If you have already been accepted into the pool of candidates, we've listed the results of each Express Entry Round of Invitations so you can monitor the progress of your application.


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For Visa Watchers – those waiting for their love ones, family members to join them after that long awaited visa interview – the priority dates for September could finally end the “daily nights of being alone, and writing or emailing” as both petitioner and beneficiary maintain a long-distance relationship.


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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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Ontario has released the list of occupations in the ICT field - professionals and skilled workers who get best chance of being selected from the Express Entry Candidate Pool.


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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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More than a million foreign nationals ;pursue studies in the United States. The countries with the largest number of students studying at U.S. colleges in 2016 were: China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Colleges and universities are hoping the travel ban will not affect the U.S.' attractiveness to international students.


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Check the equivalent scores for the various official English exams recognized by the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada - shared with the immigrant community as part of Immigrant Visa Center Inc. advocacy.


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Borders.gov of Australia, the official website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection emphasizes that the DIBP "retains the discretion" to determine the language proficiency of international students.


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Okay, our title might confuse non-English speakers, but there is a certain way British English is spoken. And when applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa, English proficiency is an immigration requirement.


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Like the United Kingdom, the English proficiency of a student visa applicant is required under the immigration rules of Ireland. Specific English language requirements, however, apply to the academic programs an international student intends to enroll in.


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The Ombudsman - independent agency watchdog of the Department of Homeland Security released its findings on how the Department is performing - or not performing - its tasks despite continuing price increases.


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The State Department clarified which visas and visa holders could be affected by the Supreme Court ruling. The Department of Homeland Security still has to update its own guidelines. The March 2017 Frequently Asked Questions meanwhile - shown below - is a good indication of how implementation would be.


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Before you dive into the migration waters, check which stream you need to choose. In the case of students it is the Study Direct Stream. Find the whys and how.


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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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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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Applicants using the Express Entry system will be awarded points based on age, work experience, education, language test and family members who are Canadian Citizens and permanent residents.


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To accomplish the goal of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or IRCC to process qualified and complete applications in six months or less, the Government of Canada created and implemented an integrated, online management system for their economic immigration programs. This is the Express Entry System.


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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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If you want to launch a European career, why not start by taking further studies in Ireland to improve your credentials?


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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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Beautiful New Zealand is not only one of the best places in the world to live in but has become a favorite destination for international students.


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The results of the May 31 Express Entry draw has made a lot of applicants happy.


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The U.S. State Department's list of immigrant visa applicants for November 2016 and two years before that show immigrant visa applicants from the Philippines had been declining. What could be the reasons why?


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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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How to apply for temporary or permanent employment in the United States of America.


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Why does it take so long for an immigrant visa to be issued? How many others are you competing with? We look at the official figures from the Department of State.


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When economic tectonic plates misaligned with migration programs, skilled migrant applicants feel the tremor. To know how you may absorb the shocks or stay away from faults, we are sharing the official information from the New Zealand Immigration Service website.


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Knowing where to go, how to get there and having a clear idea of how long your journey would be are essential ingredients for a migrant's journey. For skilled migrants wishing to migrate to Australia, here's the timeline.


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The Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced the changes are effective immediately and will be completed in March 2018. Start your search and find what you need nowl


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If you - or someone you know - is a Caregiver in Canada who could be, or had been affected by this, you may contact Atty. Tim Leahy directly before the deadline. You can know more about Atty. Tim Leahy and cases he had handled at http://www.unfaircic.com/issues1.html


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Question from a reader/viewer of our Facebook account - “My son is applying for work in Canada. May I inquire what the requirements for a Canadian work visa are? He already has an employer and we are just waiting for the LMIA and contract.  What are the next steps to process our visa?”


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8 steps to qualify for immigration to Canada through Express Entry.


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Two visas in one! Student visa for the principal applicant and work permit for the spouse or partner. Yes, that is a benefit for student visa applicants with partners or spouse. Details, below.


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A U.S. consul may only refuse your visa application. The consular officers cannot revoke the visa petition in the case of study or work visas. The appeal or request for reconsideration may only be submitted to the agency that approved the petition - in this case the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services


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With orders from President Trump to increase and expand the scrutiny of U.S. visa applicants, knowing how to successfully navigate the U.S. Embassy visa application process is crucial. Bon voyage!


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During the campaign period for presidency, Donald Trump said he wanted to clean up America's visa mess and return the legal immigrant visa numbers to the previous 400,000 level as opposed to the one million permanent resident cards the U.S. issues every year. That is good. Will the future years be?


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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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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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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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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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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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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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If you are a graduate of some colleges and universities, there may be a chance that you may not have to undergo an individual assessment from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.


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The Supreme Court has ruled that controversial minimum income rules for non-EEA spouses set by the Home Office, which campaigners say have split thousands of families apart preventing British citizens bringing their foreign spouse to the UK, are lawful "in principle". - Guest blog from Charles Kelly, UK Managed Migration Specialist and Marketing Consultant.


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Learn about your timeline for admission to the United States and when to depart after completing your course!


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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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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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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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Despite the rise of many study destinations, the United States still remains the top choice for international students.


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POEA job orders for RNs to UK show unlimited number of registered nurses needed. Why has it remained unfilled for so long?


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Job offers from eligible New Zealand employers must be accredited by Philippine Labor Attaches to verify employer status, manpower needs and abilty to pay the required wages by the New Zealand government. Employers need to recruit through POEA-licensed agencies in good standing.


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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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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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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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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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Participating in an exchange visitor program in the United States? Then apply for a J-1 visa. 


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Yes, the visa allocation for this month – and for the remainder of the year – would still remain the same, despite the threat of President Donald Trump to bring down immigrant visa numbers to its historical figures – 400,000. Check whether you should have received your interview schedule for next month.


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Instead of challenging the 9th Circuit Court suspending the Muslim ban, President Trump orders the Department of Homeland Security to expand the existing rules on express deportation of the undocumented in the U.S. and those with suspicious documents or demeanor at ports of entries


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The U.S. Presidency - and the country's policy directions - lie with Donald Trump. Which countries continue to remain open and hospitable to immigrant workers and their families? We provide varying shades of optimism.


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Check how the visa dates for your specific category - Family-sponsored or Employment-based - have moved in the last five years. This would give you an idea of when you should start preparing documents, or prepare for the interview or prepare for another five-year wait.


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The tax is part of the Kingdom's plan to cut its budget deficit resulting from the drop in oil prices which is expected to continue despite a slight increase after OPEC announced cuts in oil production. The US has increased its production and some OPEC members have not complied.


