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The problem is rooted in the 'kafala' sponsorship system, described by critics as a modern form of slavery that binds workers to their Saudi employers
'The rule is really, really cruel,' says one student from India
(UPDATED) The immigration officers who encoded Jan Marsalek's supposed flight records have been fired
Two of the country's 3 family detention centers have confirmed cases of the infection, district judge Dolly Gee says in her ruling on June 26
(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Philippine authorities have yet to determine if this was due to a technical glitch or if the records were deliberately tampered to set investigators on the wrong course
(UPDATED) The new freeze order includes H-1B visas provided to 85,000 workers each year with special skills
The Bureau of Immigration says Javier Salvador Parra left the Philippines for Spain on April 29, 3 days after his heated encounter with Makati police
Unless charged in court with a hold departure order, the Chinese nationals cannot be barred from leaving the country
The Bureau of Immigration says it has filed charges against Javier Salvador Parra for 'undesirability and for 'overstaying'
'The disabled Philippine economy largely depends upon OFW and immigrant remittances.... Thus, there’s no reason to treat these 'modern-day heroes' with insensitivity and overtaxation.
The Bureau of Immigration is probing the status of Spanish citizen Javier Salvador Parra, who had an altercation with a cop over quarantine rules in his Makati village
'This will ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first in line for jobs as our economy reopens,' Trump says
So far, the Bureau of Immigration has released 3 pregnant women. Two are out on bail, while the last one has been deported.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association says the government has refused to guarantee the safety of their members as well as due process for immigrants
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente says they are finding it hard to get masks and other personal protective equipment for their frontline personnel
(UPDATED) As of late Tuesday evening, March 17, the government is allowing OFWs, balikbayans, and foreigners to take international flights out of Luzon for the entire lockdown period
The Bureau of Immigration says the story of a foreigner's escape from NAIA's quarantine area is a hoax
'It grieves me to do it,' says President Rodrigo Duterte of his decision to fire people he had known for decades, due to the Bureau of Immigration bribery scandal
(UPDATE) Here's a rundown of issues hounding the opaque Philippine offshore gaming operations industry
'Hindi na po ito bago, classic corrupt moves ito,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros
Immigration officer Ralph Garcia denies he was the person behind the 'RG Garcia Ralph' codename – supposedly the administrator of a Viber group for the moneymaking scheme
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says Immigration Officer Allison Chiong, the whistleblower in the POGO bribery mess, is now under provisional coverage of the program
Does the President exempt Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, a former Davao police chief, from accountability for the bribery scheme that let illegal Chinese workers slip into the country?
Former BI deputy commissioner Marc Red Mariñas, installed by former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, appointed 3 officials that facilitated bribes from Chinese POGO workers
Whistleblower Allison Chiong says immigration officers in NAIA Terminal 1 receive as much as P20,000 a week in the bribery scheme
President Rodrigo Duterte found 'probable cause' to investigate allegations that immigration officers have taken bribes to let illegal Chinese workers slip into the country, says his spokesman
The new measures will make it easier for more qualified, English-speaking workers to get visas, and harder for low-skilled migrants to do so
Each foreign worker must earn 70 points to be eligible, with a set number of points for each qualification or skill
Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval says the officials 'were removed from their posts due to command responsibility' while the BI investigates the alleged 'pastillas' scheme for arriving POGO workers
(UPDATED) The senator confronts immigration officials at a hearing after an informant alleges that the entry of POGO employees is facilitated for P10,000 per person
The move takes to $9.9 billion the total the Pentagon has been forced by President Donald Trump to reallocate to the barrier, after Congress repeatedly blocked funding
Filipinos love Korean pop culture, but they don't necessarily feel the same way about regular Koreans living in the Philippines
Bureau of Immigration Spokesperson Dana Sandoval says the Chinese embassy has pledged to send an aircraft to fetch Chinese stranded in the country
(UPDATED) The Bureau of Quarantine concludes the ships' passengers and crew are free of the novel coronavirus, shortly after the vessels docked at the Port of Manila
There is no policy to bar Chinese visitors in general, so those who have other valid visas can still enter the Philippines, says Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente
The White House says foreigners are using the visas 'to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil'
An Advanced Passenger Information System has been set up and is set to be operational by the end of the month
The Filipina says the men who tried to take her claimed that she owed them around P300,000
A Tagalog-Japanese interpreter shown on a large monitor via video link tells the two women the separate rulings of prison terms handed down by the Yamagata District Court
Governor Greg Abbott tells the State Department that Texas has to dedicate its resources 'to those who are already here, including refugees, migrants and the homeless – indeed, all Texans'
But agencies are yet to digitize their data that will be uploaded to the newly-launched National Justice Information System (NJIS)
A statement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) identifies the person only as 'a 40-year-old native of Angola and citizen of France'
It's true, it is within the United States' sovereign power to block entry to anyone it wishes. But my migration framework prevents me from unequivocally saying that.
POGOs are the country's fastest-growing industry. They have caused friction because of allegations of widespread tax evasion and the influx of tens of thousands of immigrant workers.
'Full Extent of Our Sovereignity. Full stop,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr
'Almost all of shabu smuggled into this country come from China, under the control of Chinese nationals. This problem is so serious,' says Senator Richard Gordon
Immigration chief Jaime Morente says the policy update is a better security protocol because 'sheets of papers can easily be lost'
The new rules are set to take effect end of November
Details of well-oiled smuggling routes spanning Vietnam to Europe are under renewed scrutiny after 39 people were found dead in a truck in Britain
With President Donald Trump’s crackdown on asylum seekers, many are stuck in a vicious cycle: traveling thousands of miles to escape violence and persecution, only to arrive somewhere faced with the same fate