Questions about: Teaching in Spain without legal papers

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  • marble
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    6 October, 2008 at 17:41
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    Hello,

    I’m a U.S. citizen, and it’s been a long-time dream of mine to teach English in Spain. I’ve recently graduated with my TESOL certificate, and as of this weekend, I have 2 job offers: one is from an Academy in Spain, and the other is from a Hagwon school in South Korea.

    Please offer your feedback:::
    The BIG DRAWBACK to the job offer in Spain is that they need someone urgently. This is fine for my schedule, but in order to get a work visa or work permit, the school said in the past it’s taken them about 4 months to get. It’s my understanding this all has to be done in person, so it’s not as though I could start the process while still here, and then pick up my visa there. The school explained why they need someone urgently, and they do have one American there right now who is legal – that’s the person it took from April – August to get the Visa for).

    The golden questions:
    * What is the chance of authorities finding me?
    * What is the least and worst penalty if caught? For me? For the shool? (would I be fined, deported, imprisoned)
    * Do you know anyone who has done this successfully?
    * Do you know anyone who has done this unsuccessfully? Or, have you heard any factual stories?

    Thank you for your time and feedback!
    All my best,
    marble

    lynnxa
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    7 October, 2008 at 6:07
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    Reply To: Questions about: Teaching in Spain without legal papers

    [quote]Hello,

    I’m a U.S. citizen, and it’s been a long-time dream of mine to teach English in Spain. I’ve recently graduated with my TESOL certificate, and as of this weekend, I have 2 job offers: one is from an Academy in Spain, and the other is from a Hagwon school in South Korea.

    Please offer your feedback:::
    The BIG DRAWBACK to the job offer in Spain is that they need someone urgently. This is fine for my schedule, but in order to get a work visa or work permit, the school said in the past it’s taken them about 4 months to get. It’s my understanding this all has to be done in person, so it’s not as though I could start the process while still here, and then pick up my visa there. The school explained why they need someone urgently, and they do have one American there right now who is legal – that’s the person it took from April – August to get the Visa for).

    The golden questions:
    * What is the chance of authorities finding me?
    * What is the least and worst penalty if caught? For me? For the shool? (would I be fined, deported, imprisoned)
    * Do you know anyone who has done this successfully?
    * Do you know anyone who has done this unsuccessfully? Or, have you heard any factual stories?

    Thank you for your time and feedback!
    All my best,
    marble[/quote]

    the job in Spain – there are so many ‘legal’ and highly experienced English teachers in Spain, that I don’t know why a school would be offering a job to someone with no experience & no papers

    this is not a personal attack on you – merely an observation that perhaps there is a reason that this particular school can’t find someone who really can start immediately – for instance perhaps the school has a bad reputation among teachers?

    living languages
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    10 October, 2008 at 12:23
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    Reply To: Questions about: Teaching in Spain without legal papers

    hi,

    The golden questions:
    * What is the chance of authorities finding me?

    slim, tons of Americans teach in Spain without papers.

    * What is the least and worst penalty if caught? For me? For the shool? (would I be fined, deported, imprisoned)

    I do not know since I have never heard of it happening.

    * Do you know anyone who has done this successfully?

    I literally know hundreds of people who have done it w/o problem.

    * Do you know anyone who has done this unsuccessfully? Or, have you heard any factual stories?

    No, sorry.

    I hope this info helps!

    [url]http://livinglanguages.net/english-teachers/teach-english-in-madrid.html[/url]

    [url]http://livinglanguages.net[/url]

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