Foreign undergraduate students at the University of Missouri hail from Afghanistan, India and South Korea. This year, some have been accepted into study abroad programs in Iraq and internships with local crisis shelters.
But student visa rules forbid first-year students from working off-campus. And even when they are eligible, the permit process is complex and takes months.
Adeleine Halsey of the Columbia Missourian profiles undergraduates who are running into these restrictions. (July 2023)