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In typhoon's wake, Manitoba to speed application process for Filipino immigrants

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As the sun sets, it lights the sky over the area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban, central Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction.

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As the sun sets, it lights the sky over the area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, in Tacloban, central Philippines, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country's eastern seaboard Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction.

Manitoba will expedite the processing of immigration applications under the provincial nominee program (PNP) from areas of the Philippines struck by Typhoon Haiyan.

Current PNP applications will be processed within the next two weeks, compared with the three to six months it would normally take to process files. New applications will be processed on a priority basis.

"We have seen the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan has caused in the Philippines and we want to do whatever we can to help ease the burden for families recovering from its impact," Premier Greg Selinger said.

"Our Filipino community and all Manitobans have stepped up and reached out to support families in the Philippines. We’re building on the outpouring of support financially and we’re taking steps to help more families reunite with their loved ones."

The premier noted the Government of Canada has the sole authority for issuing immigration visas allowing anyone to travel temporarily or permanently to Canada, and applicants who have been approved by the PNP will need to apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a permanent residency visa.

The Philippines consistently ranks as Manitoba’s top source of immigration. From 2000 to 2012, 34,952 immigrants from the Philippines landed in Manitoba, the majority arriving through the successful Manitoba PNP.

The provincial government has also committed a total of $200,000 to support to the people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiya.

 

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