A Risk Worth Taking: A Filipina’s Immigration Story to New Zealand

It takes great courage to move out of the safety of your comfort zone, especially if you’ve already established a stable career after moving up the corporate ladder, and you have your family to think about. However, some risks are worth taking, and this Filipina’s story is a great example. Frida Diaz had humble beginnings. She started her career as a server in a restaurant in the Philippines. She worked different jobs in order to support her family, including as a Food Court Manager with SM Malls and as a Leasing Manager in the Metro Retail Stores Group. Her climb...

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An Info-guide on Visa Free Destinations for Filipinos

Indulge in your wanderlust and take advantage of visa-free access to different foreign countries for your vacation. Applying for a visa requires a lot of effort and time. It’s hecka expensive, too. And you’re not even sure if you’ll get approved if you go through the whole process. It’s frustrating, and time-consuming. And it’s not worth all that hassle if you just need a short vacation. What’s the solution? Visa-free travel. If you’re experiencing a travel bug, or you want a short break from all the stress of your work and daily life, a short, visa-free vacation is perfect. Visa-free...

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Ever Dreamed of Living Overseas? This 29-year old can Make it all Happen

A lot of Filipinos really dream of living overseas. For so long as I could recall, we have always had the concept that that the grass is greener on the other side.   Unfortunately, for a lot of people in the Philippines, it is true. The only way to take better care of your family is by going overseas, working your butt off, and then sending some money home. The exchange rate alone is enough to inspire you to hustle.   For a lot of folks, this dream is way beyond reach. You see, there is this dreadful obstacle that always...

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Your Tourist Visa got Denied, Now What?

I have been getting a lot of questions lately from our beloved readers who have been denied a visa by the US Embassy. I will be addressing your questions through these posts so we can filter out topics. So your US Visa got denied? Read About My Visa Denials Here Don't worry! US Tourist Visas do not have a wait time to re apply. But before you start jumping up and down and investing another $160 for an interview, let's evaluate what happened. How did you answer the consulate? Have you heard that expression, 'a fish is caught by it's...

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US Green Card Interview Experience

I know it has been a while since I wrote an article, but all for a very good reason. I was preparing for the dreaded "Green Card Interview." The most coveted resident card in the world, the US Permanent Resident card or Green card, is the key to a foreigner's American dream.  Once you get it, you will have the same (almost the same) benefits as that of  a U.S. Citizen. If you have read my previous posts, you know that my journey in getting to America has not been easy. My US Citizen husband has been working in the Philippines, making it...

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Easiest way to apply for a Canadian Visa for Filipinos

Forget the lines. Forget the consulate interviews. Here is a very easy way to go to North America for a vacation. Choose Canada! I have always been told about how easy it is to get a Canadian tourist visa by my friends. But it wasn't until I helped my dad get his visa that I realized how true it was. Be aware that just because the process is easy, does not mean that you don't have to prove your eligibility to get the visa. You should still gather as much evidence to prove your homeland ties just as much as...

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Follow These Important Steps and Get Your US Tourist Visa Approved

  The US Visa tourist visa is one of the hardest visas to get. If you haven't read my journey to acquiring this golden ticket, you can read about it here (My Journey to the Land of the Free) and you can read about my visa denials here. After doing numerous research, interviewing visa eligible individuals, and overcoming my tidal wave of emotions, I have compiled a list of tips to help other Visa applicants. I am determined to help you get your US Tourist Visa approved. 1. Be strategic with the purpose of your travel View image | gettyimages.com I understand...

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Familienzusammenführung

Every time I hear US Visa application horror stories, I can't help but smirk in my head as I recall my German Visa application process and how EASY it was for me. I applied for it, went to the embassy in Manila to submit all my documents and got the visa 2 weeks later. Why? Because I have a German baby. I know, it sounds horrible. But really, I am the mother of a German child. The child has the right to be in Germany, it (in this case she) being a German citizen and has a right to have her mother/primary...

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My US Tourist Visa Denial Story

My experience with the US Embassy in Manila is bitter sweet. I applied for my US tourist visa, 5 times. Denied 4x before I finally got the "matamis na Oo (Sweet YES)" of the US Consulate. When my husband I started dating, he wanted to take me back to NY to experience winter with him. So I said yes, I will apply for the US tourist visa. I was excited and a little bit scared. I have heard some horrible horrible stories about the whole US tourist visa process (who hasn't?) We started the process by setting up a new account...

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