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Light & Shadows
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by Zena Sultana Babao
By Dennis E. Chua, Esq.
n one’s desire to get agreen card right away, people have resorted toentering into a sham marriageor a marriage for convenience.Some people have been suc-cessful in getting a green cardthrough this route but a lot of these individuals get caught by the US Citizenship and Im-migration Services (USCIS)committing marriage fraud.
The penalties are severe for those whoare found to have committed marriagefraud. Once their application for adjust-ment is denied, these individuals are putin removal proceedings with little or no
relief in court. Moreover, a nding of
marriage fraud bars the approval of any
subsequent immigrant petition led for
that individual. Thus, a new petition
led either by a relative or an employer
for this individual will be denied be-
cause of the marriage fraud nding.
Some have even fallen prey to unscru- pulous individuals who have representedthemselves as immigration consultantswho will be able to help them legalizetheir stay after paying them exhorbitantfees. Unknown to the helpless victims,these consultants would make it appear that they were married to a US citizen by submitting fraudulent marriage and
birth certicates. The victims would be
able to get a working permit, but their applications would eventually be deniedwhen they are asked to appear beforethe USCIS for an interview. These vic-tims later discover that they have beenduped by these consultants when theycould no longer locate these consultants.
When it is time for these victims to le
an application for adjustment of statusand this time based on a real marriage,they found themselves being confronted by the government with this previous
fraudulent application led for them by
the immigration consultant. In somecases, the USCIS will impute fraud to
these victims and would ask them to le
for a waiver where they can ask the gov-ernment to forgive them for the fraudu-lent application submitted for them. Inanother case, the government wouldgo as far as charging the applicant ashaving committed marriage fraud evenif the act committed does not fall withinthe purview of marriage fraud.Due to the severity of the consequenc-es of marriage fraud, one must think twice before entering into a sham mar-riage. Marriage is not the only optionif it is not true love, you may be eligiblefor other reliefs that are available toyou. More so now that a comprehensiveimmigration bill is being debated inCongress.
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Vega (CTV) - a full service law ﬁrmwith ofﬁces in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento and Manila. The
information presented in this article is
for general information only and is not,nor intended to be, formal legal advice
nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Call or e-mail CTV for an in-person or phone consultation todiscuss your particular situation and/ or how their services may be retained at (415) 495-8088; (619) 955-6277;(916)509-7280 Dchua@ctvattys.com.
Marriage Not The Only Option
By Zena Sultana Babao
There are times in our life when – struggling with loneliness, burdened bydespair, and overwhelmed with prob-lems – we feel abandoned by God. Andwe cry out to Him, and say, “God, youseem so far away … if only you couldsee me or hear me. I need you so!”Communion with the living God isvital, touching the very core of our lives.What we are, how we act, what we believe – are the fruits of this relation-ship. Made in God’s image, we werecreated to have a close relationship withHim. When our relationship with Himis broken, we are incomplete and needrestoration.Perhaps this is why a whole book of the Bible is dedicated to the worshipand relationship with God. This book isLeviticus, the third book of the Old Tes-tament, otherwise known as the “Book of Laws”.Some people bypass reading Leviticuswhen they read the Bible because they
nd the practice of animal sacrices
too bloody and too primitive. But theydon’t know why it was done and whatthe practice symbolized.We must understand that in the OldTestament, blood was required to beshed for the forgiveness of sin, and for people to be able to commune with God.Hebrews 9:22 says that “without theshedding of blood there is no forgive-ness.”In the New Testament, the blood of Jesus Christ was shed for the full andcomplete forgiveness of sin.We learned about Israel’s dramaticexit from Egypt in Exodus, the book be-fore Leviticus. After this dramatic exitfrom Egypt, the Israelites camped at thefoot of Mt. Sinai for two years to listento God. It was a time of resting, teach-ing, building, and meeting with the Lordface to face. What transpired in thosetwo years was a prelude to Leviticus,wherein God gave a set of instructionson how His people would worship anddo for the redemption of sin.The Lord told Moses to tell the peopleof Israel, “You must be holy, becauseI, the Lord your God, am holy …”(Leviticus 19:1-2). For a sinful peopleto approach a holy God, people must bemade holy (without sin.) As you haveread in the book of Genesis, sin enteredinto this world when Adam and Evedisobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.The penalty for sin is death!God’s system says that a life must begiven for a life! In the Old Testament,an animal’s life was given to save thelife of a person. The opening chapters of the book of Leviticus gave detailed in-
structions for offering animal sacrices,
the active symbols of repentance andobedience during those times.Whether offering bulls, goats, sheep
or even grain, these sacricial offerings
has to be without blemish, just like the
ultimate sacrice to come – JESUS, the
Lamb of God, who was without sin.
The animal sacrices during those timeswere a precursor to the sacrice and
death of Christ.Many events and prophecies in theOld Testament are historical backdrops
of the coming of Christ, and of His nalsacrice to bring us back to God. And
for us to gain eternal life! “For God soloved the world that He gave His oneand only Son that whoever believes inHim shall not perish but have eternallife.” –John 3:16.True worship and oneness with God begins as we confess our sins and acceptChrist as our Savior and Lord. He is theonly one who can redeem us and help usapproach God. Jesus said in John 14:16,“I am the way, the truth and the life. Noone comes to the Father except throughme.”In Leviticus we learned about theLevites, the ministers and priests of their day who instructed the people in their worship. They regulated the moral,civil, and ceremonial laws and super-vised the health, justice and welfare of the nation.