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Basic knowledge of the German language is required in addition to meeting the qualifications and requirement for the occupation. And - whether being hired directly or thru an agency, be sure to check the POEA requirements for overseas recruitment for employers and agencies.


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Austria and Germany have published a list of occupations that each and both EU countries need. Here's an overview of what occupations are in short supply and where to apply.


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If you do not meet the minimum points to migrate to Australia, Canada or New Zealand or you are not eligible for the U.S. greencard, Europe offers the Blue. Here's the updated overview.


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The Guide to apply for registration as an RN in Saskatchewan provides the underlying procedures and requirement. The steps needed, time frame and outcome of your assessment, application and potential outcome are discussed here.


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2016 was not migrant-friendly. Fear of immigrants occupying space and taking away jobs from a host country's citizens and legal residents saw migration in the spotlight- then turning into a bulls-eye. So, where to migrate in 2017 temporary or otherwise?


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The December 2016 list from the UK Home Office shows what jobs are available, the academic and experience requirements needed, how to apply and who can get in first.


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If you have a college degree in health, sciences and finance– and, if your degree is considered  equivalent to the U.S. counterpart – 8 of the 10 fastest growing jobs for college graduates in the U.S. are in the health are in these fields, however...


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Is a visa petition by a U.S. citizen for a spouse - like love - forever, living on even after death?


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You must nominate an occupation from the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) if you are nominated by a State or Territory Government, a direct entry stream Employer Nomination Scheme visa, a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) or a Training and Research Visa (Subclass 402).


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These Occupations were added to the SOL from 1 July 2016: Orthotist or Prosthetist (ANZSCO 251912) and Audiologist (ANZSCO 252711).. Check the occupations removed.


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Submitting an old or previous edition of a form could result in unnecessary delay or even refusal. Check the newest edition, below.


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Will the current rules on visa applications change in the next 6 months? Not likely. But do not hold your breath for the remainder of next year.


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With the UK's status as a member of the European Union in question - only a matter of when, not if - Ireland is the better alternative as the Filipino RN's destination to practice nursing and explore benefits of being able to visit, work, or reside anywhere in the European Union. Also links to RN jobs in Ireland.


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 We are providing consolidated information on applying for registration with the College of Registered Nurses in British Columbia) as a public service to our readers, viewers and friends – and as part of our advocacy to provide the latest and more information from the official source with least time involved.


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As the third most 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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Read the latest instructions from the Nursing Council of New Zealand on how to apply and complete your registration as a Registered Nurse in NZ.


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Australia is the 3rd most popular destination of international students in the world despite having a population of approximately 23 million, compared to 325 million in the United States, and why 2,500,000 million alumni of Australian institutions - including 25 Nobel Laureates - are making a difference in the world. (Graphics courtesy of Future Unlimited, studyinaustralia.gov.au/philippines)


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The hamburger is probably the most popular food in the world. You can find spicy burgers in India, kangaroo burgers in Australia while the Japanese munch on 'hambaagu'. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-1197009/The-perfect-burger-experts-Seven-chefs-reveal-secret-hamburger-recipes.html#ixzz4Sip2Kfpx Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook


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If you feel that waiting for your visa interview date is like going through the eye of a needle, and you either have to shrink in size or get a giant size needle to know how long your wait would be, we have the answer: the Visa Bulletin movement for two years is here.


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OFWs are considered de-facto global talents, desired by employers worldwide. While millions are mired or stranded in the Middle East, the best in their trades while enduring the worst of work conditions and human rights violations, Canada wants them.


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Each State or Territory of Australia has its own list of occupations in demand. Find out where you are needed - and wanted.


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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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Most provinces and territories have an agreement with the government of Canada so they can nominate a number of foreign nationals either directly or through the Express Entry system. Selection is based on the individual needs of each province or territory for skills, education and work experience, and a genuine intention on the part of an applicant to settle in that province. If you get nominated by a province or territory, you can get additional points to be selected from the Express Entry pool.


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Ontario describes itself as “the most multicultural province in Canada, where half of all new immigrants make their home” – and with good reasons.


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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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Several years ago, Ireland was way behind Germany, France and the United Kingdom in the number of international students. Now, Ireland is gaining traction and starting to come into its own as a higher education destination for EEA and non-EEA nationals.


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Two days before Christmas and fees for filing petitions as well as applications for U.S. benefits go up. And Donald Trump is not yet officially the President.


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Will the Visa Bulletin processing dates change for the better - or worse? Check December 2016 visa bulletin and the rest of the story.


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Improve your academic credentials to jumpstart a career overseas! Enroll at UCC in Ireland - the Gateway to Europe!


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The pass mark to qualify for permanent residency to Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker category (FSW) remains the same: 67. But starting May 4, 2013, three new essential changes will be implemented. Read on.


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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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A likely reason is that RNs with the skills, experience, English proficiency required by the UK Home Office and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have several more attractive, less costly option to work and become permanent residents elsewhere, such as Canada, New Zealand and Australia.


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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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With 10 to 12 million Filipinos overseas – half of them as permanent residents – it’s no wonder there are tens of thousands of tourist, work, student and immigrant visas. Why are there many refused admission at ports of entry even as they hold valid visas?


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The key is getting your documents and application ready soonest - before the nomination rainbow disappears.


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It took 8,000 years before the Vikings of Europe landed in Newfoundland. Today, Newfoundland Labrador is cherishing the old and welcoming the new, especially young immigrants of working age who could keep social services flowing.


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Ontario has created a province-specific migration stream designed to target individuals in Canada's Express Entry selection system including a selection stream that does not require a job offer. Submit your profile. Blow your horn.


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If you are just getting ready to submit your application (without a prior review of what occupations would be in demand in Saskatchewan and how to qualify) the program has closed. The good news? It will open again.


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There are stories here, tales there, hearsay everywhere. There is no prescription for gossip, so we've decided to update this old, archived post that is unexpectedly still being searched for and read.


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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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Changes are being implemented for those who intend to apply as Skilled Migrants to New Zealand.  We are publishing the complete news release from the New Zealand Immigration as a public service and part of our immigrant advocacy.


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New Zealand Immigration Service announced the suspension of accepting residency applications for parents in NZ. This update is being provided - as announced - as public service and part of our immigrant advocacy.


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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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423 occupations. Check what's available in Saskatchewan. From a total of 423 occupations, 79 have good prospects, 303 with fair (balanced or average) and 41 with limited job prospects based on current and anticipated economic conditions.


