Monday, February 25, 2019

How to Get a Tourist Visa for Japan in the US

Japan Visa
Philippine passport holders get a 15-day tourist visa in Japan, US passport holders get 90 days.

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The upcoming spring makes us think of the Japanese song about sakura that depicts cherry blossoms “in fields, mountains, and villages as far as the eye can see.” We could only imagine that the composer wrote this song between March and May when these blossoms, considered to be one of Japan’s national flowers, are in full bloom.

When you hear the cherry blossoms a’calling and you are wont to wandering, you can apply for a visa in any of the 18 Japanese embassies in the US. While the Philippines is not among the 68 countries with visa exemption arrangements with Japan, a Philippine passport means an exemption from visa fee, which amounts to $27 for single entry and $55 for multiple entry.

Monday, February 18, 2019

USCIS Digitizes the Immigration Experience

USCIS virtual assistant
Virtual Assistant Emma is available to answer all US immigration-related questions all day, every day.
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You know the immigration application drill if you’ve done it before. First, you download the appropriate application forms, complete the forms along with required attachments, print the documents, write a check, and then mail it to the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) Lockbox Facility assigned to your geographic location.  

Monday, January 28, 2019

How to Manage Extensions For CR-1 Visas

The visa extension is a stamp on the passport that looks like this.
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There was a time when filing a petition to remove the conditional status of the CR-1 visa took between six months and one year. With changes at USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) and within immigration policy altogether under the new administration, the waiting time is now longer.

Monday, January 14, 2019

May Your 2019 Goals Lead to Happiness and Contentment

Here's hoping 2019 will be kinder to our health and yours. 

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It’s 2019, how are you?

January is the perfect time of the year to think about what we want to achieve in the next 365 days.  New beginnings, like the new year, offer opportunities for a do-over, a fresh, unsullied slate that seem to hold the secret promise of success.