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Deadlocked over beep cards – Manila Bulletin

State transport authorities and stored value or “beep” cards provider AF Payments Inc. (AFPI) remain deadlocked over the issue of making the cards free for commuters, as of presstime.


AFPI today issued a statement to the media, effectively saying that the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is demanding for more than an arm and a leg in its request to waive the card fees in question. 

The beep card provider has given more than enough, for its part, and can no longer be squeezed any further.

Even if beep card sales continue at P80 for the next 12 months, AFPI will not make any profit and will actually subsidize the operation of the automated fare collection system (AFCS), the company maintained.

The  beep cards’ price, at P80 each,  covers  only  part  of  the  cost  of  logistics,  production, initialization, printing and distribution.  

In the meantime, to ease the

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October Visa Bulletin: Green Card Numbers Released

On September 24, 2020, The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the October 2020 Visa Bulletin, the first of the new government fiscal year (FY 2021). Often the month of the most anticipated visa bulletin, October marks the reset of the number of green cards authorized to be issued annually and by category for employment-based cases. Thus far in 2020, many of the employment-based categories have been current with an excess number of green cards available, while the categories for applicants born in China and India have remained oversubscribed.

The visa bulletin contains two charts – the “Final Action Dates” and the “Dates for Filing”.  United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) dictates which chart to follow each month for the filing of adjustment of status (AOS) applications, a process available to eligible green card applicants inside of the United States.  Green card applicants abroad must

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October 2020 Visa Bulletin

The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step of the green card process, or if already pending, when the final step can be adjudicated.

Below is a summary of the October Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month.

China: EB-1 advances three months to June 1, 2018; EB-2 moves forward six weeks to March 1, 2016; and EB-3 advances nearly five months to July 1, 2017.

India: EB-1 advances three months to June 1, 2018; EB-2 moves ahead two months to September 1, 2009; and EB-3 jumps forward three months to January 15, 2010.

All Other Countries: EB-1 and EB-2 remain current; EB-3 returns to current for the first time since February 2020.

NOTE 1:  The October Visa Bulletin predicts “rapid forward movement”

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