V.I. Education officials are refuting the claim that 15 international teachers on St. Croix are being “deported” because the department failed to file their visa extensions on time.

Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin said the 15 teachers, all from the Philippines, were already set to conclude a three-year term with the Virgin Islands in September, as participants in a federal exchange visitor program.

— Contact A.J. Rao at 340-714-9104 or email ajrao@dailynews.vi.