The nal emphasis in Leviticus is
celebration. The book gives instructionsto Moses on how celebratory feasts or festivals were observed and conducted.These are:The Sabbath: a day of rest and sacredassembly held on the seventh day of the week. The seventh day is Saturday.
Sunday is the rst day of the week.
The Passover: a reminder to God’s people of their deliverance from Egypt.
God spared the lives of Israel’s rst-
born children and freed the Hebrewsfrom slavery. It’s also a reminder of leaving the old life behind and enteringa new way of life.
Firstfruits: celebrating the rst crops
of the barley harvest and reminding the people of how God provided for them.The Feast of Weeks: celebratingthe end of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest, and the people’s joy and thanksgiving for these bountiful harvests.The Feast of Trumpets: the beginningof the seventh month of the year whenGod’s people again expressed joy andthanksgiving to the Lord.The Day of Atonement: celebratingthe removal of sin from the people andthe nation, and their restored fellowshipwith God.The Feast of Tabernacles, celebratingGod’s protection and guidance in thewilderness, and the renewal of Israel’scommitment to God.Unfortunately, none of these feasts areobserved today. The Christian churcheshave adopted the pagan practices, withvariations, and introduced them to beobserved in the Christian world.The rules for daily living given to theIsraelites by God – rules concerningfamily relationships and responsibili-ties, diets, childbirth, sexual conduct,and diseases – are still relevant to us21st century Christians and needs to beobserved.
Communion with the Living God
lowing year the “ULI Emerg-
ing Trends 2012 Asia Pacic”
upgraded Manila’s rank to18th in investments (from20th in 2011), prompting anoticeable uptrend in prop-erty investments, particularlyin emerging urban districts(EUDs) and central businessdistricts (CBDs).
Now, another report card fromforeign investors could give the local
ofce, manufacturing, residential
and retail sectors a big boost.CB Richard Ellis’ newly releasedspecial report showed the recent in-vestment grade and its implicationson the real estate industry.
Expected to gain
The second quarter 2013 report
said the Philippines nally achievedits rst investment grade rating
from one of the world’s major ratingagencies. It stressed that the realestate sector is expected to gain fromthis recent development.It stated that with the Fitch Rat-ings announcement upgrading thecountry’s sovereign credit ratingto BBB- from BB+, the country isnow on the global radar for invest-ments, and has legitimately becomean investment “hotspot.” Also citedwere two other major international
credit rating rms—Standard andPoor’s (S&P) and Moody’s—which
the report said “still rate the countryone notch below investment grade but are expected by analysts to soonfollow suit.”The report listed the sectors stand-
ing to benet from these ratings: theofce, manufacturing, residential
and retail sectors.The CBRE report said: “Foreigninvestors will logically move or expand to regions that are beingupgraded. This increased interest inthe country will boost the demand
for ofce and manufacturing spaces.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
inows, which grew by 15.5 percent
in 2012, the third highest in South-east Asia, are expected to continu-ously increase following the recentcredit rating upgrade. The entry of more FDIs will continue to fuel theresurgent manufacturing sector.”Growth in Clark, SubicThe Clark and Subic FreeportZones, which the report listed under the manufacturing sector, have been“accommodating a number of Japa-nese and Taiwanese manufacturing
rms and offer 13.4 million square
meters of leasable industrial space.”
The ofce sector “looks to be in
great shape in the coming years because the Information Technologyand Business Process Outsourcing(BPO) industry boom won’t abateanytime soon,” the report said.It continued: “The industry, whichgenerated $13.4 billion in revenueand has 720,000 employees, sur- passed its 2012 target according tothe Business Process Association of the Philippines. Due to the current political turmoil in East Asia and the
nancial struggles in the Western
world, US and European compa-nies are more focused than ever onexpanding or relocating to emergingeconomies.”Joey Radovan, vice chair of CBREglobal corporate services, projectedthat BPOs will occupy 80 to 90 per-
cent of ofce space supply in 2013.
More multinational corporations willset up BPOs in the country in order
to fulll cost reduction strategies,
while current locators are preparingto expand local operations to further reduce costs.Also discussed in the report werethe residential and retail sectors.It said: “In the long run, a domino
effect will carry the benets of aninvestment inux toward the resi-
dential and retail sectors.The report said: “As foreign busi-nesses enter the country, expatriateswill look for practical accommoda-tions such as upscale and luxuryresidences near business centers. Itwould most likely raise the demandfor residential condominiums inCBDs. Consequently, the jobs cre-ated by FDIs will elevate the spend-ing power of the middle class, whichin turn could lead to an increasedability to purchase houses or condo-miniums. Demand for affordable tomid-range residential segments willcontinue to pick up—and given the
platform of low ination and mort-
gage rates—a democratized housingindustry will soon emerge.”