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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

NZ dream, NZ nightmare

Kahapon may na-meet akong Pinoy na kararating lang dito sa NZ. One week pa lang sila dito kasama asawa niya at naghahanap pa ng trabaho. It’s typical of new migrants coming here. Most come here without job offers. Pagdating sa NZ dun na lang sila naghahanap ng job. Most Pinoy migrants come here through the normal Skilled Migrant Category application process. A lot of them are able to acquire Work to Residence Visas by simply following the steps outlined in the NZ Immigration website with no assistance from immigration consultants. Sariling kayod lang kaya sila nakarating sa NZ. Minimal lang ang nagastos nila -- pamasahe at standard processing fees.

Pero itong Pinoy na na-meet ko kahapon, nakaubos daw siya ng 600 thousand pesos sa pagpunta dito! Ibenenta raw niya lahat ng kanilang ari-arian para lang makarating sa NZ. The immigration consultant they hired charged them 5000 US dollars. The consultant promised to help them acquire a permanent residence visa. Instead they are now in NZ on a student visa. With a student visa, pwede silang magtrabaho legally ng upto 20 hours a week only. Pagkatapos kapag nag-expire na ang student visa nila which is only valid up to the time they’re enrolled in school, problema na naman. Kailangan nilang mag-enroll ulit o kaya makahanap ng employer na willing mag-sponsor sa kanila ng work permit. In any case, hindi ganun kadali na mai-convert ang visa nila into a permanent residence visa.

Sabi nung Pinoy na nakilala ko, hindi lang daw siya ang ganun ang kaso. Siyam daw silang dumating ng NZ with a student visa. Lahat sila nagbayad ng 5000 US dollars dun sa agency. Ayoko pang sabihin na naloko sila nung agency, dahil hindi ko naman alam ang full details ng kontrata nila with the agency. But what I know so far may mga agency sa atin, at mga kapwa Pinoy pa man din natin ang aktibong naghihikayat sa mga kababayan natin na pumunta ng NZ at pinapangakuan sila ng residence visa kabayaran ang limang libong dolyares. So far, marami na rin anecdotal evidences na hindi lahat ng pangako ng mga consultants na ito ang nasasakatuparan.

Sa ibang kwento naman, may nabalitaan din akong ilang Pinoy ang napunta naman ng South Island, NZ. Dumaan din sila sa isang Pinoy agency na tumulong sa kanila upang makakuha ng work visa. Ang problema nga lang ang trabahong ibinigay sa kanila hindi related sa kanilang education at work experience. They were hired as kitchen hand, waiters, crop pickers when they are college graduates in the Philippines. Sabi daw sa kanila nung agency pagdating sa NZ dun na lang sila ihahanap ng trabaho na mas tugma sa background nila. Ang problema, hindi sila maihanap ng bagong trabaho nung agency. And the worst part, nagsara yung kumpanyang nagbigay sa kanila ng initial na trabaho.

Kaya ngayon pakalat-kalat sila sa South Island, walang trabaho, walang tiyak na patutunguhan. At sa oras na mag-expire ang visa nila malamang ma-deport sila. And that’s after they spent thousands of dollars, sold their properties, and most probably borrowed thousands of pesos from friends and relatives back home.

No wonder, may ilang cases ng mga kababayan natin dito sa NZ ang nag-suicide during the last few years. I’ve heard it was because of disllussionment because their dreams of a good life in NZ turned out to be their worst nightmares.

What can be done to prevent our gullible kababayans from being exploited by unscrupulous consultants? (I’m not saying all consultants are dishonest, but there sure are greedy ones). For a start, I hope all Kiwi-wanabees join the yahoo group Pinoyz2NZ. From the group they can get heaps of sound advice from well-meaning people with no vested interests. At the very least malalaman nila kung okay ang consultant nila o hindi. It's highly probable that some members have been victimized by the same consultant. And it doesn’t cost anything to join. Membership and all advice are free.

It will be very sad if a country like NZ, beautiful, clean and green to most, ends up a land of broken dreams to some.

88 Comments:

  • ku,
    nalungkot po ako sa kwento nyo... ang maooffer ko po sa kanila is prayers.
    at sana maisip naman nitong mga agencies na ito na hindi makatarungan ang ginagawa nila.

    By Anonymous cindy, at 3:41 PM, May 17, 2006  

  • Mahirap nga ang kanilang kalagayan KU. Mahirap sapagkat limited ang kanilang resources sa ngayon. Madaming limitations ang student visa.

    Sa hirap kasi ng buhay sa atin, madami sa ating mga kababayan ang kumakapit na sa patalim. Mas lalo pang dumami ang bilang ng mga nagbabakasakali, kahit pa walang katiyakan ang kahihinatnan.

    Sana, mai-promote ang awareness. Sana matuto ang ating mga kababayan na magsaliksik ng husto bago sumuong sa mga bagay na ito. At sana, makita ng Pinoy na nakilala mo ang tagumpay na kanyang inaasam.

    By Blogger Rhada, at 6:41 PM, May 17, 2006  

  • nampusang mga @#$%^ na mapansamantala sa kapwa!!!!

    this is not the first time na narinig ko ito KU. meron ding gumawa ng racket na ganyan dito sa wellington dati. mula ng mabisto di na namin narinig kung saang lupalop pumadpad.

    By Blogger KiwiNoy, at 6:50 PM, May 17, 2006  

  • kaya sa mga nag-nanais pumunta sa NZ... tama si KU, mag-join ng Pinoys2NZ egroup. bukod dito, lahat ng information na kailangan malaman ay nasa www.immigration.govt.nz

    By Blogger KiwiNoy, at 6:52 PM, May 17, 2006  

  • Grabe. Nakakalungkot. I hope yung mga hayop na agencies na yan ay di aabot sa NZ. Yung mga pinoy naman na gustong tumungo sa NZ, sumali na lang talaga kayo sa pinoys2nz at tutulungan namin kayo. Bawal ang corrupt sumali though. I hope yung mga naloko naman ay maki-tie-up with the other pinoys in North or South Island and hopefully matulungan sila.

    By Anonymous banjan, at 7:40 PM, May 17, 2006  

  • sa hirap talaga ng buhay... i just cant understand kung pano naaatim ng mga manglolokong yan na magpakasarap sa buhay habang lalong naghihirap ang mga biktima nila.. good thing there are people like you who are willing to promote awareness and provide essential informations for people wanting to go there.. keep up the good work ka uro, saludo po ako sa inyo..

    analyse

    By Anonymous analyse, at 7:51 PM, May 17, 2006  

  • ang hirap talagang magtiwala. minsan para kang sumusugal.

    pero ang masaklap kase dun yung pangarap nila ang sinira ng ibang taong walang kwenta. it's really hard to deal with disappointment. weakness ko nga un eh. lalo na kung nag-effort ka na.

    pero gosh..di ko akalaing aabot pa sa puntong magpapatiwakal ung iba. they must know how to face consequences. di naman mawawala ang problema with that!

    buti na lang me mga katulad ni ka uro..very nice! ^_~

    By Anonymous lojik, at 8:12 PM, May 17, 2006  

  • ang hirap talagang magtiwala. minsan para kang sumusugal.