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In a few weeks from now, filing a petition for your spouse, child, parent - even a fiancee wil cost more, including the fee for issuance of your green card which is paid with an immigrant visa application.


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If you get married and kept it secret, will it affect your petition and visa application even if you marry a second time and make this marriage known instead of the first?


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


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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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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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Thirsty for news for next month? As a public service to our Friends, Viewers and Clients, we are publishing the Final and Filing Dates for September and October this year.


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What occupations will each or all of Australia's States and Territories will remain in place and which ones will exit?


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Starting a new chapter in one's life as a Working-Student Mom in Manitoba is not as hard as it seems, especially when your spouse - in fact, the whole family's with you in this journey.


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A Hillary Clinton administration may be immigrant-friendly, but if Donald ducks and dodges defeat as the U.S. Presidential candidate of the Republican Party, then illegal immigrants need to know their options.


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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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Employers or agents must meet Canada's LMIA requirements and comply with POEA procedures if recruiting Filipino workers.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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More people are dying than being born in three of four provinces but in the push to attract immigrants to Atlantic Canada, the region’s governments must assure those who are left behind that migrants are not taking away their jobs.


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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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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are authorized to conduct random checks and interview arriving passengers all of whom should have valid visas. If the answers to the questions are not be consistent with those given during the visa interview, that could spell trouble.


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What NZ needs are students and migrants in the construction, engineering (30,000), health and social services, ICT (1500) and electronics, and areas such as teaching, chefs, trades and heavy truck driving (500)"


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New Zealand has a study program in place that allows international students to work while studying, get a job search visa after graduation and proceed to the legal pathway to residency.


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Don't have close family members who are eligible to sponsor you as an immigrant? Consider applying for skilled immigration instead.


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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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An average of 500,000 students in the Philippines graduate from a four-year degree program every year. They were the ones who were able to cross the enrollment to commencement bridge. The next bridge, commencement to employment (local or overseas), can be a little tricky or rickety depending on when you get to it.


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Employers and headhunters in Germany are going to areas with high unemployment rates looking for welders, fitters and other tradespersons. Porsche on the other hand needs engineers to outrun the competition


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We are posting the official information from the Belgian Embassy in Makati as service to our viewers and eReaders. For more info, log on to http://philippines.diplomatie.belgium.be/en/visa/visa-belgium


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Before the European Union implements regulations on migration, details of the rules are presented during plenary sessions conducted in Brussels, Belgium.


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For visitors staying for 3 months or less, there is the Short Stay Visa (Schengen visa). For long-stay visa applicants, the specific requirements depend on the type of residency visa desired.


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Yes you need basic proficiency in French. So save up and instead of spending on french fries, pay up for French language lessons In the meantime, here's an overview of how to go about applying for a visa and what to expect before you leave.


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The original song is "I'll See you in September, when summer is gone." by the Tempos in 1959. September signal not just the end of summer but also the last month of the U.S. government's fiscal year. October is when a new set of visa numbers are allocated. It is best to monitor your preference category so as not to miss your visa interview.


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1.2 Million college and technical education students graduate every year. Almost the same number of applicants in 3,686 job fairs conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment. Only 30% got hired.


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For the sons and daughters of petitioners who obtained their U.S. citizenship through military service in the U.S. during World War II, you can apply to be with the Petitioner now instead of waiting for years under the Advance Parole program of President Barack Obama.


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Finishing the race to the finish line is like swimming against the tide for Filipino applicants seeking to become permanent residents to Canada. A preferred swimming lane is reserved for those already in Canada as students or workers.


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The list of occupations eligible for permanent residency and employment in New Zealand had been released after the NZ government review in December 2015. Find out if your occupation is on any of the lists.


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Right on the heels of Brexit and the emergent call of Scotland, France and other EU member countries about remaining or breaking away from the European Union, Canada has initiated a nationwide consultation on how Canada's immigration program should define Canadian citizens and residents 150 years from now.


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This updated lists of occupations for each State or Territory in Australia show which occupations are in demand or hard to fill. For Skilled Migrants and their families, we dedicate this page for fast, easy access to information that will help you decide where to seek nomination, where your occupation is in demand and how to qualify. Good luck.


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If your occupation is not included in the list of Essential Skills in Demand (ESD) in New Zealand by December, you would have to wait for another year. Find out what occupations are hot, which ones are not.


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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics warns that less than 3 year from now, the U.S would be needing an additional 1.2 million RNs to meet the demands of the workforce and the $2.9 trillion healthcare industry. Yet, there has been no action to actively recruit nurses from overseas.


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


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Now that NCLEX is the required licensure for international nurses - even those who have passed the US - NCLEX - what are the steps and requirements towards a successful career and migration pathway as an RN in Canada?


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If last year was any indication, approximately 4,000 candidates will be invited to apply for permanent residency through New South Wales' nomination program. Find out if your occupation is on the list, below.


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If only your eyes have hands, maybe they will try to move the priority dates faster. Since that is not the case, you may cast your glance to other options if your wait would be at least another 10 years.


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The detailed instructions are shown as part of our advocacy program. If you need additional information or assistance, please call 02-634-8717 or call text 0917-529-8472 or email us your concern or case at chiefvisaofficer@visacenter.org. You may also watch the USCIS Video of USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez.


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Next month's cut-off dates from the State Department came out a day after the rules for Advance Parole processing were published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. How are these dates and rules related?


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New procedures in place. Do not be on time. Be early! Use your money. Not Uncle Sam's1 Register to Receive. Do not be in line. Be online! Do not be copy. Be original.


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Domestic worker visas are still being issued, but not Au Pair visas. In all cases, work permits to the UK must have a Certificate of Sponsorship from a UK registered employer authenticated by the Philippine Labor Attache.


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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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Several Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program streams still on TEMPORARY PAUSE


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


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Instead of waiting 15 to 25 years under the F1 or F3 category, qualified applicants may now apply to join the petitioner parent (World War II Veteran) with their minor children.


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What factors have affected the ebb and flow of visa movement the last five years? Amidst the ethnic conflicts, threats of nuclear war the 60's maxim of "Make Love Not War" seems to be the best solution.


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Get ready to pay more to sponsor your spouse, children, parents, brothers, sisters as well as workers being sponsored on temporary or permanent basis.


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So, it's the weekend and you have a visa or migration question. Get the specific and detailed answer you need - FREE. Just Pay attention.


