Our Document Drama
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When we initially applied I conducted all of the necessary research to see what paperwork we would have to have ready. After that my recruiter told me the rest. Together, we managed to round up all of the documents that were requested and we continued to wait after that. Now, all of the sudden, there are other documents that we were not told to get before that we need now. Had we known before we would already have them in our grimy little paws.
The three things that are holding us up are my criminal history from Kentucky (which there is none), Justin's criminal history from North Carolina (which there is none), and Justin's teaching certificate
I requested a signed/stamped copy and was told they do not do this. They offered their website to explain the procedure and what the record covers and offered to speak with someone to explain it if it was necessary. I thought that was very nice (I love Kentucky). My recruiter is checking with his manager to see if this is acceptable. Let us pray that it will be. It is easy to see by looking at where I work that I have no criminal history. You can't work for DOC if you have one!
As for Justin's criminal history from North Carolina, he ran it through a company, which is not acceptable. In his defense, he didn't know; I forgot to tell him. After I told him to do it again he checked with North Carolina who requires that you send in fingerprints. He went to our local police agency on Thursday and requested this but was told he would need his own fingerprint card. They advised that usually the employer provides this. No doubt he had a little laugh, because these are totally different circumstances
I then called North Carolina who explained they have a link to the fingerprint card that we could print. They even offered to mail one to us if we needed it. So, Justin has to have his fingerprints done soon. Once they are complete we will finish the corresponding paperwork and mail it in. No telling how long it will take and for practically a blank sheet of paper.
The other drama is Justin's teaching certificate, which he thought he already had. He took all of the necssary tests and graduated with his B.A in Social Science education, but never received the certificate. Well, that is because you have to go through another bureaucratic system to get it. He applied and sent in his fees, but is still going through the process of getting it.
They are suppose to send him a certificate of eligibility, which I hope will work to satisfy the requirement we need to send our paperwork in. I know he will need the actual certificate when we get there, which leads us to the next battle we may or may not have to fight. From his reading Justin is under the impression that it will not be issued to him unless he has secured a position in Florida. I have not read this yet, but will have to so that I understand. He sent them an email yesterday asking about this and explaining our unusual circumstances. We hope to have an answer soon. Join me in prayer as I pray that all of this works out. We very much want to teach in South Korea!
I am attaching a photo of my trip back home to Kentucky last week. I got to spend some time with Mom, Dad, Sissy, Ashley, and my neice and nephews.