    pero ang masaklap kase dun yung pangarap nila ang sinira ng ibang taong walang kwenta. it's really hard to deal with disappointment. weakness ko nga un eh. lalo na kung nag-effort ka na.

    pero gosh..di ko akalaing aabot pa sa puntong magpapatiwakal ung iba. they must know how to face consequences. di naman mawawala ang problema with that!

    buti na lang me mga katulad ni ka uro..very nice! ^_~

    By Anonymous lojik, at 8:12 PM, May 17, 2006  

  • ang hirap talagang magtiwala. minsan para kang sumusugal.

    pero ang masaklap kase dun yung pangarap nila ang sinira ng ibang taong walang kwenta. it's really hard to deal with disappointment. weakness ko nga un eh. lalo na kung nag-effort ka na.

    pero gosh..di ko akalaing aabot pa sa puntong magpapatiwakal ung iba. they must know how to face consequences. di naman mawawala ang problema with that!

    buti na lang me mga katulad ni ka uro..very nice! ^_~

    By Anonymous lojik, at 8:12 PM, May 17, 2006  

  • nalulungkot ako everytime i hear stories like these. dahil sa hirap ng buhay sa pinas, everyone wants to go out thinking they'll get a better life. pero madalas, hindi din. tapos malayo pa sila sa pamilya nila.

    sa dubai, marami ding ganyang cases. pupunta dun with a tourist visa tska maghahanap ng trabaho. kakalungkot kasi they will accept whatever comes along kasi gumastos na sila ng pamasahe, etc.

    By Blogger gracita, at 8:32 PM, May 17, 2006  

  • Ang masasabi ko lang mga kabayan, mahirap pagkalaruan ang buhay kailangan esep-esep muna sa isang desisyon maaring mababago lahat ng setwasyon nyo sa buhay.

    By Blogger gelo, at 8:35 PM, May 17, 2006  

  • cindy,
    in fairness naman to some agencies, hindi naman lahat corrupt at mapagsamantala.

    rhada,
    yung promotion of awareness, it's something i'm thinking about, kung papaano? yung iba kasi walang internet access so basta na lang sila naniniwala sa mga taong lumalapit sa kanila.

    kiwinoy,
    balita ko yung isa nagpalit pa ng pangalan para makapag-operate ulit.


    banjan,
    actually andito yung agency. actually hindi naman yata agency. more like 1 man/woman operation.


    analyse,
    to be fair naman sa mga immigration consultants, lahat sila standard yata ang sinisingil which is US$5000. yung mga reputable ones they give a money back guaranty if you don't get a residence visa. yung iba na not so reputable, kuha lang sila ng kuha ng applicants. lahat sinisingil ng 5k. out of 100 applicants they might succeed only 5 percent of the time. kaya ayun limant tao napasaya nila, 95 na tao galit sa kanila.

    lojik,
    yun din nga ang dapat ipukpok sa ulo ng mga applicante. they have to do their part and get as much information themselves. yung iba kasi tinatamad maglakad ng mga papers. pwede naman sila na lang pero they hire consultants thinking that the consultant will do eveything for them at ibibigay na lang sa kanila ng consultant ang pasaporte nila na may visa.

    gracita,
    nakakalungkot talaga. pero minsan hindi ko alam kung sino sisisihin ko. yun bang manloloko o yung naloko. kasi kung ang isang tao ay magreresearch muna ng husto bago bitawan ang libo-libo niyang ipon, hindi siya basta na lang maloloko.

    gelo,
    yun nga dapat mag-isip muna. gumawa ng sariling research. anything to do with one's future dapat huwag ipagtiwala ng lubusan sa iba. dapat may sariling pagpupunyagi ang bawat isa. one should not put themselves in a situation na pwede silang pagsamantalahin ng iba.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 9:01 AM, May 18, 2006  

  • Bakit ganun, dapat kapwa pinoy ang nagtutulungan dba? naiinis ako! nabubwisit ako! Ang daming illegal agency at mga illegal recruiter sa atin. bakit hinde asikasuhin ng government natin?

    Minsan sa pagnanais ng mga kababayan nating makalabas ng bansa, pinagsasamantalahan na sila ng mga alang kaluluwang tao... walang halang ang bituka. bakit dahil lang sa pera, sinusugal nila ung kaluluwa kay satan?

    waaaaaaa... yoko na naiinis lang tlga ako!!

    By Blogger tutubing_karayom, at 10:51 AM, May 18, 2006  

  • Hi Ka Uro,

    Is there a way to NZIS certify immigration consultants in the Philippines. This way all would be migrants would know who are those legally approved consultants.

    This should be published thru the media.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:21 PM, May 18, 2006  

  • I had a first hand experience on this - sa isang acquintance ko. She employed a consultant for her to have a chance to migrate here in NZ. She didn't make it thru skilled migrant category. So ginawa ng consultant was gave her the other options paano makapunta dito and consequences e.g. toursit visa & student visa. That's the main difference with your story - was fully aware kung anong repurcussions. She went for 6 month student visa with the hope na mag-kakawork offer sha. But it didn't happen (long story). Naubos ang lifetime savings niya kasi nga nag-enrol sha + board & lodging - not to mention yung consultation fee and airfare :(

    What am I trying to drive at...ahhh...siguro ganun na ata ka-desperate ang mga kababayan natin na makalabas ng bansa. Sad but that's the reality of it.

    By Anonymous trotskybee, at 2:44 PM, May 18, 2006  

  • PS: I think Tito KU, the best way is to study the immigration process via the website - lahat naman ng information nandiyan. Then, sali sila sa group ninyo so that they can ask for free advise and/or clarification pag hindi nila maintindihan ang nasa NZ immigration website.

    Speaking of which - pag may nagtanong po sakain paano pumunta dito lagi kong binibigay ang NZ immig. website. With your permission, puwede po bang irecommend ko na rin ang pinoys2nz?

    By Anonymous trotskybee ulit, at 2:48 PM, May 18, 2006  

  • oo nga eh kawawa mga kababayan natin...

    kapwa pinoy inu utakan tayo.. banyaga pa kaya!? :(

    By Blogger VemSan, at 7:05 PM, May 18, 2006  

  • I second thee (Rhada)

    Hello Ka Uro, long time no 'c' :-)

    By Anonymous thess, at 3:36 AM, May 19, 2006  

  • i remember when i came to canada with only $350 in my pocket, no job, no apartment, no contacts but in me was a million dollars worth of bravado, fighting spirits and pure determination to succeed.

    when most of the filipinos here were doctors, majority nurses and there were some engineers and teachers. me as an underclass new
    emigre.

    at the beginning when old timers filipinos here were living in fashionable apartments, driving new flashy GM big cars, they have regular monthly salaries while i carry my groceries with BMW or as you know Bus,Metro,Walk

    i was blindsided with blind ambition to succeed all i could see was the path infront of me, in reality i couldn't care less at the time how the other filipinos who arrived were doing. i knew they wer doing better than me. but ehem that was then

    now, it's not easy to be humble. but yeah i toot my own horns, me, my wife and my kids are way ahead, why i know because i got the better of my dreams of our dreams. succeeding, rising amidst numerous hurdles of financial restrains.

    immigrants, specially filipinos are very resilients. we succeed even where the odds are againts us.

    my suggestion is : don't allow temporary setback hinders you in your path of making a better living. do not cry for spilled milk (money) there will always be plenty waiting for new comers. i can assure you about that.

    good luck kabayans, talagang ganyan, una una lang. sa huli maabutan din nyo sila at baka mas mabuti pa sa kanila. di ba?

