My name is Hayoung Ariel Kim and I’m from South Korea. I currently work as a high school Math teacher in Van Nuys area. I graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s in Math and master’s in Education.
I have been working with a student visa (through OPT) but as it is only valid for one year, I need to process my Work Visa (H1B).
My current employer has offered to sponsor my visa, however, I need to pay for the attorney fees to my lawyer who’s been helping us to file the documents!
As teachers are usually underpaid, I am having trouble coming up with the funds to pay the attorney.
If I don’t get this visa, I will have to go back to Korea and my teaching credential that I worked very, very hard for will expire after 2 years. THERE WILL BE NO GUARANTEE FOR ME TO COME BACK TO USA.
After my OPT expires in July, I have a grace period of a couple of weeks. After that I MUST leave America, otherwise I will be illegal.
I have great passion in teaching, and I also have a great pride in making Math fun and accessible. Please help me continue to work with my kids! I love my kids and I wouldn’t ever want to give up my career as their teacher, friend, mentor, supporter, and family ❤️
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- Eric Sneddon
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