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Despite the slowdown in the Chinese economy resulting in the decreased demand for oil, certain industries in Canada predicts increased hiring. All the links - from Employer's responsibility to the role of the Philippine government - are provided as part of our immigrant advocacy.


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Beware of job offers through the internet. Do not get caught in the web of scams. U.S. employers intending to recruit foreign workers must comply with U.S. labor and immigration laws. A simple "job offer" direct to the applicant is not enough.


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The 65,000 H-1B visas and 66,000 H-2B visas could face drastic changes, or at least stringent requirements if the incoming Trump administration makes good on its campaign promises to prioritize U.S. citizens and workers.


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Three years after announcing the opportunity to work and migrate to Germany for Skilled Worker (with completed Vocational Education and Training), the demand and shortage remains. Three reasons why.


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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz announced Germany's need for 200,000 - and the countrys preference for Filipino Nurses. Here's what you need to qualify.


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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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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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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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America is losing the battle for the hearts, minds and pockets of international students and the Department of Homeland Security has to move fast to save the sinking ship of the U.S. international education market.


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The first day of April is barely a month away, but don’t let the proximity fool you – if you are filing for a U.S. working visa (H-1B) or waiting for your immigrant visa schedule and interview. Beware of offers too good to be true. We have the official visa dates for April 2016, and even a look back from 10 years ago.


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Three months into the second year of Express Entry, the minimum points required to be invited to apply for permanent residency to Canada had been cut in half. But that’s not the whole story


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Check them out. British Columbia’s Ministry of Finance issued a call for qualified applicants to fill in 935,000 job openings on its 10-year Labour Market Outlook 2014- to 2024.


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If your priority date is NOT yet on CHART B, do not start obtaining documents in support of your immigrant visa application. You could end up paying twice to keep your documents current and qualify you for a visa interview. Dance on.


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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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In 2015, international students contributed more than $30.5 billion to the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce; a record $17.5 billion to the Australian economy for the 12 months to the end of March 2015; $8 to 10 billion to Canada and more billions of tuition fees to educational institutions in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. So, if you were to choose, what would be your reasons to spend your (or your parent’s) funds?


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A recent report by Manpower Group (Talent Survey 2015) shows employers globally are experiencing difficulty in filling job vacancies despite the availability of skilled workers and professionals worldwide. Read the reasons why.


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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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Jobs that employers find hard to fill amidst the glut of skilled workers worldwide is a reminder of the Mariner's Rhyme - "Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink."


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You may call us for the fastest moving, the crawling categories and how each classification moved from last month (January) and from February of last year.


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If your love one pledges to follow you to the end of the Earth, he or she must be referring to New Zealand.


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It looks like people who currently have Express Entry applications to Saskatchewan didn't need to wait too long! Saskatchewan opened its Immigrant Nominee Program on January 5, 2016.


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Planning to apply to Quebec in 2016? You may need more than just a key to unlock the migration opportunity offered by that province.


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With December Priority Date applicants processing their documents over the holidays, it’s time to think ahead and be prepared for our January Petition holders. US Priority date petitions have seen movement for the month of January from last month’s dates.


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If you dilly-dallied on whether to apply for Canadian permanent residency through Saskatchewan's Express Entry program, you're just in time - for the next round of selection. Yes, this year's intake had been filled except for those with job offers.


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For 2015 - 2016, Australia shall issue up to 190.000 permanent migration places available in 2015-16 including 128,550 Skill stream places; 57,400 Family stream places and 565 Special Eligibility stream places. At least 3,485 Child places will be available outside the managed Migration Programme. The wait may be from 8 months to 2 years.


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The Philippines is believed to have an oversupply of competent and licensed healthcare workers. Yet, the country does not have a working healthcare system that takes care of the citizen's wellness. Canada has - especially for the children.


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It is a Welcoming New Year (2016) for all Family-sponsored categories for the Philippines.


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Unless you are in, you are out. Most of the candidates in the Express Entry Pool invited to apply for permanent residency were already in Canada.


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Have you warmed up yet to the new system of reporting by the Visa Office on the priority dates each month? Check what you have to bridge before your time to cross comes.


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The 19th Express Entry draw raised the threshold from the lowest (450 during the 17th and 18th draw) to 489 in the latest selection.


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The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation changed Regulations expanding the list of occupations eligible of issuance of employment permits and after 5 years - permanent residency.


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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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This visa category is for you if you wish to enter Australia to marry your fiancé(e). Your fiancé(e) must be an Australian Citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand Citizen who is at least 18 years of age. It has to be an other-sex marriage. Same-sex couples can apply for a Partner Visa.


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The list of occupations eligible for temporary and permanent residency had been abolished, replaced: some occupations have been removed, others may apply only for specific visa categories.


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All visitor visas are for individuals who are applying to visit Australia for a holiday, as tourist, short-term non-work reasons , visit relatives and friends.


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


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


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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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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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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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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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Changes on internationa student programs, what's still in effect, what to expect. We did the homework so you can concentrate on deciding what programs to choose towards a successful career.


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The dilemma of completing a process to be in the incomplete line.


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Be ready to pay more to be documentarily qualified, an unintended consequence of this new reporting system of the State Department.


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1,530 applicants issued invitations to apply. Most of them already in Canada as international students or foreign workers.


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Consuls at the U.S. Embassy in Manila discuss the myths and truths about applying for U.S. tourist visas. The annotated version is available here. The complete episode is available on YouTube.


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50 years after Philippines and Asians leading source of immigrants. Mexico's improved economy reduced Mexican immigration.


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There are approximately 12-15 million illegal or undocumented immigrants in the U.S. including those who have overstayed their visas. Waiver is available but applying for one is better inside instead of outside the U.S.


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A green card holder who has stayed outside the U.S. for more than 180 days or more could be considered as inadmissible. Permanent residents staying outside the U.S. for more than a year without a re-entry permit could be subjected to airport-to-airport proceedings.


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Deportation is different from Exclusion. One is deported after being admitted into the U.S. after inspection at a port of entry. Exclusion is not being allowed to enter the U.S. at a port of entry.


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An RN for example must have passed not only the NCLEX but also have the VisaScreen Certificate.


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The petitioner must submit an Affidavit of Support - whether receiving little or no income at all - and get a joint sponsor to overcome this inadmissibility.


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Membership in or support of a terrorist organization is one of the most common reasons.


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Waiver - or asking for consideration is available for certain applicants.


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Most common and serious reasons? Not disclosing previous visa applications or stay in the U.S.; petitioner's status; civil or marital status, admission of charges all of which could have been prevented or waived.