    By Blogger Air Milikay, at 1:38 PM, May 19, 2006  

  • Very good and valid concern, Ka Uro and it's a pitiful situation. Pero habang hindi pa sila na-didiport at nandian pa, they should just accept the jobs available, prove to the government that they are better workers and do everything they can so they can stay in the country. Doon sa pinanggalingan ko sa Hastings/Napier, maraming orchards doon mga vineyards kung saan nangangailan ng mga seasonal workers palagi- ang importante yung financial source muna ang i-secure- humingi ng support sa income support(they provide free counseling and referrals here- siempre concern din nila yan)
    Majority sa atin na napapadpad dito, in terms of professional work, we have to accept that sometimes we have to start from scratch (esp if you are not one from the medical profession). Yung agent ay middle man lang yan. The best is to go to the immigration website and analyze the requirements there. Good luck

    By Blogger VICKY, at 4:37 AM, May 20, 2006  

  • hmmm, ganun na ba ka-ganid ang ibang pinoy para lamang magkapera?

    manloloko ng mga kapwa nila para umangat?

    akala ko dito lamang sa dubai nangyayari ang harapang panloloko ng mga travel agency sa pinas. pati rin pala jan, pero sosyal sila - consultant kuno!

    di ko alam kung kulang sa pag-unawa ang mga nabibiktima, desperadong makaalis ng pilipinas o sadyang mabulaklak ang dila ng mga switik!

    By Blogger Mmy-Lei, at 8:43 PM, May 20, 2006  

  • marami ding manloloko dito, well not necessarily here, i mean pinoy sa pinas na tutulungan kuno ang mga tao pumunta dito sa dubai, pg dating sa airport, fake pala ang visa..so either di sila makalbas ng ninoy aquino airport OR pgdating nila dito sa dxb airport, deported agad! tsk tsk tsk

    sometimes nakakainis isipin na kapwa pilipino nanloloko sa kabayan, para lang sa pera!

    By Anonymous pobs, at 5:26 AM, May 22, 2006  

  • May additional concern lang ako, may mga kababayan natin na alam na nila yong setwasyon na pupuntahan nila which is no job offer yong tipong typical na "SAPALARAN" na walang tiyak na pupuntahan at kahit ganon kalaki ang gagastuhin nila ok lang sa kanila basta makarating lang sa place na yon, ok lang eto kabayan kong ikaw ay isang single, young age at di ka pa establisado(work) sa yong katayuan san ka man naroroon ngayon pero kong ikaw ay isang establisado sa buhay at sa work maganda ang kinikita mo pati position, youre family status is in above average living and life style is very good san man ka narooon ngayon, palagay ko kabayan di mo na kailangan umalis pa dahil kaya mo ng bilihin ang pinakamahal na education, hospital facility para sa anak at family mo. Meron akong friend d2 may job offer na sya sa NZ plantchado na lahat nagkatalo lang sa type of Visa na binigay sa kanya ng VO bale WTR w/c mean same here as OFW kaya ni-refused na nya yong offer sa kanya kong PR daw yon pwedeng labanan.

    By Blogger gelo, at 8:06 PM, May 23, 2006  

  • I sympathize with what happened to the new immigrants in Ka Uro's story, but, when you think about it, they put themselves in that situation because they wanted to get to NZ at all costs. Kahit anong klaseng visa pinatulan nila basta lang makarating sa NZ.

    I used to be like that, too. I computed my points and it didn't reach 140. So I started thinking of ways to get around the 140 rule, like getting a student visa na lang.

    But after thinking more about the situation, I realized that it would be counter-productive to go to NZ as a student and not be able to work full time, when all I really wanted was to earn more.

    If you approach an agency and tell them to find ways to get you to NZ, of course they will do as you ask because that's the way they earn. You want a visa, they'll give you one. That's the extent of their service. We cannot expect them to guarantee our success of settling down in NZ, or of finding a decent job. That's up to us.

    So my advice to those who want to go to NZ is: assess the job prospects in NZ first, then assess you own qualifications. Will you fit into the job market? If not, don't force it. You will only regret it.

    Kaya nga nag post ng list of absolute skill shortage and list of future growth areas ang NZIS, para would-be immigrants will have a better picture of what lies in store for them in NZ. It's like NZIS is saying -- ito lang kami. If you fit into our economy, you're welcome here. Otherwise, you might have a hard time finding a job.

    The bottom line is: get a job in NZ first before even lodging your EOI. Or at the very least, apply directly to your target jobs in NZ. (I know many employers say they won't entertain applications from people who don't have working visas or who are not yet in NZ. BUT there are some who will entertain your application.) That should give you an idea of whether you will get a job NZ that will pay more than what you're earning in the Philippines, which is all you wanted naman in the first place, di ba?

    It's sad that we have to leave our country just to earn more, but that's our reality now. The thing is to intelligently prepare for it. If we find that NZ is not for us, then it's better to know before we actually get there.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:17 AM, June 17, 2006  

  • salamat sa blog na ito ka uro...this is true, isa ako sa biktima nito, itemized ko sa inyo ang gastos ko, 5,500 UNITED STATE DOLLAR,bayad namin sa matabang agent na ito,8,700 NZD,bayad namin sa school KUNG SAAN KAMI naka enroll ng 1 year, advance 2 months rent sa double deck na room apat ang laman sa isang maliit na room at travel insurance namin, i paid 1,800 nzd, ticket namin sa plane, 1000 USD,AT BUTI NA LANG DININIG NA DYOS ANG DASAL KO NAKAKUHA AKO NG WORK PERMIT,pero subrang galit pa sakin ng agent dahil hindi daw ako dapat kumuha ng work permit dahil kailangan ko daw tapusin ang 4 year course ko na homeopathy, at ang matindi...sa ngayon KUMUKUHA ANG AGENT KO NG 10 PERCENT SA SALARY KO PAYABLE FOR 12MONTHS....ANG agent ko ay si ELVIRA CAPA-SMITH,AIMS ANG KANYANG COMPANY.....SALAMAT NA NAILABAS KO ANG GALIT KO, DAHIL SA TOTOO LANG ...ITS NOT WORTH IT...BAON KAMI NG UTANG SA PILIPINAS SA NGAYON AT HINDI KAMI MAKAPAGBAYAD SA NGAYON....SALAMAT PO KA URO,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:31 PM, August 09, 2007  

