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2 days ago

Are H-1b Workers Paid Much Less Than Us Workers?

Mention H-1B work visas to a bunch of American programmers or engineers and you're likely to hear a cry of outrage. H-1B visa holders, it is commonly said, are responsible for taking jobs away from hardworking American high-tech workers. In addition, disgruntled American techies often complain that H-1B workers are paid much less than their American counterparts. They claim that companies typically use H-1Bs as cheap labor, and that this results in lowered wages for Americans and foreigners alike. In response, defenders of the H-1B program argue that these foreign workers help the economy grow and that there are adequate safeguards to ensure that they earn comparable wages.

The truth,

2 days ago

U.S. Visas: It’s Not Magic, But it Still Doesn’t Hurt to Consult a Wizard

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The State Department's recent launch of our new and improved website has a special option for our visa applicants: it allows you to consult a wizard. The new Visa Wizard ( feature is a user friendly way to find out what type of visa suites your purpose of travel to the U.S. Just type in the country you are from and why you want to visit the United States and the Wizard will direct you toward the most appropriate visa class for you. The site tries to present information as clearly and simply as possible. Don't waste time trying to dig through the dense information on legal sites. Go straight to the source and ask the State Department's Migration Agent Melbourne own in-house wizard.

5 days ago

Show Schedule - CBS News


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

"60 Minutes Presents: Three Remarkable Women," a special hour hosted by Morley Safer - Watch it now

Dolly - Dolly Parton, the oh-so-country music superstar with the city-slicker sense of show business talks to Morley Safer about her childhood, her career and the Broadway production of her film, "9 to 5." David Browning and Diane Beasley are the producers.

Anna Wintour -The sunglasses come off the high-queen of haute couture in this rare and unprecedented interview, in which the Vogue editor reveals why she always wears them and much more to Morley Safer in her first long-length interview for U.S. television

1 week ago

Travel & Leisure :: Tourist Visa 9A Philippines

This visa is issued to foreigners (restricted and non-restricted) for the purpose of pleasure, business and/or medical treatment.

Foreigners who intend to stay in the Philippines longer than 21 days must obtain a fifty-nine day visa at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate before travelling to the Philippines. However, if a foreigner enters the country on an entry stamp and intends to stay longer, he can apply for a 38-day visa waiver at the Bureau of Immigration in Intramuros (Manila) or at any Immigration sub-office in the country to obtain a total of 59 day stay in the country. Please refer to the illustration below:

entry stamp for 21 days + 38 day waiver = 59 days

Note: A tourist visa 9A holder is prohibited to obtain any form of employment, to engage in business or to study in any learning institution in the country.


Duly filled application form (BI Form No. MCL-07-01)

Passport valid for at least six months before the intended travel to the Philippines

One 2" x 2" photograph taken within the last six (6) months with the applicant's signature on the front side of the picture

A photocopy of the applicant's air ticket or confirmed itinerary.

Proof of financial capacity (e.g. traveller's cheques, latest print-out of credit card account(s), latest print-out of bank statements, ownership of real estate properties, and other documents showing the applicant's capacity to financially support himself for his stay in the Philippines)

Note: If the application is made by an agent or a representative, the application form must be notarized by a notary public, a lawyer or a solicitor.

Fees in Pesos (if applying in the Philippines)

For the extension of 21 day entry stamp for another 38 days

Visa Waiver 500.00

Visa Waiver Application Fee


Certification Fee


Express fee (Certification)


Express fee (For processing)


Legal Research Fee (LRF) for each item




Note: The application fee/s for the temporary visitor's visa (tourist visa) abroad vary from the Philippine Embassy or Consulate or the currency of the host country. Please contact the Embassy or Consulate for information.

Further Extensions: Tourists visas can be extended beyond 59 days. Please see our visa extensions page.

The Temporary Visitor's Visa can be converted to another form of non-immigrant or immigrant visa. Below is the list of all non-immigrant and immigrant visas which can be obtained through the Temporary Visitor's Visa.

Student Visa

Pre-Arranged Employee Visa - Commercial

Pre-Arranged Employee Visa - Missionary

Treaty Trader's Visa

Returning Resident

Children of the Resident Immigrants

Returning Former Filipino Resident

Immigrant - Quota (13)

Permanent Resident Visa (13A)

Temporary Resident Visa (13A)

1 week ago

History of Immigration to America

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1 week ago

Can immigration reform pass in 2014?

Of the many issues left unfinished by Congress when they

left town for the holiday break, an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws

is one that is certainly not going away.

2013 saw the first major attempt at a comprehensive immigration

reform bill since 2006-2007, when it was a top priority for

President George W. Bush. Anger from the right and the left helped kill

several pieces of legislation, shelving the issue for several years.

2 weeks ago

Expat? 14 best places in the world to live and work


By Laurie Kulikowski/

If you have always wanted to live abroad, there are plenty of great places to choose from.

Take Ecuador, for instance.

The small South American country ranked first among those surveyed by expatriate-focused social network InterNations in "personal happiness," "finding friends," "personal finance" and "cost of living" and fifth for "working abroad." Ecuador has 15 million people and a small economy ($90 billion in gross domestic product) but might just be the next best place to wherever you are now if you must leave.

InterNations conducted its survey online, asking nearly 14,000 expats from 169 countries a series of questions about the quality of their lives in their new homes. Factors such as overall quality of life, family life, cost of living and others were given weight based on how important survey respondents ranked them for their overall happiness.

Here are the 14 top countries in the world for expats, starting from least friendly to most.