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State Department to speed up researchers' visa processing

After months of complaints by university groups and scientific organizations, the State Department is acting to speed up the delay-plagued visa process for foreign graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, an official said Tuesday.

The official, David Donahue, the deputy assistant secretary of state for consular services, said the department started attacking the backlog of requests on Friday.

Since last year, science and engineering researchers from abroad seeking to obtain or renew visas have routinely encountered delays of months. The problem became so acute that researchers who left the country often found themselves stranded abroad, not knowing when their visas might be approved.

Full story from New York Times.