  • Thanks Ka Uro sa napaka informative blog site mo. Nabasa ko ngayon lang ang comments ni Anonymous tungkol sa kanyang Consultant na si Mrs. Elvira-Capa Smith. Ganun pala ang nangyari sa kanya. Samakatuwid ay ganun din pala ang maaaring mangyari sa amin. Marami kaming Pinoy na kinuha ang service ni Mam Elvira para makapunta kami sa NZ mostly by visit visa. Ang ilan sa amin ay malapit ng umalis at ipa process na raw niya ang aming mga Visit visa. Dapat na mai share ko sa kanila ang comments ni Anonymous para ma enlightened din sila. Mabuti na lamang at di pa kami nakakabayad na lahat para sa consultation and professional fees. Bale US$5,500 ang hinihingi niya sa amin. 50% ang dapat naming maibigay sa kanya bago kami umalis papuntang NZ at yung 50% balance ay installment kapag nandun na kami. Tyak na tulad din kay Anonymous ang mangyayari na 10% every month ang ikakaltas niya sa amin. Bale nakapag bigay na kami ng partial payments. Ako ay US$500 pa lamang ang naibigay ko at balak ko ngang bayaran ng lahat ang balance para dun sa US$2,750 na 50% pero mabuti na lamang at nabasa ko ang comments ni Anonymous. Papaano ba ang gagawin ko ngayon kasi ay nasa kanya (Elvira) ng lahat ang mga original documents namin (complete credentials). Ayon kasi sa contract naming pinirmahan sa AIMS Immigration ay di namin iyon makukuha kapag nag withdraw kami kaya problemang malaki. Baka pwede mo naman kaming bigyan ng advice KA URO para naman di kami maloko.

    Maraming salamat.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:02 AM, September 13, 2007  

  • hi anonymous,
    i dont know what you can do because you signed a contract. i'm not a lawyer so my advice is maybe for you to find one and ask the lawyer how you can get your documents back in case you withdraw. maybe it will also help kung magka-isa kayong mga pareho ang case kasi mas magiging malakas ang bargaining power ninyo kung marami kayo. kung nag-iisa ka lang baka hindi ka pansinin ng AIMS. email me privately and i will refer to you a lawyer who might be able to help.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 9:47 AM, September 13, 2007  

  • Thank you very much sa immediate reply and advice mo Ka URO. Naka-usap ko na po iyung ibang friends ko na parehas kami ng case. Yung iba ay gusto na nga pong mag withdraw pero meron pa rin pong ibig na ituloy ng pagbabayad para makapunta daw po agad sa New Zealand at subukan kung makakakita agad sila ng employer at kung di magiging mapalad ay saka nila kukunin sa AIMS ang kanilang mga original documents. Ang sabi ko naman sa kanila ay mahirap yun dahil sapalaran. Hayaan po ninyo at lilinawin kong mabuti ito sa AIMS at subukan ko na baka pwede pa akong mag withdraw at ibalik na lang nila sa akin ang lahat ng original kong mga credentials at kahit di ko na makuha yung naibigay kong downpayment. Balitaan ko po kayo agad kapag nagawa ko na po ang i email privately ang AIMS. Muli po ay thank you sa advice n'yo at patuloy po akong susubaybay sa inyong mga comments at ipa pang mga articles. God bless po and regards to your family.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:44 PM, September 13, 2007  

  • ka uro magandang araw po.isa rin po ako sa aplikante ng aims at ni elvira capa smith.nabasa ko ka uro ang complain ng isang pinoy against aims.ang kaso ko naman po eh working visa ang ini offer nila sa akin.as of now nagbayad na po ako ng 2000us dollars plus ung hiningi niya na 950us dollars sa pag aayos ng aming nzqa(new zealnd qualification assessment)at sabi nya sa amin after 3 months pa namin malalaman.nagaalala po ako dahil dito sa mga blogs na nabasa namin.ano pong advice ang maibibigay nyo sa akin.salamat po

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:12 AM, September 14, 2007  

  • since nakapagbayad ka na, hintayin mo na lang ang result. huwag kang magbayad ng karagdagan kung wala kang nakikitang malinaw na result. kung hihingi pa ng karagdagan, sabihin mo i-withdraw mo na lang ang application at mga documents mo at humingi ka ng refund. in the meantime, i suggest you join Pinoyz2nz (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pinoyz2nz). you can get free advice from the group from people who've been through the application process or similar situation as you. good luck

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 7:31 AM, September 14, 2007  

  • may nakikila ako same situation sa kanya ni anonymous na student visa pero wala naman silang reklamo kasi na iintindihan naman nila ang sinasabi ng agent nila...at saka they are happy now in NZ with their families...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:15 PM, September 25, 2007  

  • AIMS, AIMS, AIMS i know of some friends na nag-apply sa kanila..and it's true about Php500,000 tlaga magagastos nila or depende daw if u want the pay-lite option (something)...plano ko sana mag-apply din, kaso when i read this blog, and bad comments about MRS. ELVIRA CAPA-SMITH..yoko na ata..kakatakot naman

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:39 AM, October 07, 2007  

  • Client din naman kami ng aims at nagging student din ng homeopathy..kung gusto mo ng magandang buhay, u have to invest for it. After a while u will realize na it’s worth it lalo kung makuha mo na ang residency ng nz, bayad lahat ang paghihirap mo. Madaming benefits ka makukuha like free school for ur children,u get free medical services. You get real good support from the government like financial support if u are unable to work. Sa nz less ang stress mo sa lahat. It may just be a misunderstanding, after a while u will realize that its worth it!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:09 AM, November 21, 2007  

  • hello po ka uro,client din naman kami ng family ko ng aims pero naging maganda naman po ang buhay namin dito sa nz.Nakakaawa talaga ang ang nangyari sa kababayan natin na nagcomplaint against aims pero in fairness naman ang masasabi ko lang tayo ang gumagawa ng future and decisions natin in our life at hindi ang agent or consultant natin.kaya nga consultant ang tawag sa kanila kasi nagcoconsult lang tayo,in the end its up to us to decide what we really wanted to happen diba.So dont blame others with your misfortune...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:43 AM, January 21, 2008  

  • hi anonymous,
    yes you are quite right. i agree we cannot keep blaming others for all our misfortunes. we should own up part of it as our own. lalo na nowadays na napakadali nang makakuha ng kahit anong information. mag-search ka lang sa net tungkol sa isang agency or company madami ka nang makukuhang info. at kung wala naman, kahinahinala din. before giving out your hard earned cash to anyone, pag-isipan mo muna ang do due diligence. remember lahat ng agency/company they are out there to sell us something. pwedeng goods or services. most will only tell you the good things about their products. it's up to us to research what the bad things are, if any.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 9:59 AM, January 21, 2008  

  • hay naku,wag kayo basta basta magbibitaw ng pera ng walang kasiguruhan..Sobra naman ang mga agencies na yan mga walang konsensya.Yaan nyo pera lang yan pero ang karma na babalik sa mga manlolokong agency doble pa.susunugin kaluluwa nila.
    kaya next time mga kababayan be careful ha.sana naman ibalik nila ung perang nagastos nyo.kayo naghirap sa pera tapos iba ang makikinabang at hndi lang basta pera un kabuhayan nyo un.
    Ka uro meron ka bang maibibigay na advice para makuha ang mga perang ibinayad nila?
    salamat po.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:57 AM, February 15, 2008  

