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January 2011 Visa Bulletin

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


2011 is the year of the rabbit and they say it's going to be a peaceful year. Good luck to all of us. Happy New Year!

January 2011 Visa Bulletin

Six months from now, Centralized Intake Office will temporarily stop accepting new applications (without arranged employment) under Federal Skilled Worker program. Through another ministerial instruction, a new list of in-demand occupations will be set for priority processing. If your application is not yet filed, this means you still have ample time to send your application to CIO!

If your job classification is not in the current priority list, make sure you get your documents and application forms ready before the end of June 2011. The sooner, the better.
The new list may be made available by July 2011. You should be able to file your application as soon as your occupation opens. The cap on the applications to be accepted may be filled up in just a couple of months.

1,000 applications cap reached
As of this writing, only two occupations have reached the cap so far: Professional Occupations in Business Services (NOC 1122) and Registered Nurses. The cap for nurses was reported to have been reached last month (December 2010). However, it does not necessarily mean that your application is included even if your application was sent to CIO before December 2010. If your application was received past the 1,000 cap, it will be returned unprocessed.

Check your CIO application status
If you want to know that status of your application that was sent to CIO, you can contact Federal Skilled Worker Client Service Unit through their online inquiry form. You will receive an email from them confirming the status of your application.

For those whose application is now in process at the Canadian Visa Office in Manila, you can use online services from Citizenship and Immigratin Canada website to check your status online. Please avoid unnecessary follow up to Canadian Visa office as this only adds up on the delay in the processing. Canadian Visa Office in Manila is now able to process applications within 6 months after CIO Assessment. It used to be 45 days, which was later extended to 90 days and now, 6 months. We contact the visa office to follow up your case after a couple of weeks allowance.

Applications filed before February 2008
For applications filed before February 27, 2008, the latest being processed by Canadian Visa Office in Manila is still Nov 25, 2004. There's no movement since the last update from December 2010 Visa Bulletin.

Documents for submission to CIO
Based on the recent correspondence from CIO, they now require original documents or certified true copies of most of the supporting documents. Originally, the only supporting document that should be submitted in original form is the IELTS Exam result and the rest are just photocopies. Notarized copies are acceptable too. NBI Clearance and Police Clearance from other countries where you stayed before is also best submitted during the first stage of the application. If you submit documents that are not in the required format, your application may be returned unprocessed.

We have a new office!
We now have a new office at SM City North EDSA in Quezon City. It's located at Unit 301, 3rd floor, Building F/North Link Building and is open daily from 9am to 8pm. You can now go there for submission of documents and or inquiry. It is best that you set an appointment first before visiting our office.

Hotel Kutuma Job Scam
Scammers are now really being super creative. This Hotel Kutuma scammer even created a website for the hotel, complete with booking services to make it appear it's real. Don't be a victic of these online scammers.

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