North Texan stuck in Dubai hopes to resolve visa issues this week

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by DAVID SCHECHTER

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WFAA

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 4 at 6:19 PM

DALLAS – A North Texas school teacher stuck in Dubai hopes to be back home by Friday.

Last week, News 8 covered how Allison Jech’s employer is preventing her from leaving the country after she resigned her position. The school says the former Lewisville Independent School District teacher owes money, and refused to cancel her visa until she pays. Teachers cannot leave Dubai unless their visa has been canceled. 

But after that News 8 report, Jech's says she has finally started receiving more attention from officials in Dubai and from the U.S. Department of State.

"I'm glad that we spoke out, because everyone thought we were just complaining," Jech said. "Whenever we talked to y'all, things actually started moving.”

Jech said she has a meeting set for Wednesday with the school and a judge, who will decide if she owes any money. 

"He told us today that we owe nothing, and that they're going to get our visas canceled,” Jech said.

Dr. Yassir Turki, principal of the School of Modern Skills, said he spent more than $10,000 to bring Jech to Dubai and added that by contract, Jech should pay for a portion of that loss.          

Jech contends she did not violate her contract and owes nothing.

"Canceling the visa requires that she comes at this school and settles everything with us --  financial, documents, resources, books -- everything. Before she leaves, she should settle things,” Turki said.

Turki said the agency that placed Jech at the school, TeachAnywhere.com, has offered to pay the money the school is demanding, about $2,700.

On Tuesday, the school's principal asked News 8 to remove our story from WFAA.com, which we declined to do.

E-mail dschechter@wfaa.com

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