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6 Days after our posting, the 1,000 applicants in various occupations in demand had been reached. What can you do to be on the next round?


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Petitioners in the U.S. who are sponsoring their family members are required to submit a completed and signed Affidavit of Support - and report their latest , official tax returns not fish-wrap - to prove that the sponsored immigrants will not be receiving public benefits.


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The expanded version -After announcing the posting of two priority dates for each of the Family and Employment-based categories starting October this year, the State Department's Visa Office revised the next month's cut-off dates.


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Study Program for IT Professionals at Cornell Institute of Business and Technology (CIBT)


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1,000 applications to be considered for nominations (for qualified candidates). But hurry! These slots usually get filled up fast especially for applicants who have already secured their language proficiency test and credential evaluation.


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Today will be tomorrow's yesterday. Today will become history. Time will not wait. So will the 1,000 quota for Saskatchewan's Occupation in Demand leading to Permanent Residency for qualified applicants.


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Saskatchewan is the place. Thousands of occupations in demand and opportunities to be in Canada's


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Limbo rock and roll comes to mind with Chubby Checker chuckling as candidates aim high to get the lowest threshold score for Canadian permanent residency.


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Did you make it to the 16th Express Entry Draw last September 8, 2015? If your answer is no, or not yet, find out when you could see the light at the end of the tunnel.


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Intending to apply for a Schengen visa – which until today allows the Schengen visa holder to travel to the 26 member states? The best time to apply was the day before yesterday.


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Wondering which chart to use? We have simplified the explanation for our Friends, viewers and visitors as part of our continuing advocacy.


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Australia's yearly cycle of migration allows States and Territories to nominate skilled migrants outside of the annual quota. Find out which State or Territory has your occupation on its list.


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Proposed changes will favor those who are already in the U.S. - lawful or not.


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Seven months after introducing Express Entry - the new selection system for permanent residency – the Canadian government still needs 266,050 qualified applicants go to meet its high target immigration levels of 285,000 economic migrants for 2015.


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Applicants do not need to have a job offer, or proficiency in French. Unmarried or unattached applicants need only earn 49 points, for married or with common-law- partners, 57 points. Get your documents ready to meet each criteria. The Quebec immigration door opens next October 1, 2015.


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Are you a physician, medical technologist, nurse, public health practitioner? This is perfect for you: a New Zealand study program for healthcare professionals at Waiariki Institute of Technology.


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Find out what occupations are in high-demand and the steps you can take to get that job offer.


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What you see - if you only look at next month's priority dates - is but a small part of the story.


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From another perspective, the UK is hungry for RNs but the government - Home Office - has too many cooks without a chef directing the kitchen.


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Filipino applicants for Canadian permanent residency is second only to India. Most of those invited to apply were already in Canada as temporary workers or international students.


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Starting July 2015, Australia reboots its Migration Program by setting a new 190,000 target for skilled and family migration. But hurry - there is a ceiling set for each occupation.


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Comprehensive Ranking System cut-off going down. Will Filipinos now qualify?


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Check out how fast or slow your visa category moved over a 15-year period, then plan on what you can do to get ready for your visa interview.


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If you think Promdis are leaving for the Cities of the World, think again.


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Skilled Occupation List Eagerly Awaited by Applicants for Australia Skilled Independent Visa


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Check these 20 universities and 24 colleges of applied arts and technology and other institutions!


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Hardware, not hackers cause of freezing visa issuance to more than 50,000 daily worldwide.


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Applying as a student to New Zealand? Be aware that passing results from an English language proficiency exam will be required starting October 1, 2015.


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Being nominated by a Canadian province such as Nova Scotia will earn 600 points for,a candidate for permanent residency to Canada, and get invited to apply. But opportunity has an expiration date, so act fast.


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The Canadian province of Quebec has released its new areas of training list in anticipation of the approaching application cycle for its Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).


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Those already in Canada as Temporary Workers or Students get the first and best shots of being invited to apply for Permanent Residency to Canada through the Express Entry


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If you are an IT or ICT professional or worker and your company is "rightsizing" the employee force, remember that you may have options overseas - either as a permanent resident or as an international student!


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Each State or Territory of Australia has its own list of occupations in demand. Those who meet the requirements of the listed occupation may apply for nomination in the State or Territory where his or her occupation is on the in-demand list. We have the links to each State for your convenience and reference.


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Philippine education maybe patterned after the American system but the recognition does not translate to the issuance of a study, work or residence visa unless the applicant can show evidence of official equivalency.


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Having thoughts about moving to the land down under Ka Visas? You may have many different reasons for migrating to Australia like wanting to live with your relatives abroad, taking care of an elderly Aunt perhaps, or looking for the next big opportunity for your career. Australia has skilled migration programs that issue a Permanent Resident Visa authorizing foreign nationals to live, work, and study in Australia indefinitely (permanently).


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If you are nominated by a State or Territory Government, a direct entry stream Employer Nomination Scheme visa, a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) or a Training and Research Visa (Subclass 402), you must choose (nominate) an occupation from this table below.


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Applying for an Independent or Family-Sponsored Points Tested visa or the Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream?


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Taking up a one or two year diploma course related to your experience or academic background could lead to permanent employment and permanent residency.


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Working as a Student yields priceless benefits including opportunity to become a permanent resident and permanent employment.


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The world - especially the five countries with permanent migration programs - needs nurses and other healthcare workers. However, to practice the profession a Philippine nurse must go through either licensure or registration procedures. We have compiled the links to save our Florence Nightingales time - and have their migrant visas processed faster


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Other than the fact that Britain describes its immigration documents longer than most (visas are called Permission for Leave to Enter) what else would you need to know about getting into Her Majesty's Service?


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The U.S. Green Card has been around for a while. Europe's response - the Blue Card - just came into being in 2009 but of late has gotten its fair share of applicants who are skilled workers and professionals. What color is your future? Find out.


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Taking up further studies abroad not only enhances your career and global competitive advantage but also allows access to employers that could offer sponsorships for permanent employment and residency.


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The Canadian Government now offers two major programs in which Canadian employers would be able to sponsor foreign workers: the Temporary ForeignWorker Program and the International Mobility Program. The common goal of the two programs is to provide competitive advantages to Canada and reciprocal benefits to Canadians.


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We are reproducing the instructions in easy-to-read, continuous document for the benefit of our readers.


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1,300 individuals are now on the way to being permanent residents to New Zealand after being selected or part of the selected migrant's family under NZ's Expression of Interest.


