I'm new at this forum, but I wanted to say hey and bring the issue of obtaining visas for TEFL teachers specifically in the EU.
I know that you can get legal papers to live/work in the Czech Republic (because that's where I was certified and where I lived and worked) I also know that it's not that difficult to get papers (visa and residence permit) for other Eastern European countries like Hungary, Poland etc...
However, if you want to teach in say Spain, Italy or France you may not be able to get a visa.
So here's the thing....I've gone through the political circus of talking to my Assembleyman, my State Rep, my Senator, and my Congressman.
My Congressman (the Honorable Clay E. Shaw) has actually initiated two Congressional Inquiries on my behalf to the State Department. I'm currently awaiting a response from the second one. (It takes them just over a month to respond).
Anyway, through my frustration I've decided to start a petition. The petition is to the Senate on Foreign Relations Committee. I'm just trying to get the issue on the Senate floor for discussion.
So I could use everyone's help, because what I need is signatures, lots of them. So if you're a registered voter (because that has more impact) and you think this is a good idea....please visit my petition, read it, sign it and feel free to pass it on to family and friends. It's at http://www.petitiononline.com/1yrTEFLv
Thanks for your help