Visa woe pushes scientist out of US

Last August, I reported on Mohammad Sajid, a UK citizen who was barred from returning to the US pending several months of linkurl:background checks;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53418/ - twice. On Monday I got an e-mail from Sajid saying he is leaving his lab in the US, where he works on anti-malarial drugs, to take a job at Leiden University in the Netherlands. "It's been a really tough choice," Sajid said. "The main reason is the travel. It's as simple as that." When I last spo

Edyta Zielinska
Apr 9, 2008
Last August, I reported on Mohammad Sajid, a UK citizen who was barred from returning to the US pending several months of linkurl:background checks;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/53418/ - twice. On Monday I got an e-mail from Sajid saying he is leaving his lab in the US, where he works on anti-malarial drugs, to take a job at Leiden University in the Netherlands. "It's been a really tough choice," Sajid said. "The main reason is the travel. It's as simple as that." When I last spoke to Sajid, he was contemplating returning to the UK when his J1 Visa expired in November. He ended up not going back for fear he could be delayed from re-entering the US a third time. While he continues to work in the US, any travel bears with it the risk of being barred again. "I've been missing [malaria] meetings, important family events. It's just not an option anymore,"...

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