He is trying to apply a work permit at a school he’s been working at. He submitted all of his documents and a higher up informed him he may not be able to get it since his first language is Spanish. He is from Puerto Rico which makes him a US citizen and grew up speaking both Spanish and English.
I don’t know the law when it comes to these matters but it definitely seems fishy so I wanted to ask here.
The procedure is based entirely on your passport–that’s how they judge what your native language is. I can’t imagine there would be a problem. If the school is actually processing the application, it wouldn’t seem that they have a problem either, so probably just speculation on the part of the employee.
What if your first/native lang is English, but you hold a Dutch, German, or French passport? I have a cousin who was born and raised, more or less, in the England, but holds Dutch citizenship. He spent the first decade of his life in England attending English schools.
I guess it depends on which school, but a long time ago, when I was in the:“Shit, I can only teach” stage of my life in Taiwan, a school didn’t even offer me an Interview because they only wanted people with AU/Canadian/USA/SA/NZ Passport. They sent me a message via email after they received my resume to tell me:“Sorry dawg, wrong passport”.
My experience here is that they people here and especially govt agencies want to check the boxes. They are looking for a reason not to approve rather than a reason to approve. They start with no then get to yes.
A passport that is good for at least six months from the entry date, from one of the following recognized English-speaking countries: Ireland, the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.