  • helo po, just read the comments fom ur blog po. i was quite surprised with what ive read bwt AIMS. kc m currently processing my papers for NZ and Elvira Capa Smith is my consultant.US$5.5K dn po hiningi nya.50% payable in Nz, 50% payable in RP. nkabayad na po ko ng downpayment na USD500.nbahala napo ngyn sa nbasa ko. wat shud be the best thing to do ka uro?HELP!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:47 AM, April 06, 2008  

  • hi anonymous,
    my advice is for you join Pinoyz2nz. Its free. anything you wanna ask AIMS, ask mo muna sa Pinoyz2nz. if later you still feel you need AIMS, it's up to you. otherwise, why pay $5k? about the $500 deposit, if you can get a refund, forget about it. at least konti pa lang nailalabas mo.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 7:36 AM, April 06, 2008  

  • thanks much sa response ka uro.. wanna ask tho,kumusta po ung mga ng aply dn sa AIMS who got in contact with you? ok na po ba sila?did they continue @ AIMS?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:08 PM, April 07, 2008  

  • Gud day k uro, I don't think mgagawa ng AIMS ung mga negative comments nla regarding sa AIMS,kc kilala ko si Elvira Smith and alam ko n ginagawa nya ang laht pra sa ikabubuti ng mga pinoy dun s NZ, specially ung mga client nya. I think gusto lang nling siraan ang AIMS.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:37 PM, April 08, 2008  

  • hi anonymous,
    if you know elvira smith that well, pwede ba kitang makilala? you can email me privately at maurojean@gmail.com. baka naman pwede mong matulungan yung mga kababayan natin na may complaints laban sa kanya.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 5:42 PM, April 08, 2008  

  • kamusta po ka uro,i believed kay anonymous.kliyante at consultant ko si mrs smith but i never felt na ni ripped off nya kami ng family ko.actually malaki ang naitulong nya sa amin dito para makapag settled kami kasi wala kami kakilala ng dumating kami dito nuon.sana naman mga kababayan wag muna tayo maniniwala sa sabi sabi,kilalanin nyo munang mabuti yung tao bago kayo manghusga ng kapwa kasi nakakahiya,tayo tayong pilipino nagsisiraan.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:59 PM, April 25, 2008  

  • advice lang po ka uro sa mga pilipinong gustong pumunta ng NZ. Ngayon n nabasa nyo na ang mga good and bad comments about Aims and Elvira Capa Smith my question is magtitiwala pa ba kayo sa kanya? Mag isip kayo ng isang milyong beses. Maraming paraan para pumunta ng NZ na hindi kayo dadaan sa kanya. Kaya ng mabasa ko ang mga blogs na 'to parang ayoko na atang mag apply sa kanila kakatakot.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:30 AM, May 02, 2008  

  • magandang araw po ka uro!first of all Im not from any agency,Im just one of the heck who does researches about this agency.how can you make such accusations?Honestly,kung wala ka naman alam talaga anything about the agency,its better not to post anything inappropriate.kasi parang ang dating na you are such a lowlife cheap person.nakakahiya man na sabihin pero talaga yatang likas sa ating mga pilipino ang crab mentality and cheap stuff-chismisan in short.salamat po ka uro

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:07 PM, May 04, 2008  

  • hi anonymous,
    thank you for your comment. mind sharing with us the results of your researches. can you tell us how much the agency charges? what is their success rate? what is the average period of time an applicant waits to get a PR if they go through the agency? does the agency have a refund policy? if yes, what is it? sharing us these information from your research would be more helpful and could foster better understanding than accusing people of being "lowlife and cheap", don't you think?

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 7:47 AM, May 05, 2008  

  • hello...I just read the comments in your blog and I felt shaken and scared..Just like some other people here, I was also a client of AIMS and I already paid around 400,000 peso for their services..I was also offered student visa to get a homeopathy course in NZ...Before getting to their services I referred the contract to a lawyer and it seems that the contract is okay and there is nothing wrong with it..However, I still need some advice and enlightenement with regard to my application and what is the reality to expect when I get there to New Zealand.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:03 PM, August 03, 2008  

  • marami talagang di makaintindi. pwede mo ba namang pasukin yung isang bagay nang di mo naiintindihan ang pinapasok mo?! Natural lang na maningil si Mrs Smith ng 5500 USD dahil iyon naman talaga ang standard na singilan ng mga consultant sa ngayon eh. Hindi naman napupunta sa kanya lahat iyon dahil umuupa din sya ng pwesto, may mga taong pinapasweldo, kuryente at tubig pa, telephone etc. etc. Kung tutuusin ay mura na yung 5500 USD dahil pang buong family mo na ang kasama doon. May mga taong mahilig lang kasi isisi sa iba yung kamalasan nila, pero dahil na rin iyon sa katigasan ng kanilang ulo at katangahan. Client din ako ng AIMS at satisfied ako sa services nila. Ang balita ko nga eh madami pang di nagbabayad kay Mrs Smith. Akalain mo yun, natulungan na't lahat eh di man lang magbayad!! KAPAL!!!

    By Blogger Rowena67, at 9:38 PM, November 11, 2008  

  • Mga kababayan, natanggap na namin ang PR namin. Client din kami ng AIMS and I would like to say, wala namang naging ganung kalaking problema sa processing. Pareho rin ang consultancy fee sa iba nilang clients. In other words, at the end of the day, it really has something to do with how you have come to view people ang things around you. Kung may diprensya ang consultancy, pag-usapan. Pag hindi makuha sa usapan, meet halfway. Pero sa huli, kung sino ang nasa side ng original contract/agreement, and sticks to it, yun siguro ang nakalalamang. Kung may babayaran, bago kayo pumirma ng contract with AIMS, alam nyo na yun. Success or failure may actually be partly dependent on your own discretion.
    Anyway, I just wanted to say, AIMS has done their share of mine and family's main goal- a stable residency in NZ. Cheers!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:48 AM, January 30, 2009  

  • It's good for you kase maganda ang nangyari eh how about naman for those people na naloko..ganun n lang ba yun?is it fair enough? siguro sa sampung nag apply siyam eh naloko....anyway God knows.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:18 AM, March 11, 2009  

  • Tama ka na sa naunang sumulat, kung sino mang pinalad yan, may magandang nangyari kaya siya nakapagsalita ng ganyan. Pero sa tingin ko kung pinagisipan muna lahat bago sumugod sa anumang bagay, hindi mauuwi sa bulilyaso. Ang tanong, nabasa ba lahat ng detalye ng pinirmahang kontrata? Nagtanong ba muna bago pumirma? Maraming dapat tingnan. Para makalipadka sa New Zealand, palagay ko nasa tamang edad ka na para maging wise sa maraming bagay. Lalo na sa pera. Anyways, good luck. God bless.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:55 PM, April 02, 2009  

  • hello! meron po ba sa inyo ang nakapagwithdraw na sa aims? gsto ko din sanang magwithdraw pls help me(rai_yan_14@yahoo.com) godbless

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:08 PM, May 13, 2009  

  • hi there! I was a client of AIMS and in fairness to Mrs Capa-Smith, She did a very good job. I do believe filipino applicants should read (and understand) their contracts thoroughly (word for word even to the littlest detail) before they sign anything. It's the people who doesnt do this who ends up in the s**t because they're already expecting a lot before they even get the chance to settle here, let alone get here. If you think something is not right, seek legal advice. DO NOT jeopardize your and your family's future because of one mistake. It is too risky yet too easy to gamble your life's worth of hard work just because you pursued on something you are unsure of. Think of the consequences.