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After an uptick in the 7th Draw, Citizenship and Immigration Canada set the lowest threshold for permanent residency candidates back to 453


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Explore the options available for Healthcare and Non-healthcare workers affected by the EB3 retrogression.


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Remember the Three Musketeers? They must have been what the Schengen visa represents, “All for one and one for all.” Once granted a Schengen visa to one country, the holder may visit the other 27 Schengen states within a 90 day period


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The United Kingdom is the most popular English speaking country of choice in Europe. Once a permanent resident in the UK, the Europe becomes your playground.


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The information you need - official, updated news as well - on going to New Zealand: staying there temporarily or permanently.


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Here are the links to employers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand if you wish to either submit your resume directly for consideration or you simply want to know if your occupation is in demand based on the number of hits.


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For 2015, Canada has set 260,000 to 295,000 as the number of migrants it will accept for the year, 186,700 of which are in the Economic Class - individuals who are invited to apply for residency through the Express Entry selection system. Applicants may earn 600 points if nominated by a Canadian province and another 600 with an arranged offer of employment (job offer).


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Australia allocates 190,000 visas for Skilled Migrants and Family-based migrants; 128 550 places for skilled migrants including employer sponsored migrants, skilled independent migrants and business migrants and 60 885 places for family migrants who are sponsored by family members already in Australia, Another 565 places are allocated for special eligibility migrants, who include former permanent residents and have maintained close business, cultural or personal ties with Australia. The Skill Stream comprises 67.7 per cent of the program while the Family Stream comprises 32.0 per cent. Skilled Migrants may apply independently or be nominated by State or Territory.


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From the time you arrive at a port of entry to when you might have to apply for change of status to another Nonimmigrant Category, or apply to have your status change to that of a lawful permanent resident - and on to U.S. Citizenship


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There are questions that must be answered as part of improved security procedures. Yes - mandatory.


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NSW occupation lists identify the eligible occupations for NSW nomination. The NSW 190 Skilled Occupation List (NSW 190 List) includes the occupations that are eligible for NSW nomination for the State Skilled Nominated (190) visa.


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If you are a Boatbuilder or Sheet Metal Worker, Australia wants you badly. There are 17 other occupations that need to be filled up fast (less than 25 applciations in each occupation have been received.


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Before Australia and Canada changed the way they accept applicants for permanent residency through a visa-lottery like system, New Zealand was already years ahead.


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If you have submitted an application for permanent residency to Canada through Express Entry and you got the draw, you win. If not, your application remains in the pool and you still have a chance for a year


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Have you received your race participant number issued by the Department of State? If you have an immigrant visa petition filed by a family member, your race participant number starts with the priority date. Not sure what it is? Read on.


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Canada has terminated the Live-in Caregiver Program. There is also a 12 to 18 month wait to get a Caregiver visa in the Philippines even if you have an employer that has complied with the new LMIA requirement. You may want to try Australia.


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Fast and Furious 7 is the title of the latest installment for the movie series. 7 years and 4 months is how fast the F1 category moved in a year's time. The other categories would yield furious beneficiaries since they were left in the dust of the other categories.


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Because the US issues more visas to qualified applicants than all of the other four countries with permanent migration programs do, there are also more immigrant visa symbols assigned to each classification in the Family and Employment-based categories.


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Visiting the US, intending to work, or the spouse of a U.S. Citizen with an approved petition (taking longer than usual) and want to join your spouse faster? The U.S. State Department has the visa category for you.


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A thunderstorm, strong winds and heavy downpour caught Singaporeans, permanent residents, holders of work permits/passes and visitors without cover. But there was a ray of sunshine from Canada.


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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 of course, there is a very real opportunity to sponsor family members to join them in Canada.


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Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) maintains assessment levels per country that help the department determine visa requirements and set standards to enable consistency in decision making. So, while each student visa application is assessed on its own merits, DIBP officers use assessment levels as well to decide on whether to approve a visa application.


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Although the UK has set a limit on migration - and despite the flood of applicants from new members of the European Union - Filipino workers still have a chance to be sponsored by an employer in the UK.


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If your occupation is not on the Skilled Occupations List Schedule 1,you may want to check the list of each State or Territory of Australia. Victoria for example has published the list of occupations it could sponsor for nomination towards permanent residency. See below.


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Nurses and new immigrants are welcome to apply. The guidelines are out for both the Express Entry and NCLEX for RNs intending to practice in Canada.


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If you are a Queen fan, you know Bohemian Rhapsody. If not, you can listen to it (by clicking the link below) and find out why the British rock band's song is the perfect melody for the Visa Movement dates in the last 10 years.


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Education is a great equalizer. In a country where the playing field is not level, getting up a career ladder and achieving your full potential is extremely difficult. Studying abroad evens the odds, regardless of your religious affiliation. Watch testimonials from Filipino students taking up courses in New Zealand with the Cornell Education Group.


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Priority dates are affected by political and economic conditions in the country of destination (United States) and the source country, such as the Philippines. Where the receiving or source country's economic conditions are favorable, visa applicants pursue their residency status vigorously.


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The decrease in recruitment of foreign workers to Canada is directly related to the increase in foreign student enrollment. Here's our report card.


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If you have not received your interview notice to appear in person at the US Embassy for the issuance of your immigrant visa, check your mailbox. If you have moved to a new residence, check if you have notified the National Visa Center of the US Embassy of such change. Otherwise, you may find yourself back to square one. Or you may no longer have a square to return to.


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How fast did visa categories move every month of September for the last five years? What do you need to do to be sure your visa application is not cancelled? Read it here first.


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Practice makes pitch-perfect and a nurse from the Philippines must learn the different tunes, accents and accompaniments to be part of the operating room band in the country where she or he intends to work or migrate. US bound nurses however, seem to be singing out of tune.


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Get into Canada as an immigrant in 6 months or less!


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New year, new program, new list of occupations and fresh start for occupations that Australia wants. Get going now and be the first to qualify.


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You see it here first both in terms of how fast the visa dates moved from July 2014 but also how fast each category moved since August of last year.


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The announcement was issued June 23, 2014 - without much fuss and fanfare. The intent of the new rule restricting the age of dependent children from 22 to 19, is to increase processing efficiency. Based on studies conducted by the Canadian government the rule says that children 19 and above are less likely to integrate successfully.


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The new rules have distinct U.S. and Canadian flavours. Next year, Canada's migration program - Express Entry" will have a New Zealand/Australia taste. New Zealand was the first to use the Expression of Interest Scheme which was adopted by Australia as part of its new SkillSelect program. We arerepublishing the official report as part of our immigrant advocacy.


