Visa problems threaten foreign teachers in Kansas


TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Some foreign teachers recruited to work in Kansas schools are facing the possibility having to return home because of problems with their applications for permanent residency.

The Topeka school district currently has 29 teachers from abroad. In June, the district found out that some of the teachers’ applications for permanent residency had been rejected. The district is appealing, but if the appeal is denied, six teachers will be sent home.

The U.S. Department of Labor rejected the district’s argument that there is a shortage of teachers qualified and willing to do the jobs the foreign teachers have filled.

The district says it has a continuing problem filling some teaching jobs, particularly special education, math and science positions. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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