Lacson to US lawmakers opposing anti-terror law: ‘Shut up, hypocrites’

MANILA, July 18 (Mabuhay) — Senator Panfilo Lacson on Friday questioned the moral ascendancy of some US Congress members to oppose and criticize the Philippines’ anti-terror law. “I wonder how many among those 50 or so members of the US Congress voted in favor of their own country’s Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001… These US Congress […]

18.07.2020 · Filled under: Legal Matters, News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

BI division recommends filing deportation case vs. Chinese who hurt cyclist, spat on guard

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — An official of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Saturday said a recommendation has been made to file a deportation case against a Chinese national who recently hurt a cyclist and spat on a security guard. BI National Operations Center spokesperson and chief Melvin Mabulac said the Chinese national identified as Dong […]

12.07.2020 · Filled under: Legal Matters, News, Philippine News ·

PH retains highest classification in US anti-TIP standards

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The United States retained Manila’s Tier 1 status in its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, the highest classification, for the fifth year in a row. The State Department recognized Manila’s assistance to a total of 6,772 potential trafficking victims and around 1,143 Filipino trafficking survivors from the Middle East and Asia. […]

01.07.2020 · Filled under: Legal Matters, News, Philippine News ·
Many Eligible For Prop. 47 Relief Still Need to Apply

Many Eligible For Prop. 47 Relief Still Need to Apply

Viji Sundaram OAKLAND, Calif. – California’s Prop. 47 allows many individuals to change certain felonies into misdemeanors on their criminal records – but less than a quarter of those eligible have submitted their requests, and the window of opportunity could expire next year. Eighteen months into Prop. 47’s enactment, the state has received some 211,000 […]

22.06.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Legal Matters, Services ·
PHL’s ‘The Dreamweaver’ wows audience at the 2016 Euro Asia Shorts closing night

PHL’s ‘The Dreamweaver’ wows audience at the 2016 Euro Asia Shorts closing night

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “The Dreamweaver,” the Philippines’ entry to the closing night of the 2016 Euro Asia Short Film Festival, garnered admiration and generated discussion from the panelists and audience on 10 June 2016. Film and movie enthusiasts gathered at the Embassy of Italy for the 5th and closing night of the film festival which featured nine short […]

21.06.2016 · Filled under: Art, Entertainment, Film, Happenings, Legal Matters, Local News ·
California’s new paid sick leave law

California’s new paid sick leave law

Recently, the California State Legislature passed the Healthy Workplace, Healthy Family’s Act of 2014 (HWHFA) requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees.  An employee who on or after July 1, 2015 works in California for 30 or more days within a year, and satisfies a 90-day employment period before taking any sick […]

11.11.2015 · Filled under: Jacob M. Krall, Legal Matters, Services ·
Back wages: They belong to you

Back wages: They belong to you

Filed in Wage Enforcement, Workplace Rights by Michael Eastwood on August 22, 2015 In the Wage and Hour Division, we feel a particular pride and satisfaction knowing that workers who have suffered labor violations end up receiving their entitled back wages. During our investigations we meet workers and ask them questions about their work, their hours and their pay […]

31.08.2015 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
New Canadian citizenship rules now in effect

New Canadian citizenship rules now in effect

By the time subscribers read this article the laws pertaining to Canadian Citizenship will have changed. While the Canadian government has hinted long ago of changes to key components of Canadian Citizenship eligibility, the exact time of implementation was unknown. The timing of the changes was crucial for many as new rules will no doubt […]

23.06.2015 · Filled under: Legal Matters, Services ·
Manny Pacquiao vs. Mel Saluma

Manny Pacquiao vs. Mel Saluma

This is not a story about boxing. This is not a sports article nor an analysis of who should have won the “fight of the century”. It is however, a story about good vs. evil – and I don’t mean Floyd Mayweather. While most of humanity (at least in North America and the Philippines) were glued to […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: Legal Matters, Services ·
Discharge  the second mortgage and keep the house!

Discharge the second mortgage and keep the house!

