Because of the current financial crisis that most of the First World countries are experiencing, working visas and even immigrants are considered by citizens of Australia, UK and the USA as competitors.  And, with valid reasons to think so.

 The US Labor Department reported today, September 5, 2011, that the “total number of unemployed Americans edged up to 13.967 million last month from 13.931 million in July, almost double the level prior to the recession.”

 In the UK, the noted newspaper Daily Mail “advertised ten fictitious job vacancies in towns and cities across Britain. Advertisements were placed online, in newspapers and in shop windows. All of the jobs we offered purported to pay above the national minimum wage. “

Most of the people who responded to the ads were not Britons but foreign workers or foreign nationals.

“A 25-hour-a-week cleaning job paying £10 an hour that was advertised in  London attracted in excess of 225 applications. Of these, just 17 were from British workers. “

Most of the applicants were from Romania, Poland, Nepal, Brazil and China.

“The kitchen job in Manchester, meanwhile, attracted 46 applications of which almost two-thirds were from foreign-born workers. “

In Australia, both the Wall Street Journal and BBC reported a surge in unemployment rate to an eight-month high in July, showing concerns about a slowdown in its economy.

 On the other hand, international students bring in billions in tuitions, income that help the country of enrolment.

 Student to Work, to Resident

 Students from the Philippines and other countries take up courses overseas for two main reasons: first, to have a world-class qualification that will merit a bigger starting pay salary back home and second, to pursue permanent work and residency in the country of studies.

 Until 2 April 2012,  New Zealand is the only country offering an opportunity for permanent work and residency after completion of a one-year diploma course.

 Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA do not have a similar program.  Australia and Canada requires foreign students to complete a two-year full time academic study before they could switch to work visas and residency, Canadian Experience Class for Canada and a three-year Conditional Residency in Australia.

 Respectable and established educational institutions in New Zealand such as Edenz Colleges, National Tertiary Education Consortium (NTEC) and North Shore International Academy (NSIA) have one year courses that a Filipino student visa applicant could pursue.  These schools are represented in the Philippines by authorized and accredited educational consultants such as the Immigrant Visa Center (IVC).

 In a recent visit to Auckland – where Edenz, NTEC and NSIA have their main campuses, Filipino students express their satisfaction with the courses they are taking.

 Rosemarie Manlapig for example, taking up a National Certificate in Hospitality Operations with NTEC not only works part time during school days (a maximum of 20-hours per week during school and full time work during vacation are allowed) but also finds time – and gets published – for on the job training she gets while learning and earning.  Rose was recently featured in the Filipino Migrant News in Auckland as a “Singing Chef.”

For more information on studying in New Zealand, call the Immigrant Visa Center at 02-634-8717

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.


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