    By Anonymous JETLEE, at 11:40 AM, September 23, 2009  

  • Hi mga kabayan,

    In fairness din sa AIMS hindi naman panluluko dahil may contract naman at alam mo din ang iyong dapat babayaran may kamahalan nga lang.

    Subalit hindi po lahat na e expect mo ay natutupad sa oras ng AIMS, may katagalan lang po ang proceso hangang sa ma expired nalang mga documents mo kaya hindi ko na po ipinagpatuloy ang serbisyo ng AIMS at nakapunta din naman kami ng pamilya ko sa NZ ng direct hire pa nga at ticket lang po ang gastos namin at naka pag citizen na rin po, ang maganda hindi na po ako naka pag bayad ng full payment.

    Ang mapapayo ko lang sa mga nais pumunta ng NZ kung ayaw nyo mag pagod ng husto at marami kayong pera okay ang mag agent pero kung kabuhayan at puro utang lang din naman ang gagastusin nyo mag pinoyz2nz nalang po kayo wala pong bayad yan.(http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pinoyz2nz). mabuhay ka URU.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:44 PM, September 23, 2009  

  • can somebody please help me answer this? i am also one of the clients of AIMS we have been emailing her regarding the status of my student visa application which we lodged in last april of this year but until now she's not returning our email,recently we found out that the AIMS website has been suspended, i am beginning to get worried we already paid the necessary fees and even more, can somebody please help me?

    By Blogger angels03mnl, at 11:52 PM, September 27, 2009  

  • hi, angels03mnl. have u tried ringing her? are u in NZ or still back in the Philippines?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:03 PM, September 28, 2009  

  • To those who suffered pray na lang natin si smith na yan. And to those na maganda ang kinalabasan at natulugnan ni smith.. maswerte kayo kasi di nyo pinaghirapan ang pera siguro kaya bayad lang kayo ng bayad sa kanya kahit wala naman sa contract na ganyan ang babayaran. well sa nabasa ko na ito, mas mabuti pa na magdeal tayo don sa taong walang bahid ng kagahamanan. now that we are informed its up to us to decide.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:08 PM, December 16, 2009  

  • to angels03mnl.. you have to seek for a lawyer's advice, bring your contract to figure out what are the vioations of AIMS.. if there are lots of violations, you have to demand for a damages.. and even ask to refund your fees.. then seek the assistance of the NZ immigration.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:49 PM, December 19, 2009  

  • @ angels03mnl, Nag-file ng bankruptcy ang AIMS, and is now liquidated as per Insolvency and Trustee Service. A move to escape the numerous swindling charges Elvira Capa-Smith is facing. Professional swindler talaga. FINANCIAL RAPIST. Still operating under-the-table though, using OneGroup for her next victims. Nakiki-kabit na lang. She's blacklisted to get an immigration adviser's license sa dami ng demanda at reklamo. Lumipat na ng bagong bahay, nag-tatago sa mga niloko niya. She's now using different aliases dahil sa baho ng kanyang pangalan. You may contact the Philippine Embassy or the Philippine Consul in Auckland, NZ, regarding the numerous charges against her.

    Last February 2010, na-broadcast live sa Channel 2 ang kanyang panloloko. May limang (5) ex-Saudi workers ang nag-complain sa NZ Embassy sa Manila at sa NBI.

    It's hard to believe, Elvira Capa-Smith is a Born Again Christian and actively goes to her church every Sunday. O anong kapal ng pag-mumukha ng taong ito! Maraming Pinoy ang lumipat ng ibang church dahil dito.

    Hindi po sapat na ipag-pray na lang. Kailangan po ay mayroon tayong sense of justice. Ang magnanakaw ay hindi pinatatawad hanggat hindi sinasauli ang ninakaw.

    Nag-bibigay po ng libreng tulong ang Immigration Advisers Authority para sa mga clients ng mga unlicensed immigration consultants at mga nabiktima ni Elvira Capa-Smith.

    You may visit the Insolvency Trustee Service website, choose "company", then enter Associated International Management Services.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:45 PM, April 03, 2010  

  • @ angels03mnl, Elvira Capa-Smith filed bankruptcy for AIMS and has gone into liquidation. The assets couldn't pay all her liabilities. A very cunning move to escape litigations from fraud and her financial obligations. Surprisingly, though, she is back into her modus operandi, using OneGroup Immigration Consultancy, since the Immigration Advisers Authority have rejected her application.
    She's gone into hiding, discreetly moving from one residence to another, and using her loyal clients' cars to travel unobtrusively. She is facing numerous legal cases all over New Zealand and lost in many of them.
    I don't believe prayer alone is enough. Everyone should have a sense of justice to stop people like Elvira Capa-Smith from duping and victimizing the Filipino people.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:10 PM, April 10, 2010  

  • I am also a client of AIMS and a victim. I filed a legal case against Elvira Capa-Smith. I discovered that Elvira Capa-Smith is a convicted swindler under Philippine laws as per
    Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 66, Criminal Case Number 91-1542 at Makati City, Metro Manila. There were other cases in Baguio, Cebu, and Quezon City wherein she was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Anyone can verify the veracity of this information at the National Bureau of Investigation Head Office (NBI) in Manila who keeps an active Hold Order against Elvira Capa-Smith. In fact, immediate arrest and incarceration awaits her once she arrives in Manila. This is the main reason why she never returned to the Philippines or left New Zealand.
    Anyone can also verify the numerous complaints of fraud filed against Elvira Capa-Smith at the Philippine Embassy in Wellington, the Philippine Consulate in Auckland, and the Ministry of Justice (NZ).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:19 PM, April 11, 2010  

  • To all those whose original documents are kept at AIMS office, 71 Marua Rd., Ellerslie, Auckland: YOU MUST CLAIM THEM ASAP AFTER READING THIS MESSAGE.

    Last Sunday, we saw two of Elvira Capa-Smith's loyal clients emptying the office at Marua Rd. We asked them if Elvira Capa-Smith is relocating her office. On the contrary, we were told that she can't afford to pay the rent anymore and in fact owes her landlord seven (7) months of unpaid rent. The office is in complete disarray--furnitures and clients' folders scattered all over. See for yourself!

    We also learned that her silver Honda Stepwagon van was repossessed
    by the financing company. Her ex-Chinese staff told us that the Inland Revenue (IRD) is chasing her
    for falsely declaring information on AIMS' income statements for the past years.

    If you are in Auckland and would like to seek legal advice, please proceed to the Citizen's Advice Bureau at Silvia Park.

