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May
12
2014

US work visa rule tweaked to keep migrant workers

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The United States do not want to lose highly skilled foreign workers, and so, to prevent this from happening, the country has expressed its plans to make a minor tweak in the prevailing visa rules and may soon start implementing it for migrant workers in the US.

The old visa rule goes like this: Migrant workers who has an H-1B visa, the visa issued to those who secured a job in the US under a company sponsorship are allowed to work under a limited term/contract. IF their spouses plan to go to the US and stay with them, they can get an H-4 visa (which allows them to stay in the US but not to work).

Under the revised visa rule, a spouse of an H-1B visa holder may also get the same visa to be able to work in the US, live with their partner and thus, retaining the highly skilled worker.

The visa rule change also applies to spouses of H1-B visa holders who have applied for green cards or permanent residency cards.

This move by the United States is aimed to retain highly skilled migrant workers especially in the science and technology industry and help n the growth of the US economy.

The visa rule change will be available after it is published in the Federal register and open for public comment.

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Published in: Laws and Immigration
Oct
9
2013

PinayTraveler to US Got Detained and Deported

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A 63-year old Filipina relayed her rude and traumatic experience in the hands of  US immigration officers by sending an email to local media organizations. In the email, Carina Yonzon Grande claims that she was harassed and detained for six hours by immigration officials upon her arrival at Seattle International Airport last October 1. The US officers even called her a liar when she said that her travel purpose is to visit her grandson and attend the wedding of her daughter on October 26.

Grande who  is at that time traveling to America for the 13th time was accused of  being undocumented and with the intention of working as a caregiver to a 90-year old relative in US. The officers said that when they contacted the relatives of Grande, the said aunt said that Grande is set to be her carer.

Grande was made to choose between being jailed or deported. She said she chose deportation as  she is already tired and hungry after six hours of interrogation.

The US Embassy in Manila is yet to give a statement regarding the complaint of Grande. On the other hand, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) promised help to the deported Pinay. The DFA Spokesperson, Raul Hernandez said,  ”We are ready to receive more details from the complainant and assist her through our office that handles Assistance to National cases. Based on these specific details we will move forward on this issue.”

Hernandez also said that in accordance to the  international standards for the treatment of foreign nationals, the Philippines expects all nations to treat Filipino travelers with respect and dignity.

 

 

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Published in: OFW News, OFW Stories
Oct
23
2012

“Walang Sikreto” Campaign of US Embassy Fights Scams

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Filipinos who wants to apply for a US Visa are an easy target for unscrupulous individuals and syndicates who offer fake services in exchange for a huge fee.

The public service campaign of the US Embassy called “Walang Sikreto” aims to encourage US visa applicants to be honest in their applications and to warn them against seeking the services of visa fixers. It also aims to make the public more aware of fraud activities and appeal to the public to report any suspected fraud activities on their official website: manila.usembassy.gov.

 

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Published in: OFW News, OFW Tips and Guides
Feb
22
2012

US Embassy Manila to Hold 3-day Event in Iloilo City

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The US Embassy Manila invites locals of Iloilo City and its neighbor provinces to join them on America in 3D: Diplomacy, development and Defense on March 2, 3 and 4 at the SM City Iloilo, Iloilo City.

 

The event will feature performances from various artist, introduction of American culture and free seminar regarding visa application, how to study in US and more!

America in 3D will also give free sports clinic and dance lessons to participants. Admission is Free! To learn more about the America in 3D, visit US Embassy Manila Official Facevook Page.

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Published in: Events
Jul
4
2011

America in 3D Goes to Baguio: July 8 -10

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Everyone is invited to attend the America in 3D, an event that highlights   American culture, values, and society. This fun and  free event will happen  in SM City Baguio from July 8 through 10, from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The three-day weekend will include a full lineup of musical performances (everything from jazz to hip-hop, from country music to Broadway tunes), free samplings of American food, cooking demonstrations, and information about U.S. visas and applying to study in the United States.

“America in 3D” was held first in Quezon City this March and, after its second launch in Baguio, it is heading to Cebu later in the year.

For updates and a full program schedule, please visit the Embassy’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/manila.usembassy and website at http://manila.usembassy.gov/.

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Published in: Events


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