Immigration

BI blocks illegal entry of 9 Indians in NAIA

MANILA — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) intercepted nine Indian nationals who attempted to enter the country illegally using fake visas and travel documents at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the foreigners, who were caught with fake visas and other spurious documents, were intercepted at the NAIA 3 terminal …

More Filipinos may leave Saudi next week

MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said another batch of undocumented Filipinos may be repatriated from Saudi Arabia next week. “The next batch most likely will be (repatriated) next week. We had one (batch) last week,” said Raul Dado, executive director of DFA office of migrant workers affairs. Dado said 5,176 …

POEA blacklists Micronesia hospital

MANILA — The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) cautioned those who are looking for work overseas not to accept offers coming from Chuuk State Hospital in the Federated States of Micronesia. In a statement, POEA officer-in-charge Aristodes Ruaro noted that the said hospital was barred from recruiting Filipino workers following reports of continuing maltreatment, contract …

UN report: Migrants sending billions more home than in 2007

Migrants are sending home billions of dollars more than they did a decade ago—and the rate of growth in remittances is almost double the increase in migration, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday. The report commissioned by the International Fund for Agricultural Development says that remittances increased by 51 per cent during the decade …

Express Entry to begin awarding additional points to candidates with siblings in Canada and to candidates with strong French language skills

Markham, ON – Improvements to the Express Entry system that took effect on June 6 help support the integration of skilled workers as they build their new life in Canada. This benefits Canada as newcomers are able to more quickly put their skills to use to help strengthen and grow Canada’s economy. “Economic immigration programs …

Gov’t urged to prepare contingency plan for OFWs in Qatar amid Gulf row

MANILA — A senator on Tuesday urged concerned government agencies to provide assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Qatar and neighboring countries amid ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Middle East. “With the ongoing tension in the Middle East, I urge the DFA, DOLE, OWWA, (Departments of Foreign Affairs, Labor and Employment, Overseas Workers Welfare …

Woman who died in attempt to cross border was trying to get to daughter

WINNIPEG—The president of the Ghanian Union of Manitoba says a 57-year-old woman who died last week south of the border at Emerson, Man., was trying to get to Toronto to visit her only child, a daughter who had given birth five weeks ago. Maggie Yeboah said Thursday that she has spoken to the daughter, who …

Senator Enverga questions lengthy processing times for caregivers’ permanent residency applications

Ottawa—On May 4, the Honourable Tobias C. Enverga Jr., Ontario Senator, questioned the Government Representative in the Senate during question period about the unacceptably long wait times that caregivers face to have their permanent residency applications processed under the Trudeau government. Senator Enverga had previously questioned the minister himself on this very matter in October …

Getting Settled: Preparing for your first year in Canada

Moving to a new country can be both exciting and overwhelming. It’s a time of change from the familiar, and being prepared and knowledgeable about the first few things to attend to would go a long way. “Every year, Canada welcomes thousands of newcomers from all around the world,” says Ivy Chiu, Senior Director, Cultural …

Families who sheltered fugitive Snowden looking for fast track asylum to Canada

MONTREAL—The families who sheltered U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden in Hong Kong need to be brought to Canada immediately while the country processes their asylum claims, their lawyers said Monday. Hong Kong-based attorney Robert Tibbo said Canada needs to take this “exceptional” step and allow the seven people to enter the country after the Hong Kong …