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THE Grinch came instead of Santa Claus, green instead of red, but verdant was cause for pause and holiday anguish. Next month’s US Visa Bulletin – announcing who are nearing the end of their immigrant visa waiting days – stopped visa interviews and left hundreds of thousands hanging until next…

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ACTUALLY, this column is about how corruption in the Philippines has forced Filipino nurses to leave the country in droves, like passengers escaping the virus of politicians’ plunder—including the P3.8 billion worth of trains contracted with Busan Universal Rail, Inc. Okay, time to backtrack a bit. In July 2012, BBC…

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DARK clouds and a silver lining. Canada needs 1 million immigrants by 2020to support 5 million Canadians retiring by 2035—sparkling words from Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen , himself an immigrant from Somalia. Hussen noted that with the current immigration rate and the intended increase in the next three years—310,000…

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“We don’t need no education, We don’t need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom, Teachers leave them kids alone…” PINK Floyd, an English rock band formed in London in 1965, waxed philosophical about classrooms, students and teachers in their song, “Another Brick in the Wall”. The group…

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MORE and less: that’s what I discovered in last week’s visit to Seoul, 190 kilometers from a ‘supreme’ threat. Kyumin Lim has witnessed the decline of tourists to Seoul and South Korea since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un traded personal insults. Words apparently are indeed…

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A YEAR before the 2016 presidential elections–during and immediately after the Republicans chose Donald Trump as the Grand Old Party’s nominee and eventual US President—the United States admitted 1,051,031 immigrants. The American Community Survey (ACS) reported that there were approximately 11.6 million Mexican immigrants in the US in 2015. What…

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FROM just over 10,000 in 2001, the number of Filipinos in New Zealand increased to more than 40,347 in 2013 (the last census published), a significant number of whom were nurses and engineers. Approximately 2,000 more join their kababayan as international students each year. To practice their profession, PRC-licensed nurses…

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FILIPINO-Australians remain the fifth-largest migrant community in Australia. According to the 2014 census, 225,110 Filipinos have made Australia their home, constituting 3.4 percent of Australia’s overseas-born residents and one percent of Australian’s total population. More Filipinos were able to migrate Down Under based on their skills and profession than family…

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UNTIL 2011, the cut-off dates for the EB3 and OW had been different. The EB3 had always been ahead. But in 2013, the EB3 cut-off date was 08 December 2005 while the OW was three months back, September 15 of the same year. I am sharing the priority dates for…

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