Philippine teachers in Topeka await decision on residency

Classroom (KSN File Photo)
Classroom (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Six teachers from the Philippines who work in Topeka are waiting for a decision on their residency permits.

The Topeka school district began recruiting teachers overseas in 2005, focusing on math, science and special education. The district currently has 30 teachers from abroad.

The U.S. Department of Labor last summer blocked the district’s applications for permanent residency for six teachers. The department said the district had not proven there was a shortage of qualified teachers in the U.S.

The district has appealed that ruling, arguing that their positions are still difficult to fill.

It also has submitted applications on behalf of another 13 international teachers, and eight have been approved.

Those teachers have more steps before they are allowed to stay in the U.S. permanently. 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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