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We have always emphasized during expos and seminars with public and private organizations that opportunity has an expiration date. Starting July 1, 2014, assessment for specific skilled migration to Australia expires in three years.


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This is the last time that Canada would issue a list of priority occupations. Next year, processing of permanent resident applications would still be points based, but priority will be given to those with the highest points, 67 points being considered as the minimum. And your occupation may no longer be on next year's priority.


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After almost 12 years, the final answer is out: those who aged out or turned 21 while waiting for their parent's immigrant visas are not eligible to use the original priority date of their parent's petition. The good news is we provide the most viable options. Read on for one that applies to you.


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It does not matter if you are married, legally separated, widowed, never married or status is complicated as single: multiple entry visit visas may be waiting for you if you intend to visit Canada now.


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This should come as good news for the Filipinos and Indian nationals that have been targeting Australia as a migration destination over the past couple of years.


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Is it enough that you know the priority dates as the Visa Bulletin is published every month to ensure you will be ready for your visa interview date? What difference does a five-year interval make in terms of visa processing movement?


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This year, Canada’s 2014 Eligible Occupations List (EOL) is a mix of old and new.


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The "Tatak-Pinoy" system of having arrival dates backdated on passports is long gone. Those who are not aware of a cooperation between US and Philippine immigration agencies usually get the airport-to-airport treatment, called expedited removal - and the consequent 5 to 10 year bar. Now, the Department of Homeland Security says it has your records online.


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Australia has 190,000 permanent resident visas in the Occupation and Family-based streams: 128,550 places for skilled migrants including employer sponsored migrants, skilled independent migrants and business migrants; 60,885 places for family migrants who are sponsored by family members already in and 565 places for special eligibility migrants, who include former permanent residents and have maintained close business, cultural or personal ties with Australia.


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The Canadian Menu for Foreign Recruitment Program no longer includes certain Food Service occupations. Beware of offers - especially on the internet - stating jobs for suspended occupations. See list below.


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This would be the last time that you may apply for permanent residency to Canada as a computer network technician under the Federal Skilled Worker program. Starting January 1, 2015, you would have to compete with everybody to get the Canadian Green Card once the Express Entry Program is in place.


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If you own or is a manager of a travel agency, cleaning service, funeral services, hotel, laundry and dry cleaning services, you may qualify to apply for permanent residency to Canada under the new Federal Skilled Worker Program.


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Normally as long as the petitioner (in either the Family or Employment-based categories is still alive (or in business) the petitioner remains alive as well. The good news is even if the petitioner passes away or the employer goes belly up, you still have chances of pursuing that immigrant visa you have been waiting for - for years.


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It’s the first time that Canadian Immigration Minister Chris Alexander made an announcement on the new priority occupations under the Federal Skilled Worker category. It is also the last time such a list is expected until the new program of accepting permanent residents thru the Express Entry starts on January 1, 2015.


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It's not the end of the world for foreign workers seeking permanent residency thru Canada's Provincial Nominee Program but the temporary increase in getting unlimited number of applicants is dead in the water.


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Canada will change the rules of its migration game by January 2015. That's less than a year from now. Are you ready?


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Bike, drive, run or get to a phone to inform your petitioner about the latest visa dates. The US State Department Visa Bulletin dates for March 2014 are here. Check it out to avoid delays. Get your interview dates soon!


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If you are a Canadian Permanent Resident, be aware of the proposed changes. Otherwise you may have to wait longer to become a Canadian citizen, pay increased fees and be subject to other requirements currently not in place.


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The State Department’s National Visa Center reports that as of November 2013, there are 4,322,575 immigrant visa applicants worldwide waiting for their interview dates and visa issuance to those who meet all the requirements.


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How fast or how slow US immigrant visas are issued depends on constant and variables: the number of visas allocated worldwide is a constant, the number of visa applicants varies based on the push (political and economic conditions from source countries) and pull factors (US economy and national mood).


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Individual applicants intending to visit Canada to be with relatives , friends or simply to have a tour have two choices: apply for a single-entry or multiple entry visas.


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If you are not eligible to apply for Skilled Migration to New Zealand and you do not have an Employer that would let you pursue residency, Students are Welcome.


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The program was a victim of its own success. Because more than 15,000 Super Visas were issued since the program was started in November 2011 - and the long wait that applicants faced - the reopened program has set a yearly limit and imposed minimum necessary income from sponsors.


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Starting January 2, 2014, Saskatchewan will open and accept new applications for permanent residency thru the provincial nomination program of Saskatchewan. A list of occupations with high or good prospect of getting jobs is now out.


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Having a way to approximate how long one has to wait for the immigrant visa interview is important. Some sell off properties hoping that the interview would be set once a priority date becomes current, only to find out the category moved backward the next month. It is helpful to know how priority dates and visa categories moved in regular, periodic intervals to help out map a better plan. Unlike others, we give you not just the dates but analysis as well. Anyone can just get the dates from the State Department. The key is knowing what to do with the numbers. We believe you deserve more than just copying data.


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You have less than a month to prepare for permanent residency application to Canada thru Saskatchewan’s Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Here are the latest program changes.


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Foreign nationals seeking to study in the United Kingdom (UK) must earn enough points to qualify for a study permit under the Tier 4 –points-based migration.


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Unlike foreign or international students in Australia or New Zealand, Canada offers work rights to students for both on or off campus.


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The U.S classifies student visas under the academic (F-1 category) or M for vocational students. Both categories may be eligible for employment authorization under certain conditions.


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Which province in Canada offers the best opportunities? The answer is not a one-size fits all. Adveturers may choose British Columbia (Super. Naturally) while professionals and work-hunters go East to Ontario. The one migration route that cuts across provinces and classes is the Student to Resident program. Where do immigrants settle in Canada? Read on.


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More and more countries are continuously becoming open-minded and have started implementing more liberated laws to protect the rights of the varied sectors of society.


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Alberta, Canada's "Energy Province" needs immigrants in specific occupations, skills, trade/crafts to maintain its economic strength. Immigrants do not pay provincial sales tax and personal income tax is the lowest in Canada.


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Yes and No, depending on your age, education, years of experience, civil or marital status, proficiency in either or both French and English, family members or previous visit to Quebec and ability to settle with initial funds. You need 49 points to qualify if you are applying alone; 57 points if applying with a spouse or partner.


