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Old Jun 14th 2019, 9:55 am
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Question Teacher with record needing immigration advice to work in the US

When I was 13 and 18, I committed two minor offences which resulted in a conditional discharge and a £25 and £50 fine. Stupid, I know. I deeply regret them. These incidents are in no way an indication of the adult I am today.

Since then (over 15 years ago) I have graduated twice, worked in a Whitehall government department, and have qualified as a teacher. I have been teaching for 5 years now, and have been fortunate enough to be offered an opportunity to teach in the US.

I have been open with the school, however I am mindful that my background will require more time and attention with regards to obtaining a visa on this side of the pond.

Hopefully, dedicating my career to a socially responsible vocation to teach, guide and support misguided young people who might make life changing decision before they realise the gravity should demonstrate my redemptive nature and that I have changed to become a better person.

I would be grateful for any thoughts or advice on approaching this, whether personally or a loved one, as well as recommendations of immigration lawyers used by anyone who also had a slightly complicated background.

Thanks in advance.

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Old Jun 14th 2019, 11:22 am
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What has the school's immigration attorney said?
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Old Jun 14th 2019, 2:43 pm
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There are several obstacles here.

1. You cannot apply for a visa yourself - the potential employer must do it.
2. You would most probably need to be certified by the relevant state education board to teach at all..
3. Teaching is not a profession that is likely to gain a visa, unless it's for as subject that is unusual for the average American teacher.
4. Your record could go against you. Although these are juvenile offenses, they may be considered more heinous when it comes to teaching.

I'm guessing the establishment that offered you the opportunity is unaware of the thousands of dollars and the time it will take to bring you in, let alone the need for certification!

Sorry to sound so negative, but I'm trying to be realistic. It's not as simple as it may seem.
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Old Jun 14th 2019, 2:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Guindalf View Post
There are several obstacles here.

1. You cannot apply for a visa yourself - the potential employer must do it.
2. You would most probably need to be certified by the relevant state education board to teach at all..
3. Teaching is not a profession that is likely to gain a visa, unless it's for as subject that is unusual for the average American teacher.
4. Your record could go against you. Although these are juvenile offenses, they may be considered more heinous when it comes to teaching.

I'm guessing the establishment that offered you the opportunity is unaware of the thousands of dollars and the time it will take to bring you in, let alone the need for certification!

Sorry to sound so negative, but I'm trying to be realistic. It's not as simple as it may seem.
The very fact that the school has even entered a discussion, never mind actually offering a position, means that it is likely that the school is private and therefore most of what you posted (everything except #1) doesn't apply.
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When I was 13 and 18, I committed two minor offences which resulted in a conditional discharge and a £25 and £50 fine. Stupid, I know. I deeply regret them. These incidents are in no way an indication of the adult I am today.

Since then (over 15 years ago) I have graduated twice, worked in a Whitehall government department, and have qualified as a teacher. I have been teaching for 5 years now, and have been fortunate enough to be offered an opportunity to teach in the US. ....
Has the school ever sponsored a visa for a teacher before? In other words, do they know what they are getting in to, or are you just the latest example (that we see a handful of times every year) of people who come to BE saying "I have been offered a job, how do I apply for a visa?"

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Has the school ever sponsored a visa for a teacher before? In other words, do they know what they are getting in to, or are you just the latest example (that we see a handful of times every year) of people who come to BE saying "I have been offered a job, how do I apply for a visa?"
This is the key question.
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What has the school's immigration attorney said?
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The very fact that the school has even entered a discussion, never mind actually offering a position, means that it is likely that the school is private and therefore most of what you posted (everything except #1) doesn't apply.

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Really? Why don't we let the OP answer before passing judgement....again!

Ya know, people wonder why some others just stop giving advice. Funny how others just stay on and on and on.
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Really? Why don't we let the OP answer before passing judgement....again .....
Er, it was you that provided a list of carefully numbered, specific bits of advice in response to non-specific information, and me that asked more questions to ascertain the situation before offering any situation-specific advice.

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