Immigration

Filipino couple in Canada spared from deportation

Filipino couple Chris and Jona Pineda, who joined other temporary foreign workers who expressed dissatisfaction from Canadian employer Pierre Pelletier, were spared from their then nearing deportation. Pelletier was a Tim Hortons employer based in British Columbia, who allegedly cheated on his employees’ overtime pays and threatened them of deportation. His workers then filed human …

Filipina mother denied permanent residency due to deaf daughter

According to the final decision of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Filipina caregiver Karen Talosig, 38, is not eligible to a Canadian permanent residency status because she has an ‘inadmissible’ deaf daughter. Talosig has worked as a caregiver in Vancouver, Canada since 2008. She then started to work for a Kitsilano resident Helene Whitefield in 2009. …

Canadian gov’t urge to address lack of funding for family home health care providers

Mississauga, Ontario — Health Care providers and Peel Region community leaders expressed their frustration for the lack of family home health care funding from both federal and provincial governments. Voices from community members were also heard expressing their concerns about poor and inadequate health care funding for Aboriginal communities of Canada. Similar concerns were also …

Controversial law that allows revocation of Canadian citizenship goes into effect

TORONTO — The federal government says it now has the power to revoke the citizenship of some Canadians convicted of terrorism, treason or espionage. A controversial new law, first introduced last June, went into effect on Friday. The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration says there are several serious crimes that could result in dual citizens …

Tribunal, unions: Temporary foreign workers vulnerable to sexual harassment

After concluding a sexual harassment case filed by two Mexican workers at an Ontario fish-processing plant, an Ontario Human Rights Tribunal stressed the vulnerability of temporary foreign workers to be sexually abused. The Mexican workers, who were sisters, were threatened of being deported by their employer at Presteve Foods in Ontario if they refused to …

POEA warns Filipino workers against direct-hiring

MANILA — The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) warned Filipino workers particularly household service workers (HSWs) against direct-hiring schemes by erring foreign employers online. POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said Filipinos should be wary of such employment arrangement as it would involve risks. “They should not fall for this scheme…since they will be given contracts, which …

Saudi employers can not force Filipino workers to surrender passports — DFA

MANILA — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saudi Arabia employers can not force Filipino workers to surrender their passports, warning that doing so is a violation of the Kingdom’s laws. Manila made the statement in light of complaints from Filipino workers that their Saudi employers are requiring them to turn over their travel …

PHL officials in Riyadh warn against fake embassy staff

MANILA — Philippine officials in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has warned the public to transact only with legitimate personnel of the embassy as some individuals claiming to be employees of the chancery have allegedly extorted money from Filipinos in exchange for passport services and repatriation. The embassy issued the advisory Thursday after complaints surfaced against three …

Advocates: Gov’t secretly shutting down foreign caregiver program

Several advocates claim that the Canadian foreign caregiver program is slowly being suppressed by continuous low acceptance rate and growing backlogs in granting permanent residency to qualified applicants. Advocates then accuse the Canadian government for secretly shutting down the program by the new demands, costs and delays discouraging caregivers from abroad. Following a revised caregiver …

Canada Police: Phone scams rampant, target ‘clueless’ immigrants

Ace Reality broker Laxmi Mital, who is an Indian immigrant to Canada for 44 years, claimed that a representative of the ‘Consulate General of India’ and the ‘Canadian Immigration Service’ had been calling him for complaints filed against him and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine. Mital said that the incident did not just …

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