    We were very lucky to have been alerted by one of her ex-staffs to withdraw our application and documents from AIMS last 2008. We also learned that all applications submitted with AIMS' cover letter were heavily scrutinized by Immigration NZ because of too many complaints and legal cases from past victims, some as early as 1994. Even her staffs have filed a legal case against her for violations of NZ's labor laws and non-payment of wages.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:15 PM, April 13, 2010  

  • Im also one of the client.I think we should also include to our complain her ex manager Arnel De Guzman and her PA Joenita Florendo.Im pretty sure that these people nows everything specially Arnel as he was the manager and I made some payments to him promising to give a receipt but never recieve any.I also heard that he even accomodated some of the students and paying him a large amount of money.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:10 AM, April 14, 2010  

  • We need help. We are a group victims from Brunei. We went into panic mode after learning about AIMS' closure. We've paid in full, but nothing happened with our application. We filed a complaint at the Philippine Embassy in Wellington and Brunei last year.

    We want to retrieve all our original documents, but we can't reach Elvira Capa-Smith. Based from the reports posted here, obviously, she's gone into hiding. Can someone please help us?

    One of my friends, a teacher, was advised to resign from her job and return to Manila to wait for the issuance of her Work Visa. She waited, and waited for nothing. She filed a legal case in Manila. The AIMS branch manager in Manila resigned and had gone into hiding. Then, a new branch manager assumed the position but didn't last because of so many legal charges. The name of the office is A+ Consulting and is now closed.

    Ka Uro, please advise us. What is our next step?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:17 PM, April 17, 2010  

  • I just got my Permanent Residency. If I haven't withdrawn from AIMS, my documents will decompose in Elvira's filing cabinet. Magaling lang maningil, she will call you in the most unholy hours just follow-up your payment. Switik! I do totally agree that the service is not worth the payment. There is no "customer care" and you are treated like her servant. She is dodgy, cunning, unscrupulous, greedy, and sinister in nature.

    I cried a lot after receiving my PR-- for the hardships I experienced under Elvira's hands, for my batch and the others who have withdrawn from Elvira and sought help from others, for those who were exploited and maltreated, and for the rest of her victims who have lost their fortunes and livelihood.

    I do hereby attest to the legal charges and complaints against Elvira. All you need to do is call Immigration NZ itself, the Consul General's office in Takapuna, Auckland, or the Philippine Embassy in Wellington. My friends and I have done so. Yes, even her own staff had filed charges against her for gross violations of the labor laws.

    I also confirm the unnecessary and expensive courses. I'm very sure she gets hefty monetary commissions for bringing victims to the Homeopathy and English schools. I also learned about the refunds from my employer. Actually, I'm not interested in claiming it, but would rather let her keep it so she could upgrade her room in hell with Hitler.

    All the negative comments here are true. The positive ones were probably posted by Elvira herself.

    MANDARAMBONG-- is the Filipino term for a "swindler." That's what you are, Elvira. I will leave justice to take its course unto God's hands.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:22 PM, April 18, 2010  

  • To the Brunei victims and to all concerned:

    ALL LAMINATED SCHOOL DIPLOMAS WERE DISCARDED OR THROWN TO THE RUBBISH BIN.

    This info came from one of the clients who was present during the disposal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:00 PM, April 21, 2010  

  • Here in Hamilton, NZ, last 2008, Elvira Capa-Smith was charged for swindling and was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt by the court.

    Anyone can verify this information at the Ministry of Justice.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:42 PM, April 21, 2010  

  • Just a small clarification: The five (5) Saudi expats who aired their grievances against Elvira Capa-Smith on ABS-CBN Channel 2 were actually the representatives of 27 other victims who have signed and filed a formal complaint. Still, there were others who didn't make it because of the remoteness of their location here in Saidi Arabia.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:36 AM, April 22, 2010  

  • REALLY???I never met her yet but you know I thinks your just making up stories against her.Becaused I been here in NZ for a quiet sometime and I know it is not possible to verify this information at the Ministry of Justice,I mean base on my own experience,I tried to get a police certificate and a criminal record of my brother inlaw but unfortunately,I was been told by the ministry that it is not possible unless with the consent of the person involve,they cannot just disclose information to the third party due to confidentiality reasons.In which to many hassles in our part because you still need to go to your local JP to verify his consent. So how did you know all about this?Can you tell us how??In this way maybe you can help instead of just spreading heresay.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:28 AM, April 23, 2010  

  • AIMS is indeed in liquidation. You can easily verify this by going to the government website www.companies.govt.nz at search for the company number 620717.

    Assuming all the other accusations are hearsay and giving AIMS the benefit of the doubt, in any case would you still do business with it knowing that is closing down?

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 8:21 AM, April 23, 2010  

  • Here are the other companies where Capa-Smith is a director. Notice that most are struck-off or In-liquidation. Just in case anyone has dealt with the other companies aside from AIMS.

    * GNG PROPERTIES LIMITED (Struck Off) - Appointed as a director on April 22, 2004.
    * ECS PERSONNEL LIMITED (In Liquidation) - Appointed as a director on November 4, 1999.
    * HIRE MAINTAINANCE STANDARDS LIMITED (Struck Off) - Appointed as a director on February 11, 1999.
    * GLOBAL LEARNING CENTRE LIMITED (Struck Off) - Appointed as a director on May 19, 1999.
    * NURSE-4-U LIMITED (Struck Off) - Appointed as a director on April 22, 2003.
    * GNG MANAGEMENT SERVICES LIMITED (Struck Off) - Appointed as a director on June 1, 2006.
    * PROFILE HAIR DESIGN 2003 LIMITED (Struck Off) - Appointed as a director on March 24, 2003.
    * GLOBAL NETWORK GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED (Registered) - Appointed as a director on April 14, 2003.
    * FILINZ FINANCE LIMITED (Registered) - Appointed as a director on May 30, 1995 and resigned on July 1, 1995.

    * ASSOCIATED INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES LIMITED (In Liquidation) - Appointed as a director on February 18, 1994.
    * ELVIC MARKETING & DISTRIBUTING COMPANY LIMITED (Struck Off) - Appointed as a director on April 8, 1994.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 8:25 AM, April 23, 2010  

  • Thank you, Ka Uro, for posting Elvira Capa-Smith's notorious and dodgy companies. I hope everyone realized that THERE IS A VICTIM IN EACH COMPANY. These companies were used to divert one income and expenses to another, thereby circumventing Inland Revenue (IRD) laws and policies in taxation. Interesting to note that all the companies have claimed loss and tax refunds from Inland Revenue (IRD). She is indeed, a professional swindler.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:43 AM, April 23, 2010  

  • I am not one to make a judgement on her, guilty or not. I simply look at it as a potential client. I would have second thoughts getting Capa-Smith as a consultant totoo man o hindi ang mga nababasa tungkol sa kanya. Too risky!