Discharging a Deed of Trust in bankruptcy! A second or third mortgage can be stripped off the title of your home, and discharged as unsecured debt in a chapter 13 bankruptcy. Imagine, your house is worth less than you owe, and now you can strip part of what you owe and still keep the property. […]

19.05.2015 · Filled under: Atty. Paul M. Allen, Columnists, Legal Matters, Services ·
Criminal charges may keep you out of Canada

Criminal charges may keep you out of Canada

I’m a US Citizen and I have married a Canadian lady in Los Angeles. I want to live in Canada and start the immigration processing but I am afraid that I will be denied. I was charged with a serious criminal offence four years ago. I am embarrassed about it but I did my time […]

29.04.2015 · Filled under: Legal Matters, Services ·
No job offer required to pass express entry

No job offer required to pass express entry

By Atty. Henry Moyal I’m a mechanical engineer with several years of work experience abroad. I have no work experience in Canada. I tried to apply under the old Federal Skilled Worker program but my application was returned because of the quota. Everyone is encouraging me to apply under the new Express Entry program but when I […]

30.03.2015 · Filled under: Legal Matters, Services ·
Employment agency must be stopped

Employment agency must be stopped

Q. I’m a nurse by profession. I was convinced by a distant relative to apply for a work permit in Canada to work as a personal support worker outside the Toronto area. The job offer was to work for a nursing home and company that guaranteed 40 hours of work per week. My relative in Toronto works for a consulting company/employment […]

10.03.2015 · Filled under: Legal Matters, Services ·
Exemption for caregiver renewals has been removed

Exemption for caregiver renewals has been removed

Q. I entered Canada to work as a live in caregiver in August 2013. I worked for over a year and then my employer passed away. After many months I finally found a new employer to hire me. I want to work right away but I do not know what my employer needs to do. My friend […]

22.02.2015 · Filled under: Legal Matters, Services ·
Renewing permanent resident card can be challenging

Renewing permanent resident card can be challenging

By Atty. Henry Moyal Q. I became a permanent resident in March 2010 with my wife and daughter. We entered Canada for over a few months and returned to the Philippines in May 2010 to look after our business. We have been back to Canada several times over the years but we have not accumulated the required 730 days to renew our […]

09.02.2015 · Filled under: Legal Matters, Services ·
29 occupations in demand where no job offer is required to apply under PNP express entry

29 occupations in demand where no job offer is required to apply under PNP express entry

This is the first article to be published since Canada Immigration overhauled its application management system. Under new rules, all economic applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker category (FSW), Canada Experience Class (CEC) and Federal Skilled Trade (FST) now must go through an added step of being selected called Express Entry. In other words, all […]

21.01.2015 · Filled under: Legal Matters, Services ·
Permanent residence for caregivers is no longer automatic

Permanent residence for caregivers is no longer automatic

Live in Caregivers in Canada have received some bad news lately. The Canadian government did warn the public that major changes were being drafted to amend the live-in caregiver program but it now seems that caregivers will not automatically become permanent residence after two years of work. The old system essentially guaranteed that a caregiver would become […]

12.12.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters, Services ·
New laws will expedite permanent residence for caregivers

New laws will expedite permanent residence for caregivers

The last few months have been precarious for caregivers. The Federal Government hinted that abuse of the system would perhaps cancel the live in caregiver program. Others worried that family members would be banned from hiring relatives. Finally, rumours were that caregivers would be granted open work permits from the start. All of those never […]

19.11.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters, Services ·
Death of nanny reveals dirty secret in our community

Death of nanny reveals dirty secret in our community

  The Toronto and Philippine Community are in shock over the recent death of Evelyn Bumatay Castillo. It has been reported that Evelyn Castillo arrived in Canada in January 2013 as a live in caregiver and was inCanada as a nanny to care for three children in Thornhill. Police reports have confirmed that she was murdered and a 32 year […]

04.11.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters, Services ·
Key elements of a sponsorship application

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 eligible to sponsor, […]

14.10.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
Worker should leave abusive employer

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 […]

15.09.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters, Services ·
An expired work permit could be fatal to permanent resident application

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 obtain an open […]

29.08.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters, Services ·
Reduction in age of dependant child is now in effect

Reduction in age of dependant child is now in effect

Applicants who are including dependant children on a permanent resident application must now be aware of new rules regarding age of dependant children. In the past, an applicant could include a unmarried child who was under 22 years of age OR include an unmarried child who was over 22 years of age on the condition […]

18.08.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
U.S.A. and Canadian permanent residence applications can be filed at same time

U.S.A. and Canadian permanent residence applications can be filed at same time

By Atty. Henry Moyal Q. I live in New York and I have visited Canada several times. I am in the process of applying for my USA greencard but I am worried that it may take too long leaving me with nothing at the end. Can I apply for Canadian permanent residence at the same […]

02.06.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
Out of status applicants in U.S.A. eligible to apply

Out of status applicants in U.S.A. eligible to apply

By Atty. Henry Moyal Q. I read that Canada’s immigration program is open and that there are many occupations in demand in Canada. I’m an experienced engineer and my wife is a manager. I believe we are qualified but need your final opinion. Most importantly, I am hesitant to apply because I am out of status here […]

