Cebu visa center expands to 5 countries

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Thursday, November 29, 2012


CEBU-BASED Canada visa provider PinoyCare Visa Center is expanding its operation in five countries following the recent announcement of the Government of Canada that it would maintain the level of its immigrants to sustain economic growth by 2013.

The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) plans to admit 240,000 to 265,000 new permanent residents in 2013 for the seventh straight year.

“Newcomers bring their skills and talents, contribute to our economy and help renew our workforce so that Canada remains competitive on the world stage,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney in a statement.

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Prisca Niña Mabatid, president and chief executive officer of PinoyCare Visa Center, said this is another “huge opportunity” for Filipinos to live in Canada and for overseas Filipino workers and other nationalities residing abroad to consider Canada
as their new home and work destination.

PinoyCare is investing at least P5 million for each office expansion, on top of the capital requirement for each country, which is about P30 million. The firm will open its visa services to countries like Pakistan, India, Oman, China and Indonesia next year.

“We also want to serve other nationalities who are interested to transfer to Canada,” Mabatid said at the sidelines of the company’s 13th anniversary.

The POEA-licensed company already has four existing offices in United Arab of Emirates, Kuwait, Singapore and Malaysia. In the Philippines the firm operates 15 offices.

According to the CIC statement, the 2013 immigration levels plan of Canada makes a room for the “rapid growth” in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Established in 2008, the CEC facilitates the transition from temporary to permanent residence for those with high-skilled work experience in Canada, including international students and temporary foreign workers.

“Immigration plays a vital role in our country’s long-term prosperity. Our 2013 Immigration Plans will build on our economic success by bringing in more of the world’s top talents who already have a successful track record in Canada,” said Kenney.

In an earlier interview, Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham) president Julian Payne said Canada has a low reproduction rate, which explains the country’s steady requirement for immigrants and overseas workers to boost its economy.

Payne said Philippines was the largest source of immigrants to Canada, with an average of 25,000 to 30,000 Filipino immigrants a year.

Since its establishment in 2000, Mabatid said the company has grown from 15 clients to a thousand. The company submits an average of 500 immigration applicants per month.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 30, 2012.

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