7 Nov 2006

Officials meet to discuss foreign student issue in American Samoa

11:10 am on 7 November 2006

American Samoa's Department of Education has met Immigration Board officials to address the issue of foreign students unable to attend school because they have not yet been given clearance.

Education's acting director Dr. Claire Poumele says some students who have paid their immigration fees are still waiting for clearance.

Some of them will have to wait for three to four months until their application comes up for review by the Immigration board.

Dr Poumele says the board is prepared to see earlier students if their parents have already paid.

Last month Senate President Lolo M. Moliga wrote to Attorney General, Sialega Togafau urging the government to address the problem of children without approved immigration status staying in American Samoa, while local law requires them to attend school.