CRISPIN R. ARANDA

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PRESIDENTS Benigno S. Aquino and Barack Obama walk with a limp – literally and figuratively. Both are considered lame ducks. Both presidents have another issue hounding them in common: migration. Wait, there’s more. The US and the Philippine economies are performing well. But will the statistics keep the last two…

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If you are not eligible to apply for Skilled Migration to New Zealand or any other country with permanent migration program such as Australia, Canada, UK and the USA–and you do not have an Employer that would let you pursue residency, remember that with lots of green “Students are Welcome.”…

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DALLAS, TEXAS: Work abroad at your own risk. That is the clear message of the Philippine government to Overseas Filipino Workers. Two days ago, Philippine President B. S. Aquino said that “Filipinos in Ebola-hit countries might have to be brought home.” As to how such repatriation can and shall be…

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About 362 million travelers (citizens and non-citizens) entered the United States in 2013 – from October 2012 to September 2013, the US government’s fiscal year. From visa applications to departure and arrival documents that 362 million travelers have to fill up and complete – that’s a lot of paper work.…

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This week we shall focus on common visa and migration questions that come to us by text or email from our Manila Times readers, listeners and viewers of “Amerika, Atbp.” on Radyo Agila and Net 25 of Eagle Broadcasting Corp. I selected “textions”—questions sent by text and emails that represent…

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October is the January of US Immigration—an important date to know if you have an approved US Family-sponsored or Employment-based petition. In a manner of speaking, when the petition is filed, an egg is laid. Then the incubation period begins. Visa applicants (the persons being petitioned for) watch the movement…

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Why do OFWs leave home and, even when confronted with extreme danger – still refuse to come home? The answer is based on real life situations, not from official number crunchers. OFWs, after all, cannot eat statistics, no matter how sumptuous the praise releases are. While Mark Twain popularized the…

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Australia allocates 190,000 permanent resident visas for skilled migrants, family-sponsored visa applicants as well as those in the special eligibility stream. For those seeking to migrate based on their occupation, talent, skills (OFWs mostly), Australia has created the SkillSelect program, patterned after New Zealand’s Expression of Interest route. This online…

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Filipinos discovered Canada more than 400 years after the United States. Yet the Filipino Canadian community is now just second to the US in terms of permanent residents contributing to the country’s foreign exchange reserves, strengthening the peso, keeping the Philippine economy robust and saving the government from being called…

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In 1990, there were 1,620.242 registered motor vehicles in the Philippines. Seventeen years later, the Philippine Transportation Statistics report showed the number shot up to 5,530,052. The country has only one main artery connecting Metro Manila to the north. On the road user’s front, the National Capital Region alone has…

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