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April 06, 2009

Hoping To Stay

A bad economy and strict visa rules mean that many foreigners who came to the U.S. for school face difficulties in remaining here. 

Leila Vaziri-Farhani dreamed of becoming an engineering professor, but as a woman in science her options in Iran felt limited. Her mother, sick with cancer, encouraged her to follow her dreams, so Leila came to the U.S. to pursue her PhD. When her mother was on her deathbed, Leila went back to Iran to be with her. It took Leila two years to get a visa to come back to the U.S. 

Leila talks with Dick about how she's already altered her dreams to fit the reality of her immigration status, and how she fears this economy will further limit her options.

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