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A positive development on petitions by US-citizen parents


The recently released August 2014 Visa Bulletin of the US Department of State reveals an unusual movement in the priority dates of certain petitions of US citizens. For the first time in many years, the priority dates for the first preference category (F1) petitions by US citizens on behalf of their adult single children are advancing faster than petitions by green card holders under the F2B category. What is accelerating the priority dates under the F1 category?

Posted: July 20th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

As Vietnam’s women go abroad, dads tend the home

In this photo taken April 17, 2014, Pham Duc Viet works in his carpentry shop in Vu Hoi, Vietnam. Nine years ago, when Viet's wife moved to Taiwan to work as a maid, he took over her household chores and childcare responsibilities. Now his double duty is second nature. "There are lots of other guys around here who do the same thing," he said, adding that his wife plans to return home for good this year. AP

When his wife moved to Taiwan nine years ago to work as a maid — earning far more than she could in the rice paddies of this northern Vietnamese hamlet — Pham Duc Viet took over the household chores and raised their two children on top of his regular work as a farmer and carpenter.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Detentions a ‘risk’ faced by undocumented US migrants, says Fil-Am Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas

Immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas said Wednesday his detention by US border agents in Texas was just an example of the risks that undocumented immigrants face every day in America.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »


Good moral character matters in immigration and naturalization processes


Jonas was petitioned by an American employer to work as a software engineer. He was given a working (H1B) visa in 2005, valid until 2008. A year after his arrival, however, Jonas was arrested while traveling domestically from Los Angeles to New York. A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in his luggage. Jonas was taken into custody and charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance, a criminal offense.

Posted: July 6th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Franco Consolacion and the victory of Filipino accountants in California


Franco Consolacion was always a dreamer. He immigrated to the United States with his family after martial law was declared in the Philippines in September 1972. He had been a successful Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a “topnotcher” in the accountancy exams, and was teaching accounting at the University of the East.

Posted: June 29th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »