Limited Time Holiday Offer – Get a 25% Discount on Your Next Recharge!

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Holiday Special-Get a 25% Discount on Your Next Recharge!

The holidays are here and we at Pingo want to thank you for your continued business.  It’s the perfect time of the year to reach out to your distant loved ones this holiday season to celebrate the New Year.

 

So we’re offering a special one-time, limited offer of a 25% discount on a single Pingo recharge between December 21st and 24th, 2012.

 

Click the link below to take advantage of this special offer.

https://www.pingo.com/en/secure/login.do?forward=recharge&coupon=25Dec


(If for some reason you are not able to click on the above link please copy the above link and paste it in your internet browser. You can also login in to your Pingo member’s area and enter Coupon

25Dec in recharge section to avail this special offer)

Thank you and we wish you the best for this festive season.

The Pingo Team

P.S.
Don’t forget that you can earn a $20.00 complimentary account credit, just for referring 3 new valid customers to sign up for Pingo! So please spread the word!!
http://www.pingo.com/en/referafriendredirect.do

iBasis | 20 Second Avenue | Burlington | MA | 01803


Please Note:


This offer is not transferable and it will not work with any other account or the automated recharge by phone. Please allow up to 72 business hours for bonus to appear in your account. The offer is valid from

December 21st to December 24th 2012. 25%  discount will be applied to only 1 recharge. (For example $20 recharge will result in only paying $15.00 with this offer) This discount is available only 1 time. Offer expires December
24th
 2012.

Everything You Should Know About EB-5 Visa

The legal immigration process can be confusing. Fortunately, there are several different ways to immigrate to the United States, with each method tailored to a specific group. Achieving the American dream is made possible for a variety of immigrants. For foreign entrepreneurs looking to invest substantial capital into a new U.S. commercial enterprise, the EB-5 visa method would be their best option. The EB-5 visa is the fifth category of employment-based visas. It is issued under the Immigrant Investor Program, more popularly known as the EB-5 Program. The program was created by Congress over two decades ago as a means to promote economic development and job creation in the U.S. The EB-5 Program grants oversea investors a green card in exchange for investing a minimum of $500,000 in a domestic business.

The program has proven to be a success and has gained popularity in recent years, especially after the severe recession. The EB-5 program has created nearly 34,000 U.S. jobs since its inception. Last year alone, it generated over $1 billion worth of investments, and that number is expected to increase.

Since the economic downturn in 2008, the EB-5 program has proven to be the preferred alternative to the unavailable funds seen domestically. With local funds dried up, many businesses have turned to oversea investors to push-start their ventures.

The Immigrant Investor Program can be seen as a win-win. It is an avenue for the United States to reinvigorate its economy and promote for job creation. At the same time it is also a way for immigrant investors to seek a better, more secure life.

The Advantages

For the foreigners investing in the United States there are clear cut advantages to getting the EB-5 Visa.

Direct Route to a Green Card:

The conventional method of obtaining a green card can be a lengthy process, however, the time can be shortened through the EB-5 Program. The time is cut in half. There is no backlogging in the system which helps speed up the procedure.

Full Citizenship after 5 Years:

Assuming that the immigrant investors are in good status, they can maintain full citizenship after 5 years of obtaining their green card.

Live Anywhere and Retire Anywhere:

Once the foreign investor obtains citizenship they are awarded all the benefits of being a citizen. They are entitled to own property, start up a new enterprise, vote, travel easily internationally, etc.

No Sponsors Required:

Sponsors used to be a required part of the program, but not anymore. Sponsorships aren’t needed as a way to show trust in investing into the United States. Instead, personal responsibility is important and key in the EB-5 visa program.

Our economy and our businesses also benefit greatly from foreign investors.

Business Revival

- Often times investments can help revive a struggling business. When investments are made there is typically a spike in productivity and money exchanges.

Expanding Employees

– Since it is a requirement for foreign entrepreneurs to create or preserve at least 10 permanent full-time jobs within two years of entering into the program, investments made typically help generate more jobs for Americans.

Expanding Economy

– Not only do the investments help create and sustain jobs within the economic entity being invested, it can also indirectly boost the local economy by pooling in shops, restaurants, and other businesses.

The EB-5 Visa program has grown in recent years due to the economic downturn at home and booming economies overboard  notably in China and Latin American countries. The program has provided thousands of immigrant investors with a chance to obtain a piece of the American Dream, while at the same time generating capital and jobs into local U.S. economies.

About the Guest Author:

Carol Carter currently works at EB5investors.com and is passionate about writing articles related to EB-5 Visa program & immigration; especially about Visa types which are in high-demand among the applicants.

Disclaimer: This site does not compensate its guest bloggers for their posts. The opinions expressed in the guest posts are those of the authors and do not reflect the opinions of iBasis.  In addition, iBasis does not review the posts for factual accuracy and therefore does not vouch for the accuracy of any facts contained in this guest post.

Stay Connected with Home and Avoid Homesickness

When you’re a student in a foreign country, it is only natural to start missing home. Finding yourself hundreds of miles away, surrounded by new people and new things to do is hugely exciting, but can also be daunting at the same time. Here we have our top tips to help you stay connected with family and friends at home and avoid the homesickness.

Join Your University’s International Student Association

Most universities have their own International Student Association (or ISA), which is there to help overseas students with any problems they have. Often they are one of the biggest societies at the university and are a brilliant way to make settling in to a new country that bit easier.

As well as offering advice and help should you need it, most ISA’s also organise loads of events over the academic year. They are therefore a brilliant way to make friends with other students in your situation and to share any problems you may have.

Phone Home Regularly

You may think that calling friends and family at home from a foreign country would get pretty expensive pretty quickly. However, there are plenty of options that make it affordable to stay in touch. There are dozens of different phone companies that offer very cheap rates on international calls. Similarly, there are online options that offer you free video calls over the internet to anywhere in the world. Whilst staying in contact by email is fine, nothing quite beats the sound of your Mum’s voice.

Share Your Experiences Online

An important way to make sure you still feel connected with home is to let your family and friends know what you are up to. The internet makes this so much easier than it used to be and you really several options at the click of a mouse.

One obvious way to do this (that I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you) is to regularly upload photos on Facebook or other social networks. However, another brilliant way to keep everyone up to date is to keep a blog about your experiences. With a blog you can keep a written diary and regularly update it with photos you’ve taken. Not only will it be great way for you to keep a record of your time abroad, but will also keep loved ones at home up to date.

Join University Societies

At university you’ll find there are literally hundreds of societies you can join. Societies are basically groups of people who have the same interest. They are a good way to make new friends, keep up your interests and experience new ones, but they are also perfect for feeling connected with your home country.

The first society you should look for is the one for people of your nationality. Most nationalities will have their own society and talking to people from your home country can really help with any homesickness. Similarly, if you join societies in sports or hobbies that you enjoyed back home, you’ll get into the swing of your new life much faster.

Guest Post Author BIO:

Andy Burrows is the Online Editor at ForeignStudents.com- the leading site for internationals studying in the UK and jobs for students.

Disclaimer:  This site does not compensate its guest bloggers for their posts. The opinions expressed in the guest posts are those of the authors and do not reflect the opinions of iBasis.  In addition, iBasis does not review the posts for factual accuracy and therefore does not vouch for the accuracy of any facts contained in this guest post.

Thanksgiving Special – Get 15% Bonus For Your Recharge!

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Thanksgiving Special- Get 15% Bonus For Your Recharge!
The Thanksgiving holiday is a wonderful tradition – a time to bring the family together to share a meal and give thanks for all the good in our lives. We at Pingo want to thank you for your continued business. And we want to help you reach out to your distant loved ones this Thanksgiving.
So we’re offering a 15% bonus on recharge of your Pingo account between 21st November and 26th November.

Please check your email account that you use to receive Pingo notifications to claim your extra 15% recharge bonus

This is a special one-time offer and it is for a limited time only, so take advantage on your recharge between November 21st & November 26th.

Thank you and happy Thanksgiving.

The Pingo Team

iBasis | 20 Second Avenue | Burlington | MA | 01803


** Please Note: This offer is not transferable and it will not work with any other account. Please allow up to 72 business hours for bonus to appear in your account. The offer is valid from November 21st to

November 26th 2012. 15% bonus will be applied to only 1 recharge. (For example $20 recharge will result in $23 with this offer) This bonus is available only 1 time. Offer expires November 26th 2012.

 

Pingo Service Update: Local Access Service is Restored!

Dear Valued Pingo Customers,

As mentioned previously, we experienced connectivity issues using Local Access Numbers due to service disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy. Our dedicated employees worked diligently to restore Local Access Number service. Our Toll Free service is still available at no additional cost, however regular charges for this service will resume on Friday, November 9, 2012.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience. To fully investigate this matter, we worked diligently with providers that support over 60k Pingo Local Access Numbers.

We truly appreciate your business and patience to allow us to restore the service.

Thanks for your continued support,

- The Pingo Team

Dial The World!

Importance of Documenting Phone Records for J1 Visa Spouse Immigration

A J1 visa is a visa that allows someone from a foreign country (non-US citizen) to come to the United States in order to participate in come sort of activity that promotes the exchange of cultural ideas. More specifically it is granted to students that come to the United States to study business or medicine. Residents of some countries are required to have a job offer secured in the United States before they can start the J1 visa application process.

Spouses and unmarried dependents under the age of 21 may apply for something called a J2 visa. This visa is for those family members to join the employed J1 visa holder or enrolled student J1 visa holder in this country. The J1 visa categories of child care providers, youth counselors, high school exchange student ecetera do not allow for J2 dependent visas as they are only intended to be short term visas. The J1 visas, other than the short term ones just mentioned, can last anywhere from one year to five years.

In order to secure a J2 visa, you have to provide proof that the dependents you are petitioning to have join you in the United States of America are indeed your dependents. This is proof must show that you are the financial support for those people. That could be your spouse, any children (adopted or natural born), etc that derive their financial support from you, the J1 visa holder. This proof can be in the form of marriage licenses, birth certificates, adoption paperwork, etc.

Maintaining phone records throughout this process is never a bad idea. The original J1 visa holder is required to have sponsor. That sponsor is usually an employer or an educational institution like a university. The phone records of who was talked to and when could be used in the process of securing a Certificate of Eligibility (form DS-2019). Records of all communications with the United States Department of State and Department of Homeland Security could be of service in expediting the matter. All calls should be documented by recording the day, time, location, and person (or persons) spoken to.

About the Author
Jo Harris is a writer and the Director of Content for the Morgan Law Firm, an Austin, Texas divorce firm. Please visit the Morgan Law Firm Blog for additional content.

Related Blog Post:

Phone Card Can Help You Win Family US Citizenship after Student Visa

Read this post to learn how using Pingo to call family while away from home can help with visa applicant call records to help show their family relationship is intact and genuine.

Disclaimer:

his site does not compensate its guest bloggers for their posts. The opinions expressed in the guest posts are those of the authors and do not reflect the opinions of iBasis.  In addition, iBasis does not review the posts for factual accuracy and therefore does not vouch for the accuracy of any facts contained in this guest post.

Pingo Service Update: Toll Free Service Available at NO Additional Cost

Dear Valued Pingo Customers,

As mentioned previously, we are currently experiencing connectivity issues using Local Access numbers due to service disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy.  At this time, we still do not have a reliable estimate of when this problem will be resolved. In the meantime, Pingo toll-free access is working normally.  

Please use the following Toll Free Number: 1-888-967-4646

As a courtesy to our customers, for a limited time, NO additional charges will be assessed for using any of our Toll Free Access numbers to make your calls during the service outage period. We will notify you when the Local Access service is fully restored, and at that time, the toll free charges will resume.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience. To fully investigate this matter, we are working diligently with providers that support over 60k Pingo Local Access numbers.

If you have experienced a problem using a Pingo local access number, we want to know about it. Please fill out the trouble shoot form so we can diagnose and resolve the problem.

http://www.pingo.com/en/troubleshoot.do

We truly appreciate your business and patience to allow us to restore the service.

Thanks for your continued support,

- The Pingo Team

Pingo Local Access Number Outage Due To Hurricane Sandy

Dear Valued Pingo Customers,

As mentioned prior, Hurricane Sandy severely impacted our systems, causing widespread damage and power outages. Our dedicated employees worked day and night to get your service back up and running yesterday.

However we are currently experiencing connectivity issues using Local Access numbers due to service disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy.  At this time, we do not have a reliable estimate of when this problem will be resolved. As soon as we do, we will communicate that information. In the meantime, Pingo toll-free access is working normally.  

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience. To fully investigate this matter, we are working diligently with providers that support over 60k Pingo Local Access numbers.

If you have experienced a problem using a Pingo local access number, we want to know about it. Please fill out the trouble shoot form so we can diagnose and resolve the problem.

http://www.pingo.com/en/troubleshoot.do  

We truly appreciate your business and patience to allow us to restore the service.

Thanks for your continued support,

- The Pingo Team

Pingo Website & Service Are Now Restored

Dear Valued Pingo Customers,

Pingo Website & Service Are Fully Restored!

Hurricane Sandy severely impacted our systems, causing an interruption of Pingo service for several hours. Our dedicated employees worked diligently to get your service back up and running.

Regardless of what Mother Nature brings, our commitment to you remains stronger than ever.

Thank you for your patience, and as always, we greatly appreciate your business.

Sincerely,

- The Pingo Team

Project Bread’s Strike Out Hunger Bowl-a-thon

iBasis Project Bread Bowl-a-Thon scheduled for tomorrow evening has bin postponed since the bowling alley will be closed due to Hurricane Sandy in Boston.

Project Bread Bowl-a-Thon is part of our companies “Corporate Social Responsibility” to help a great cause.

Project Bread’s Strike Out Hunger Bowl-a-thon

Sponsored by iBasis

Today, thousands of people in Massachusetts experience hunger because they cannot afford adequate food. Local families are struggling even more this year to put food on the table because of a recent rise in the cost of everyday food and the high cost of living in the state.

In fact, many families and individuals who never thought they’d need to ask for help are now having to decide between paying rent, getting medical care, or buying food. Money raised through Strike Out Hunger will help our neighbors get through the tough winter months that lie ahead.

Register today as a team captain, recruit teammates from your friends, family and co-workers, raise $650 or more per lane as a team and join us on October 30th for a good time while making a real difference.

Don’t have a team to join? Join Team Project Bread and have fun and meet others who are also passionate about ending hunger in Massachusetts!”

Looking at some old tweets from @TelphoneCard you can see some of the money we have helped raise for this local cause.

8:11 AM – 16 Nov 11

Pingo / iBasis Project Bread Bowl-A-Thon last night raised about $27,000 which was more then last year of about $22,000 for @WalkForHunger

9:15 AM – 3 Jan 11

80 bowlers from iBasis attended Project Bread Bowl‐a‐thon and raised almost 10k for a great #charity #cause.

Speaking of great causes….

store owner needed a micro loan to help buy supplies

Check out our post on Facebook.com/YoPingo

“Help the world with a FREE $25.00 micro loan (While Supplies Last). Sign up for Kiva now to make a difference.
http://www.kiva.org/invitedby/GlobalPhoneCards Please like & share this post to help spread the word!”

Check out the previous blog post we did about Kiva on how to “Fund the World with a Free $25 Kiva Micro Loan!

* Disclaimer

Photo in this post is owned and credited to Kiva.org. The opinions expressed in the Bowl-A-Thon event details are those of Project Bread and do not reflect the opinions of iBasis. In addition, iBasis does not review the content for factual accuracy and therefore does not vouch for the accuracy of any facts contained in the quoted content provided by Project Bread.