16.05.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
Permanent Resident Does Not Require Job to Sponsor Spouse

Permanent Resident Does Not Require Job to Sponsor Spouse

By Atty. Henry Moyal Q. I’m a permanent resident of Canada. I landed in Ottawa, Ontario in 2005 and had a good paying job. In 2011, I returned to the Philippines to care for my ailing father and I have not returned to Canada since. During my stay in the Philippines I met a woman […]

10.04.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
Canada’s in-demand list jumps to 43 occupations in days

Canada’s in-demand list jumps to 43 occupations in days

By Atty. Henry Moyal Those who are seeking to immigrate to Canada are getting a crash course in the way bureaucracy is run in Canada – at least on the Canada Immigration level. In the last article we discussed how fast the Saskatchewan program was filled. Before that, we discussed how the 5000 slots for […]

03.04.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
25 Occupations in Demand as of March 2014

25 Occupations in Demand as of March 2014

by : Attorney Henry Moyal It was only a few months ago that the Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker Category was announced and listed two hundred occupations in demand in Canada that did not require a job offer to qualify. Unfortunately, that program was restricted to only 250 applicants and it now closed. However, Canada Immigration has just […]

14.03.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
Ghost applicant can still be sponsored

Ghost applicant can still be sponsored

by Attorney Henry Moyal Q. My name is Corazon. I applied to obtain a visa to visit Canada three times and I was refused each time. I then met someone who was able to obtain a fake passport in someone else’s name (Sharon) but with a real Canadian visa in it. I entered Canada as […]

28.02.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
Sponsoring a person with no status is possible

Sponsoring a person with no status is possible

by : Attorney Henry Moyal Q. I’m a Canadian Citizen living in Canada and in a serious relationship with my high school sweetheart. He was married previously but is now living in California. He has no status in USA. I want to sponsor him as my fiancé or spouse. I am not sure if it […]

16.01.2014 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
Meeting on Facebook can raise suspicions

Meeting on Facebook can raise suspicions

By Atty. Henry Moyal Q. I’m a Canadian born man who has met a Filipina online via Facebook. A friend of a friend sent me her profile.  We chatted for many months before we married last year but we never met until my trip to the Philippines last summer. I want to sponsor her for immigration […]

04.12.2013 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
Father Can Sponsor Son He Never Knew He Had

Father Can Sponsor Son He Never Knew He Had

By Atty. Henry Moyal Q. I have a complicated and complex case. I became an immigrant in the year 2006. I was sponsored by my mother who was working in Canada for many years. In 2006 I came to Canada with a brother and a sister. We were all single and students at the time. […]

09.11.2013 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
Nurses Can Immigrate without a Job Offer

Nurses Can Immigrate without a Job Offer

By Atty. Henry Moyal The response has been overwhelming. Nurses from all over the world, including Libya, Sri Lanka and France have expressed an interest in the new Quebec Program for Nurses that was recently announced by the Canadian Government. The details of the program were featured in an earlier article but it seems that […]

06.11.2013 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
The Fundamentals of Sponsoring a Spouse

The Fundamentals of Sponsoring a Spouse

By Atty. Henry Moyal Q. I have been a Canadian Citizen for nearly two decades. I have never sponsored anyone before. I want to sponsor my wife who is a Filipina and in Canada now as a visitor. Her status as a visitor will be expiring soon and she has heard from people in the […]

09.10.2013 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
NURSES BACK IN DEMAND IN CANADA…BUT ONLY IN QUEBEC

NURSES BACK IN DEMAND IN CANADA…BUT ONLY IN QUEBEC

By Atty. Henry Moyal When the Federal Immigration Minister announced the list of “occupations in demand” in Canada last May 2013, it took many by surprise. The announcement that narrowed the list to only 24 occupations was not the surprise but the occupations themselves. A quick perusal of the list illustrates that engineers make up […]

11.09.2013 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR HIRING A WORKER

NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR HIRING A WORKER

By Atty. Henry Moyal Q. I sponsored my mother and sister three years ago under the Family Class category. At that time it was possible to sponsor a parent. When I sponsored my mother, my sister was around 21 years old and in school. We are now in the process of completing the application forms […]

13.08.2013 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·
NEW IMMIGRATION MINISTER MAY GIVE HOPE FOR MANY

NEW IMMIGRATION MINISTER MAY GIVE HOPE FOR MANY

By Atty. Henry Moyal For those who have followed the roller coaster ride of immigration changes in the last few years may feel a relief nowadays. In a surprise move by the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Harper has shuffled his cabinet and has removed Jason Kenney from his post as federal immigration minister. Even […]

31.07.2013 · Filled under: Legal Matters ·