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How to get a green card (permanent residency) for a same sex spouse.


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If you are a registered nurse intending to work or migrate to Australia, take note.


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Visas for the spouse, minor children or parent of U.S. Citizens are immediately available once the visa petition is approved.


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Canada will be prioritizing the processing of applications already in progress on request from Filipinos who are significantly and personally affected by Typhoon Yolanda.


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Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has taken vowed to “slash application backlogs and admit 17,500 permanent residents thru LCP.


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Saskatchewan has recently announced changes into its migration program designed to attract more immigrants because the process had been simplified and streamlined


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If you have a pending immigration petition or application and you or your family member have been affected by Yolanda, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service offers relief measures.


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The provincial government of Saskatchewan has overhauled and streamlined its provincial nomination program, allowing foreign nationals – Filipinos included – to obtain permanent residency.


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Saskatchewan wants immigrants and starting next year, the provincial government has simplified its nomination program towards permanent residency into just three main categories.


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Are you wondering how long the petition you filed for your family member would take?


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If you intend to apply for a UK visa, the UK Home Office warns that the online website (Visa4UK) “will be temporarily unavailable from 08:00 GMT on Thursday 14 November 2013”, while the site is being upgraded.


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Filipinos – and other nationalities – with approved immigrant visa petitions wait for the publication of the Visa Bulletin, published by the U.S. State Department sometime between the first and second week of each month. Here is a primer on how the U.S. Visa System works since it is not points-tested as is the case with the UK and commonwealth nations – Australia, Canada and New Zealand.


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Will your visa interview be scheduled before Christmas this year so that you and your family could be reunited for the Holidays?


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You could be snowboarding in Lake Tahoe, California now, if you had not missed your visa appointment. How to prepare for your visa interview.


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Australia changed the way it accepts permanent resident applications. The procedure was simplified but remains complicated and complex to quite a number of applicants.


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Are you a Filipino RN caught between Saudization and little prospects of employment with similar income at home? There’s a silver lining in this situation – a blessing in disguise even.


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California is leading the way in providing sensible immigration solutions. In the meantime the Federal Government is hostage to its own posturing.


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Europe, Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, even the UK has joined the battle for students – international students that is.


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Getting a US tourist visa itself is difficult. Among the five countries with permanent migration programs – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and the USA, only the US Embassy requires personal interviews.


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The State Department's Visa Office and Consular Posts are mainly funded by user fees (visa application fees, etc) so the website and updates remain.


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Aware that international students "contributed $2.6 billion a year to the economy and created 28,000 jobs for New Zealanders" the government announced yesterday that those studying full-time will be allowed to work during their scheduled course breaks (rather than just in summer) and 20-hour-a-week work limits for PhD and Masters students will be removed.


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"You can do anything but step on my Blue Suede Shoes" is a popular song of Rock and Roll King Elvis Presley. Now Sweden shows the world that it will compete aggressively for the world's professionals and skilled workers by offering its version of the Blue Card - allowing permanent residency for the qualified


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If you graduated or obtained your qualifications from any of the institutions listed below, your degree is considered a New Zealand equivalent. Consequently, you can use the points awarded for your degree (50 points) to apply for NZ Permanent Residency.


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Engineers (Petroleum and mining); Land surveyors, Therapists (Physical, Occupational Respiratory) , medical technologists, Cardiology technologists are among the occupations still wide open to applicants worldiwide.


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Paperless transactions that produce legal papers and family reunification faster.


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How fast did visa categories move over the last three years? What can you do to facilitate or speed up processing?


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Like the Nonimmigrant Visa Form (DS-160) the Immigrant Visa Form DS 260 and the Agent Choice Letter, DS 261 are both online. You need not print the form and bring it with you. However, once you submit the application online, changing or revising it could raise questions and probable refusal during the interview.


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Are you intending to apply for a temporary or permanent resident visa to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK or the USA? Find out how long processing will take or how long you would have to wait if you already have filed your application or sponsorship.


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The cap could be reached faster in the other occupations since those who have applied since May 2013 would have a headstart in getting IELTS scores and evaluation of credentials. Therefore, the key is to get these two essential requirements completed soonest.


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Do you want to know the status of your visa petition or application? Do you need to know how long the processing of your visa petition would be? If you receive a call saying there is a problem with your petition or application and is asking for payment to correct the problem, do not provide personal information. You can instead ask specific information about the caller - ask for his or her name, the specific USCIS office he is calling from, name of his or her supervisor. Read more.


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Having an approve visa petition or sponsorship is not an assurance of visa issuance. Even if you have paid the visa fees, your application could still be refused.


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The fact that 77% of the overall F2A quota is exempt from the worldwide limit seems to be the reason for the continuing "Current" status of the F2A category. Some would not want to hold their breaths for various reasons.


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The last federal elections showed more Canadians - and the immigrant communities will vote Liberal Party Candidates. Will the new Conservative Immigration Minister win hearts, minds and votes?


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Requiring UK sponsors to meet a higher income requirement than what the Migration Advisory Committee has set "amounted to disproportionate interference with family life."


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Strike while the iron is hot! The Canadian Foreign Service officers have declared a strike so expect delays in visa processing. The other Embassies are not affected.


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The Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a new set of Q&As; detailing federal benefits including those of visa petitions and applications.


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If you are the widow or widower of a U.S. citizen, you are eligible to apply for your own immigrant visa - but only within a two year period from the time of the U.S. Citizen spouse's death. You are also entitled to other benefits from the Social Security Administration and other federal agencies.


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For the first time ever, the State Department's Visa Bulletin shows the F2A category as current. How can you proceed to get that immigrant visa interview?


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Defuse this explosive issue before time runs out. Otherwise, your future could blow up and you face deportation as well as up to 10-year bar once deported.


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Canada's permanent residency program (Federal Skilled Worker Class - FSW) started accepting applications 4 May 2013. There is an overall cap of 5,000 and a 300 limit per occupation on the list. Why are there only 65 received as of 4th July 2013? Find out.


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What form should you use when filing a petition for a Same-Sex Spouse? The answers to this and other questions are here now, or are coming very soon.


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Manitoba has a new competitor for skilled workers who may not qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (because their occupations are not on the list) or do not wish to study, invest, or have no farm-agricultural experience).


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Graduates of Ateneo de Manila and UP - especially those with PhDs - fit the profile of successful candidates for the Denmark Green Card. Graduates of other Philippine colleges or Universities (De La Salle and UST) with Masters may qualify as well especially if their current occupation is on Denmark's Positive List, below.