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Pinoycare celebrates 20th year with immigration seminar

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Pinoycare Visa Center, Inc. will hold a free orientation on immigrant visa processing for Canada, Australia, and New Zealand from 1-5 p.m. this November 23 at SM City Cebu.

Prisca Niña Mabatid, Pinoycare founder, invites Cebuanos to come and listen to experts discuss the different pathways to becoming permanent residents in any of the three countries.

She said school representatives from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand will also be around to entertain questions of those who wish to use the student visa as their mode of entry. Mabatid is also a Cebu City councilor.

Pinoycare, which has been operating since 1999, provides visa services for Filipinos who seek better opportunities outside the Philippines.

It only asks for a one-time visa processing fee of P89,000 and currently has a promo that bundles processing of student visa with immigrant status.

PINOYCARE. Prisca Niña Mabatid, Pinoycare founder, talks to reporters about her company, which has been operating since 1999 and provides visa services for Filipinos who seek better opportunities outside the Philippines.
PINOYCARE. Prisca Niña Mabatid, Pinoycare founder, talks to reporters about her company, which has been operating since 1999 and provides visa services for Filipinos who seek better opportunities outside the Philippines.

Different pathways

There are different means to becoming an immigrant in either Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and many prefer to do it through a study program, according to Mabatid.

Enrolling in a one-year certificate entitles students to find employment during their free time and work on their residency status as well. New graduates are welcome and the age range for the student visa is from 18-55.

The main challenge of an immigrant visa is the long waiting period but Mabatid said Pinoycare takes pride in its track record of successful applicants.

The company currently has 2,000 confirmed participants for the November 23, 2019 orientation and can still accept a thousand more. It has partnered with the cities of Mandaue, Cebu, and Lapu-Lapu through the different Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) federation and university council presidents to encourage young people to attend.

Those interested in joining may check out the Pinoycare Visa Center, Inc. on Facebook.

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By Marlen Limpag

Marlen is the editor of MyCebu.ph and co-founder of Cebu-based journalism startup InnoPub Media.