- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Burlington School District officials have announced that their new superintendent, whose start date was stalled by immigration issues, has been awarded a visa.

Officials said Wednesday that Canadian citizen Yaw Obeng got an H1-B work visa, and is expected to start working in the next few weeks.

The district spent more than $20,000 on lawyer fees throughout the process.

Obeng was expected to begin work July 1, but the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service denied his request for an O1 visa, designed for skilled workers with a high level of proficiency in their field.

Administrators say Obeng got the H1-B work visa after a faculty position at the University of Vermont opened up. He will work part-time as an adjunct professor to fulfill his visa requirements.

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