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PaulSal



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:01 pm    Post subject: Vancouver Language Center- Guadalajara Reply with quote

Hello All,

I had been in recent email discussions with someone from:
Vancouver Language Center in Guadelajara Mexico.

It appears that there is some interest in moving forward with a job offer.

I received an email today indicating that I would need to have a Work Visa.

They said that they would need me to send $100 in order for them to forward me an Work Authorization Letter. I was told that this is what I would need to bring to the Mexican Consulate in my city.

Does this sound correct to send money in order to receive this letter?

Has anyone heard of or had dealings with this school?

Thanks in advance!
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Isla Guapa



Joined: 19 Apr 2010
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Location: Mexico City o sea La Gran Manzana Mexicana

PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know anything about this school, but it strikes me as odd that they would want you to pay for a Work Authorization Letter. After all, you are the one who will be paying for the work visa, or have they offered to pay for it?
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PaulSal



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are not being very clear about that.

They indicated that the Visa would be FMM.

But I thought that Mexico did away with the FM type visas?

I thought that they now utilize Visa Temporal with Work Authorization.
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Guy Courchesne



Joined: 10 Mar 2003
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Location: Mexico City

PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VLC is certainly an above-board organization, but that's puzzling that they would ask you for the money. As far as I know, there is no fee applied by INM to a school to have a job offer processed. You'll have to pay a $30 some-odd dollar fee at the consulate though.

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I was told that this is what I would need to bring to the Mexican Consulate in my city.


Partially true...they just scan the authorization they get, email it to you, and you walk into the consulate after you've made an appointment to go in and they check in their database.
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PaulSal



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that advice. Scanning an Authorization seems easy enough.

All the sketchiness that goes on in that country has got me perplexed.

I dont mind doing all of these things, Certificates/Degrees signed/sealed/apostiled and jumping through hoops all for a part-time job that pays around $5 an hour
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Guy Courchesne



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The new(ish) visa policies have proven troublesome and costly to a lot of schools. Even the largest international schools here have struggled to accommodate the change.

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I dont mind doing all of these things, Certificates/Degrees signed/sealed/apostiled and jumping through hoops all for a part-time job that pays around $5 an hour


Indeed. Some things that will happen or should happen:

-rates have to go up to continue to attract foreigners (maybe, maybe not)
-many smaller schools will simply shut down as the bigger organizations take on the costs of hiring foreign teachers to attract them (maybe)
-smaller schools will just hire on the tourist visa (probably)

If you do go through with VLC, let us know how it goes. I'd be interested in hearing how they are handling the process.
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PaulSal



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The VLC guy pretty much said that they will not hire anyone that does not have the Work Visa. He says before they could hire without it, but now it's "impossible".

I know the school where I received my training does allow it's graduates to work for them on a contingency basis, and assists those graduates in obtaining their Visa.
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Guy Courchesne



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Location: Mexico City

PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The VLC guy pretty much said that they will not hire anyone that does not have the Work Visa.


In other words, only people married to Mexicans (spousal visa), or people pinched from other schools that sponsored for the visa.

That's not sustainable.

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I know the school where I received my training does allow it's graduates to work for them on a contingency basis, and assists those graduates in obtaining their Visa.


I believe International House is doing this too...
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kona



Joined: 17 Sep 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can attest that the VLC in Guadalajara is a legit organization to work for (paid peanuts but they treated us well). Don't know how things work nowadays with the new visa labor laws...
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