Playing it safe (Part 1 of 2)

NEW YORK – There are immigrant stories of struggles and triumphs in every community across America where people from all over the world come, in search of the proverbial American dream. What they don’t know, in fact, is that the dream only starts when one’s immigration status is...

Californians greet 2015 with new laws

Of the many laws that greeted Californians in 2015 many have varied significant effects but one law that had been debated fiercely and fought so hard for concerned giving driving privilege to significant number of undocumented people and one that will alter the driving complexion...

Key elements of a sponsorship application

By Atty. Henry Moyal Q. I was born in Canada and want to sponsor a woman from the Philippines that I met online. We married last year in Las Vegas. I have never sponsored anyone before and do not know what to do. What do I need to know so this goes smoothly? A. Assuming you are...

Worker should leave abusive employer

Q. I’m a live-in caregiver who is new to this country. The employer who first hired me lost his job and was not able to pay my salary. I then sought the help of an agency who charged me $1500 to look for an employer. The agency told me that it is better to have any new employer...

An expired work permit could be fatal to permanent resident application

Q. I entered Canada as a live in caregiver and have been working for over two years. I did not apply for permanent residence yet. My work permit expired five months ago and I did not renew it because I had a problem with my passport. Can I apply for permanent residence now and...

PHL, New Zealand to launch working holiday scheme

Another significant milestone in Philippines-New Zealand bilateral relations has been reached with the launch of the Working Holiday Scheme (WHS). Effective 05 February 2014, Filipinos and New Zealanders, ages 18 to 30 years, will be able to apply for the WHS visa allowing them...

Hong Kong imposes sanctions on PHL over hostage drama

HONG KONG (AFP) – Hong Kong announced Wednesday it was imposing sanctions on the Philippines because of its “unacceptable” failure to apologize for a deadly hostage crisis more than three years ago. The current visa-free arrangement for visiting Philippine diplomats and officials...

NO APOLOGIES: PHL stands firm in diplomatic row with Hong Kong

MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines insisted Thursday it would not apologize for a 2010 hostage crisis in which Hong Kong tourists died, saying its response to the tragedy had been generous and compassionate. The statement came after the Hong Kong government announced on Wednesday it...

Israel grants Filipina X-Factor winner license to sing

JERUSALEM (AFP) – A 47-year-old Filipina caregiver who won Israel’s X-Factor talent show has been granted permission to earn a living as a singer in the Jewish state, officials said on Monday. Rose Fostanes, the only foreign contestant on the show, moved to Israel six years ago,...

Great way to Experience Korea: Koreastay

For anyone who wants to visit Korea at a competitive price and also experience the family culture of Korea first hand, this is the perfect program. In a nutshell, this program provides Korean families who welcome foreign tourists for short/extended stay at their homes. Of course,...