Immigration

So, Must You Leave Everything Behind?

Pangarap: So, Our Journey Begins Only when you decide to leave everything behind, and know there is no way to move but forward … that you can hope to find that job or that new life and not for a moment think of quitting. I remember when I was deciding to leave, I had an …

The Heart of a Filipino Longing to Return Home

Pangarap: So, Our Journey Begins To live and or work abroad is a personal decision.  After all, life is all about choices, they say. Growing up, we watched family, friends, relatives, neighbors and even strangers  leaving to migrate or simply to work abroad. We hear about the reasons that pertain to uplifting the social and …

UPAA BC’s First Seminar for Temporary Foreign Workers

BC AS CAN BE Last May, the University of the Philippines Alumni Association in British Columbia (UPAABC), in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver and Vancity had its first outreach program for 2013 by holding a free seminar for temporary foreign workers (TFWs) titled “Options and Opportunities for Becoming a Permanent Resident”. The function …

7 success secrets for Canadian immigrants

On the Move Naeem “Nick” Noorani, well known motivational speaker, social entrepreneur,  former publisher of the monthly magazine, “Canadian Immigrant”  recently brought his cross-Canada workshop series, “7  Success Secrets for Canadian Immigrants” to Coquitlam. The event which was  held in co-ordination with Immigrant Services Society of BC last July 24 drew a good number of newcomers all …

Celebrating Canada Day

On the Move We’re happy to offer to Philippine Canadian Inquirer readers this new column where we bring you up-to-date immigration and citizenship news and information, expert opinions, settlement resources and programs.  Likewise, we’ll feature stories and insights on  new  immigrants’ life journeys and experiences in Canada. Fittingly, we begin this column with accounts of …

A networking experience for internationally-trained professionals

On the Move The  Immigrant Services Society of BC through the Skills Connect Program held a highly informative  networking session at its Terminal Avenue office last August 29  intended for new immigrants who are internationally-trained trades/architectural and engineering professionals. Filipino interior designer George Verdolaga and Geoff Sale, Manager of Applied Science Techonologists and Technicians of …

Finding that (elusive?) job

It is not a secret that the world—okay, we need not go far—Canada—is an arid landscape nowadays for jobs. Let us qualify that. There is an abundance of jobs, except that the populace (or more specifically, the new immigrants) have skills that are not suited for the available jobs, and the available jobs require blue …

Tips on Achieving Permanent Resident Status

On the Move The inaugural publication of this column, On The Move, was warmly received and we would like to thank you, the readers of the Philippine Canadian Inquirer who reached out to us with your comments and questions. We invite you to continue forwarding your comments and questions on what you’d like to see …

Are Filipino families going to be reunited in their lifetimes?

Canada, going the way of America—at least in immigration—is the fear of most Filipino-Canadians. In America, family reunification is a farce, or at least the 25 years or so of waiting makes the lives of separated families seem like one. Those who leave have to reckon with their guilt; those who are left behind are …

A Trip Back to CapU

BC AS CAN BE I just recently took a trip back to Capilano University, a year and a half ago after completing three months of studies under the Business and Culture for Foreign Trained Professionals (BCFTP) program. I was invited by Leslie Kozak, the manager of CapU’s Continuing Education Program to speak to the present batch of …

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