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Costa Rican student in Missouri gets another year to stay in U.S.


Jefferson City, MO – A native Costa Rican living in Jefferson City on Thursday got another one-year extension to stay in the U.S.

Marie Gonzalez had received a similar extension last year but would have had to leave by July First without yesterday's action.

Gonzalez is hoping Congress will pass an immigration bill this year that gives students like her a chance at legal status. She has lived in Missouri since she was five.

Her parents entered the country on six-month visitor visas and say they missed their chance to apply for permanent status because of a misunderstanding. They were deported last year.