- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Canadian man tapped to lead one of Vermont’s largest school systems can’t report to work yet because he hasn’t secured a visa to work in the United States.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/1e4y492 ) that Yaw Obeng of Toronto - selected in February to be school superintendent in Burlington - was slated to report to work July 1 but is still waiting on clearance from U.S. Customs and Immigration Services.

School Board Chair Mark Porter said Obeng’s application for an O1 visa was rejected toms and Immigration Services last week. Federal officials sent the application back to the school district for further details.

Porter says the school board members will continue to work with Obeng to secure a visa, saying he’s “worth fighting for.”

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