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 12:20 PM, April 23, 2010  

  • If they were based on conjecture or hearsay, the following questions must be answered satisfactorily:
    1. Why has Elvira Capa-Smith gone into hiding? Running like a fugitive.
    2. What prevents Elvira Capa-Smith from returning to the Philippines (she never did, since she arrived in NZ) or even out of New Zealand?
    3. Why does she need to change her real name?
    4. Why does she need to travel incognito, using her clients' cars?
    5. Her family (niece, nephew, etc.) are all moving to Australia. Why?
    6. Why does she need to post as ANONYMOUS and claim as "one of her client" in this blog?
    7. Why do you think there is an overwhelming angry majority against Elvira Capa-Smith?
    8. What motivates people to file charges against Elvira Capa-Smith at any court or any proceeding? Or even contribute factual information to this blog?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:38 PM, April 23, 2010  

  • Take note, that all AIMS' branches outside NZ (QC,Marikina,Cebu,and Saudi Arabia) have all got different names and were all managed by dummies. Evira Capa-Smith's name does not appear on the board of directors or at the Securities and Exchange Commission. So, when someone files legal charges, only one branch is affected and not the whole.

    The main objective of these numerous companies in NZ is self-serving---to sell Job Offers to clients for immigration purposes. Each job offer costs NZ$2,000 or 10% of gross annual income which is deducted by auto-debit from clients' bank account.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:07 PM, April 24, 2010  

  • Regarding the Born Again issue, Elvira Capa-Smith's branch manager here in Saudi Arabia, Bro. Rey Valiente, is a Born Again pastor. Ginamit po nila ang church as a venue ng kanilang panloloko. Sinira po nila ang image ng church.
    Marami po ang umalis. If they were true Christians, bakit hindi nila isauli ang perang ibinayad namin?

    The nerve they can still go to church every Sunday and face God as if nothing happened or as if swindling is a good deed. How can they sleep soundly at night, I wonder?

    More than 100 Filipinos victims here have either paid fully or partially. They were all abandoned. Nothing happened in their application to migrate to NZ.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:19 AM, April 28, 2010  

  • The filing of bankruptcy was systematic. The property at No.5 Celtic Cres., Ellerslie, Auckland, was sold before filing. In Manila, A+ Consulting & Management Services, one of Elvira's dodgy companies, was facing numerous fraud charges from victims of her INVESTMENT SCAM. The managers of A+ Consulting and Worldwide Network Migration (Cebu), have also gone into hiding even before the filing of AIMS' bankruptcy.

    These companies are in arrears for the huge unpaid operating costs (power, phone, wages, etc).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:36 AM, May 01, 2010  

  • Acting on a morally bankrupt conscience, Elvira Capa-Smith persisted in her shady immigration business, using other people's Immigration Advisers' License. Please find below her new contact details:

    ONE GROUP CONSULTING, LTD.
    Suite 1, Level 6, 87-89 Albert St.,
    Auckland CBD 1010,
    New Zealand.

    Ph. +64-9-3072233
    Fax: +64-9-3072234

    Postal address: PO Box 106498 Auckland 1143, New Zealand.

    Source: www.iaa.govt.nz

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:45 PM, May 02, 2010  

  • Elvira Capa-Smith is now using the name ERLINDA CAPA in her notorious transactions.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:18 PM, May 15, 2010  

  • You can catch Elvira Capa Smith at the church she regularly attends to every Sunday:

    International Baptist Church
    2 Dannemora Drive,
    Dannemora, Auckland.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:34 PM, May 15, 2010  

  • now i know why pala nag close down yung offcie nila dito sa may congressional ave, q.c., isa po ko sa nag avail ng student visa program nila nung 2006 at up to now di na po nakaalis ng bansa dahil nga po pera ang naging reason... NAUBOS AT NAG KA UTANG UTANG AKO DITO AT DI NA NAKA BALIK SA WORK...kaya minsan napadaan ako sa may dating offcie nila kasi nga kukunin ko yung original diploma at transcript of records ko sa school ko...eh, wala na po sila dun....eto nga po at nakita ko itong blog about them...napakasakit talaga, nasira yung mga pangarap ko para sa family ko at eto pa sang tmabak ang utang ko at wala pa po kong permant job now....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:06 PM, May 17, 2010  

  • I'm one of the clients of AIMS here in Manila and I'm surprised by the stories I viewed here. Recently, I tried calling their office in Q.C. and the number is disconnected. I decided to visit the office and it has been closed down. I'd like to get some of my original documents, but the question is HOW? The lady manager whom I get to text before would not respond now. All the money I gave, I just borrowed it and I'm still paying for it. I started this NZ dream back 2006 and up to now my life has been unstable.

    By Blogger ecdm8, at 2:03 PM, May 23, 2010  

  • Nung nalaman kong denied ako sa NZ hindi na ako ngatubili na asikasuhin kaagad ung papers ko..Ngfile na ako ng case againsts them on 2009 that time nghahanap ako ng applicants who has the same case like me para sana may kasama akong lumaban sa kanila..unfortunately, wala talaga akong nakakasabay twing pumpunta ako sa office nila dun sa congressional..buti na lang at inasikaso ko kaagad kasi nabawi ko pa ung pera at documents..Existing pa that time ung office nila and I guess marami pa ring ngaaply..they gave you false hope..buti na lang kinasuhan ko sila agad at through that process ang dami kong nalaman na kabulukan nila..I just hope mabawi din ng mga co-applicants ko ung pera at documents nila..I'm sure mahahabol din nila si ELVIRA-CAPA-SMITH na yan...at sana pagbayarin nya lahat ng mga ginawa nya..pagtulungan na lang natin ito..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:07 PM, September 16, 2010  

  • Nung nalaman kong denied ako sa NZ hindi na ako ngatubili na asikasuhin kaagad ung papers ko..Ngfile na ako ng case againsts them on 2009 that time nghahanap ako ng applicants who has the same case like me para sana may kasama akong lumaban sa kanila..unfortunately, wala talaga akong nakakasabay twing pumpunta ako sa office nila dun sa congressional..buti na lang at inasikaso ko kaagad kasi nabawi ko pa ung pera at documents..Existing pa that time ung office nila and I guess marami pa ring ngaaply..they gave you false hope..buti na lang kinasuhan ko sila agad at through that process ang dami kong nalaman na kabulukan nila..I just hope mabawi din ng mga co-applicants ko ung pera at documents nila..I'm sure mahahabol din nila si ELVIRA-CAPA-SMITH na yan...at sana pagbayarin nya lahat ng mga ginawa nya..pagtulungan na lang natin ito..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:07 PM, September 16, 2010  

  • Sa nag last post po...how can i get in touch with you? you can reach me sa cell number ko po...0922-7990743...gusto ko po mag ask sa inyo ng mga bagay bagay...salamat po at buti nakapag post po kayo ng experience ninyo sa kanila...nasira ang pangarap at pati relasyon ko sa family ko dahil dito sa NZ dream na ito...

    By Blogger ecdm8, at 8:02 PM, October 01, 2010  

  • hello ecdm8 you can reach me through this pacman2479@gmail.com and i'll try my best na sagutin ung mga questions mo..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:19 PM, October 03, 2010  

  • Please be informed that Mrs. Capa-Smith passed away last 05 March, 2012 in Auckland Hospital. May her soul rest in Peace.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:42 PM, March 13, 2012  

  • Totoo b na she passed away or panloloko Lang Nya.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:54 AM, January 27, 2013  

  • Totoo b talaga n she passed away or panloloko LNG din Nya?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:55 AM, January 27, 2013  

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