- Posted June 28, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
President’s immigration plan: Your views
Five years of my life
I am a student who came to USA to pursue my education. I completed my education and started my career as a Software developer in Java.
I am writing this to express my feelings. I hope it makes me feel good just a little bit.
I am completely legal here. My sole ambition here is to earn what i have spent in tuition, taxes etc. But i am unable to do so with the policies that were in place today.I cannot go back now as i did not reach my target. