Marixa Lasso: Case Western Reserve University professor stuck in Panama gets visa

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A popular history professor at Case Western Reserve University who was stuck in Panama for months because her visa was in limbo will return to Cleveland in January.

Marixa Lasso learned Monday that her visa was renewed after months of unexplained and frustrating delays.

Case colleagues and students last week rallied behind Lasso, launching a letter-writing campaign to keep her from becoming one of a growing number of foreign scholars whose visas have been delayed or denied.

Word came to Lasso almost by accident. Her sister happened to be at the U.S. Embassy in Panama City on Monday when an employee mentioned in passing that the Case professor's visa was approved.

"They just said, 'By the way, tell your sister her visa is ready,' " Lasso said Tuesday in a phone interview from Panama City.

Her sister, Eloisa Lasso, a doctoral candidate in biology at the University of Illinois, also had been in the midst of a visa renewal. Her visa was renewed, too.
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