at the IVC Immigrant Visa Center commit ourselves to assist our corporate and individual clients in a timely and professional manner. As an immigrant advocacy firm based in the Philippines, we consider ourselves global mobility advocates helping people who need more extensive guidance through a variety of comprehensive migration services. One part of our services is outbound migration. The Immigrant Visa Center files applications for nonimmigrant or temporary visa applicants, skilled immigration, or family sponsorship to Canada, USA, Australia, NZL, Ireland, and select European countries. We also assist individuals who wish to study, retire, and invest in the Philippines.

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda


Having served as Chief Operating Officer of IVC since 2007, Dr. Aranda brings with her more than a decade's worth of experience in the fields of Management, HRD and Marketing. She is an Education New Zealand Trained Agent, and she has spearheaded the company's growth from a single proprietorship to a thriving corporation offering various migration services not only for Filipinos but to other Asians as well.

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Australia International Student Financial Capacity Requirements

In 2019, the Department of Home Affairs increased the requirement for students to show theirs financial capacity to pursue the chosen academic program in Australia. We have included the update information from the Legislative Instrument and the latest document checklist.

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Philippine Colleges, Universities Recognized in New Zealand

If you are a graduate (diploma, degree holder of any of the college or universities listed below, then your qualification is considered as the equivalent of a New Zealand degree. As explained below, you may then pursue further education or apply for skilled migration (permanent residency) without the need for assessment by the New Zealand Qualification Authority.

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Reasons to Study in New Zealand

Regardless of the reason for studying abroad, there are several reasons why you should consider studying in New Zealand. New Zealand, with its magnificent scenery and laid-back lifestyle of its citizens, continues to be a popular destination for international students. 

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How to Apply for a Canada Student Visa

Do you want to know how to study in Canada as an international student? Read on for important information on how to apply for a student permit or visa.

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December 30, 2018

How to Qualify Under the Express Entry System: Monitoring the 2018 CRS Cut-off

Add to your CRS points to be one of thousands of candidates invited to apply for permanent residency and be among the million immigrants under Canada's Immigration Plan for 2018-2020.

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June 9, 2018

Express Entry and Federal Skilled Worker Basics 2018

When the program started, how candidates are selected, what changes were introduced since January 2015 and how to qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

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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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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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February 9, 2018

Why Study in Canada: 4 Top Reasons

With affordable tuition fees, quality education, post-study work options and world renowned institutions, Canada is a leading destination for international students aspiring to study overseas.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on January 1, 2018.

Work while Studying in Australia as an International Student

As an international student in Australia, you can work part-time or full-time in some situations to complement what you learn in your classes.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on January 1, 2018.

English Language Requirement for Australian International Students

This page contains information on the language requirement for international students bound for Australia. Check if you are exempted from taking any Secure English Language Test.

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Updated February 7, 2018. Originally posted on January 1, 2018.

Australian Student Visa Conditions Applicable to International Students

If you have been granted an Australian student visa, check the conditions stamped on these. Remember, you must comply with each of those or risk the cancellation of your visa.

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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 February 7, 2018. Originally posted on March 27, 2016.

Learn about the Acceptable Sources of Funds BEFORE Applying for a Student Visa to Australia

If you are looking to study in Australia and your application is at Assessment Level 3, make sure you know what the acceptable sources of funds are to ensure your visa application is approvable.

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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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January 15, 2018

English Language Requirement to Study in New Zealand as an International Student

Are you planning to apply as an international student to New Zealand? You may be required to submit the result of an English language exam to prove that your level of English proficiency will meet the requirements for the program you are applying for.

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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 January 3, 2018. Originally posted on January 4, 2018.

Australian Migration Options for International Students

You may have options once you have completed your Australian study program to work or apply for permanent residency in Australia.

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Updated December 31, 2017. Originally posted on January 1, 2018.

An Overview of CRICOS and VET Registration

Like all responsible hosts, the government of Australia does its best to ensure that international students enjoy a good quality of education.  Australian universities and colleges that accept international students therefore try to meet the requirements as explained in the National Code of Practice.  

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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 19, 2017. Originally posted on October 28, 2016.

Why you should consider studying in Ireland

Benefit from the support of the Irish government to ensure the excellent quality of Ireland's higher education.

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Updated December 19, 2017. Originally posted on October 28, 2016.

Documents Required for an Irish Student Visa Application

If you want to launch a European career, why not start by taking further studies in Ireland to improve your credentials? Know what documents are needed to apply for an Irish student visa.

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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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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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December 3, 2017

Convert your IELTS band to CLB points

Candidates for Canadian immigration are mainly required to demonstrate a minimum language ability to ensure they can adapt to life in Canada. 

