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results speak for itself. TV celebrities like
Carol McGifn of Loose Women, Camilla
Andersen of Travel Channel and Profes-sor Brian Cox experienced the numerousattractions of the country and raved about itonline, on magazines, and on their respec-tive shows with entire episodes devoted tothe Philippines.PDOT London also embarked on multi- platform advertising campaigns to raiseawareness for the destination in the UK:the most prominent are the 50 London taxicabs and four Route-master buses carryingthe Philippines tourism banner. Numer-ous competitions were also run on TV and broadsheets like the ‘Holiday of a Lifetime’aired over Travel Channel, with 300 30-second spots for a month.
The ofce also focused on strengthening
its core activity markets. Diving public-ity for the Philippines was at an all-timehigh with the destination almost a constantfeature on Dive, Diver and Sport Diver magazines every month. Almost all UK diving operators that specialise in Asiareport that the Philippines is in their top
ve selling destinations.
Another integral part of PDOT London’s projects is its internet marketing strategy,with its social media accounts generatingmassive interest. Members of the Tour-ism Philippines UK Facebook Fan Pageexceeded 7,500 last year and video viewson Youtube totalled 200,000. The highly-successful website, tourismphilippines.co.uk generated 286,120 page views lastyear and each month, the e-newsletter reaches 12,000 consumers, travel trade andmedia subscribers.PDOT London fostered stronger relation-ships with the travel trade by implementingmore joint-promotional activities in 2011
than in recent years. The ofce conducted
staff training for Audley Travel, Black To-mato, Kenwood Travel, Kuoni and LuxuryHolidays. Further sales calls and meetingswere also held with over two dozen opera-tors throughout the year at trade events likethe PATA Exchange and Taste of PATA.Many operators were also invited to thecountry for special events such as the Phil-ippine Travel Exchange and Dive Seafari,resulting in the inclusion of the destinationin their brochures.Trade and consumer shows provedvery effective for PDOT London with thecountry garnering massive exposure. ThePhilippines is usually nominated as the des-tination of choice by attendees at variousevents like the London Dive Show, DiveBirmingham, Destinations Holiday andTravel Show and the World Travel Market,to name a few. At these shows, huge quanti-ties of promotional DVDs, destination
yers, maps and brochures, all produced bythe ofce, are distributed.
This sustained drive of PDOT Londonto implement the most effective marketing program, especially with the new tourism brand campaign --- “It’s More Fun in thePhilippines,” will hopefully see tourismarrivals in 2012 even higher.
By: Aurora Vega-Buzon
Twenty years ago, Abel who was20 years old, entered the UnitedStates using his cousin’s passportwhich has a United States visa. Theylooked alike and were the same age.He overstayed his tourist stay butwent home after one year. Ten yearslater, Abel re-entered the UnitedStates on a student visa, now usinghis real name. He later married hisclassmate, a United States citizen.They submitted a spouse petitionand Abel’s adjustment applicationfor permanent residence. During theinterview, and thinking that it hap- pened so long ago, Abel disclosedhaving entered the United Statesusing his cousin’s passport andidentity.Five years ago, Marcela enteredthe United States on a valid oneyear tourist visa and was given threemonths of authorized stay. It was before Thanksgiving at the start of the holiday season, and her aunt toldher she can get her a part-time job atthe big discount store in New York where she (aunt) worked. Marcela
lled out an application form and
upon her aunt’s direction put “U.S.”in the box asking for her citizenship.After the holidays, the store decidedto hire Marcela permanently and was
again asked to ll up some forms
– this time, the immigration formI-9. Marcela also started dating ahandsome co-worker and within theyear, they got married. The spouse
petition led by her husband was
approved, but Marcela’s adjustmentapplication was denied. USCISinvestigation revealed that in the I-9
(the second form Marcela lled-up),
Marcela checked the box for “U.S.Citizen or National.”Abel’s misrepresentation twentyyears ago constituted visa fraud.Marcela’s misrepresentation is moreserious – a false claim to UnitedStates citizenship.Visa Fraud. A United States visa isa document, obtained at any UnitedStates embassy or consulate, grant-ing a non-U.S. traveler permission toapply for admission into the UnitedStates at a port of entry. A UnitedStates visa authorizes the border of-
cial to grant the alien holder entry
into the United States, but doesnot guarantee entry into the UnitedStates.An alien who, by fraud or will-fully misrepresenting a materialfact, seeks to procure or has soughtto procure of has procured a visa,other documentation or entry into
the U.S. or other benet provided
under the Immigration and Nation-ality Act (INA), is inadmissible.This “misrepresentation of materialfact” is visa fraud. Other forms or types of visa fraud include: the saleor transfer of otherwise legitimatevisas, misrepresentation of reasonsfor traveling, or forgery or altera-tion of a visa. Common visa fraudsare lying in visa applications, or inanswering questions at the port of entry; using someone’s identity or name; presenting a false green cardor claiming to be a green card holder at the port of entry; denying thatone has children and omitting their names in applications for immigrantor non-immigrant visas; etc.A misrepresentation is material if disclosure of the truth would haveled to an investigation that mighthave uncovered facts warrantingdenial of a visa. “Material misrep-resentation” is determined on a case by case basis, and the issue of mate-riality relates to the person’s state of mind. In certain cases, as in Abel’scase, a waiver of inadmissibility isavailable as a relief to cure his visafraud committed twenty years ago.False Claim to United StatesCitizenship. Falsely claiming U.S.citizenship is where a person falselyrepresents or has falsely representedhimself/herself to be a United States
citizen to obtain a benet under the
Immigration Act or any other federalor state law. Examples of falselyclaiming U.S. citizenship include:representing to an employer thatone is authorized to work in theUnited States by stating that one isa United States citizen; marking off an I-9 Employment Form that states“U.S. Citizen” after 2009 (I-9 forms prior to August 7, 2009 states “U.S.Citizen or National and there is caselaw holding that checking this box isnot necessarily a false claim to U.S.citizenship); and replying “U.S.”
Visa Fraud and False Claim toUnited States Citizenship
to a question regarding citizenshipor country – to a policeman, or im-
migration ofcer at the border.
A false claim to United Statescitizenship is a ground for inad-missibility, and is a permanent bar to admission to the United States,under present laws. This means thatan alien found to have made a falseclaim to United States citizenshipis forever barred from immigratingto the United States. What’s more – it is also a ground for deport-ability. Unlike visa frauds, thereis NO waiver available for falseclaims to citizenship. Alien appli-cants, as well as green card holders/ permanent residents, should bevery careful in their representationsabout their citizenship in any forms,including private employment ap- plications.Atty. Aurora Vega-Buzon is a partner in Chua Tinsay & Vega,A Professional Legal Corporation
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