PinoyCare to mark 20th year with free seminar
Ehda M. Dagooc (The Freeman) - November 16, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Fresh graduates, professionals, as well as families who have plans of settling abroad, may consider applying for immigrant or student visa now while immigration guidelines are still not that difficult to comply with.

“Immigration guidelines can change anytime. These countries are still open and the policies are quite lenient. Now is the perfect time to consider,” said PinoyCare Visa founder Prisca Niña Mabatid.

In line with this, the company will be holding a free orientation this coming November 23, 2019 at SM City Cebu Trade Hall as one of the highlights of Pinoy Care’s 20th anniversary.

“We will be giving orientations on the different pathways to these countries, as well as educate the participants on the various benefits that these countries offer should they opt to enter these countries via student or immigrant pathway,” Mabatid said in a press conference.

The orientation expects around 3,000 participants to join the half-day talk that will start at 1 p.m.

Mabatid said there are three countries now that are open for foreigners who may want to study in their countries, or better yet be an immigrant. These countries are Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Of these three countries, Canada had the most number of student visa applications, despite its processing time of at least three months.

New Zealand’s processing period is at least two weeks. Australia, on the other hand takes only two hours.

Canada now ranks as the fourth-leading host country for international students, behind the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, according to ICEF.

By far, student visa application is the most popular pathway chosen by Filipinos because of its less stringent requirements and shorter waiting time. “It is the easiest”.

“When you are granted with a student visa. You don’t only get to earn post-graduate degree and learn a new skill, you are also given the opportunity to work there. This pathway gives you an edge should you want to apply for an immigrant visa. It helps pull up your points,” explained Mabatid.

Student visas are granted to those aged 18 to 55 years old, while the age requirement for immigrant visa applicants range from 21 to 45 years old.

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