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Updated December 3, 2017. Originally posted on May 23, 2018.

Manitoba In-Demand Occupations List November 2018

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program selects internationally trained and experienced workers who have skills needed by Manitoba employers. Check if your occupation is on this year's In-Demand Occupations List.

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Updated June 10, 2017. Originally posted on February 9, 2017.

English Exam Requirement for Some New Zealand International Students

Students from the Philippines, India, and other countries with an approval rate of less than 80% for student visa application, will have to sit for an English language proficiency exam.

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June 7, 2017

Study in Ireland, Work in Europe: Ireland's National Framework of Qualifications

Do you want to work around Europe? With Ireland's National Framework of Qualifications system, the knowledge, skill and competence per qualification and education level are clearly defined. This allows other countries to see how Ireland's qualifications fit in with theirs, making it easier for employers to pinpoint your skills sets and competence.

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May 19, 2017

Passport Requirements for First Time Applicants, Updated 2017

Applying for your first Philippine passport has never been easier as the Department of Foreign Affairs has greatly streamlined its application process. Listed below are the UPDATED documentary requirements for first-time applicants.

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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 May 23, 2018.

Schengen Countries Embassy Contact Info

The Schengen area: 28 different European countries. some of which are not members of the European Union and some which are outside the European continent. As it can be a tad confusing, consider this your one-stop site for the contact information of Schengen countries that have an embassy or consulate in the Philippines. Links to the appropriate Visa Centres have also been included whenever applicable to help you with your Schengen visa application.

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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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Updated February 23, 2017. Originally posted on July 19, 2018.

Philippine Colleges, Universities Recognized by New Zealand, July 2018

If you are a graduate in any of the colleges and universities on this list, you may save time and money by not having to undergo an individual assessment from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

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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 14, 2017

A Short Overview on Applying to Australia as an International Student

As the world's third most popular destination of international students in the world, Australia continues to provide innovative programs for both domestic and international students.

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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 4, 2016. Originally posted on November 30, 2016.

Postgrad Entry Requirements for Non-EU Applicants of University College Cork

See how your credentials stack up against the requirements for postgrad applicants to UCC

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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 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 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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September 12, 2016

Hot Tips to Help You Choose a School in New Zealand

Planning to STUDY in NEW ZEALAND? What is your criteria for selecting the school where you intend to enroll in?

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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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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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August 20, 2016

Express Entry Application System: Updated After November 2016 Changes

Not a program but a system, Express Entry has made applying as an immigrant under an economic immigration program more systematic and faster - and now after November 19, 2016, more competitive and open to overseas applicants.

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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 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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July 4, 2016

How Does Brexit Roil the Migration Waters?

Immigration was the thunder that drove majority of British voters to choose Leave instead of Remaining in the European Union.

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May 29, 2016

Saskatchewan’s Skilled Worker Express Entry Residency Option Still Open

Of the three provincial nomination programs of Saskatchewan only the The International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer sub-category is still accepting applications.

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May 29, 2016

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Updates for May 2016

Several Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program streams still on TEMPORARY PAUSE

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May 23, 2016

Australia's Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List

If you don't qualify to apply for skilled independent immigration to Australia, then you might be sponsored by a state or territory.

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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 21, 2016

Australia's 2016-2017 Skilled Occupations List is now out!

A new SOL will be in effect on 1 July 2016 with the introduction and removal of some occupations.

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Updated March 24, 2016. Originally posted on March 16, 2016.

Australia’s Nationwide Shortage List: 8 Professions, 23 Skilled Occupations. Is your profession on it?

Australia’s Department of Employment (DOE) released a February 2016 list of occupations that employers find difficulty in recruiting locally. Check if you qualify to fill the gap!

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Updated March 24, 2016. Originally posted on March 21, 2016.

Jobs Direct and Migration Skills List for Australia

Qualified skilled workers, professionals and managers may apply directly with potential sponsoring employers in Australia. We have selected job sites where you can look for jobs that match your skills as well as State and Territory Sites for permanent migration thru nomination.

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Updated February 16, 2016. Originally posted on February 1, 2016.

Engineer Your Career and Residency Worldwide

Opportunities for engineers around the world never die, they just deconstruct. If you're a recently-licensed engineer in search of the best career pathway, where do you start?

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

Express Entry A Year After: An Insider's Job

The 25th Express Entry draw - and the previous 24 draws show that for those outside Canada getting invited to apply for permanent residency is a Mission Improbable.

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Updated February 13, 2016. Originally posted on November 2, 2015.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program Finally Opens on November 4, 2015

2 Filing Periods Starting November 4. Consider it a post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving treat from Quebec Immigration and Cultural Communities Minister Kathleen Weil.

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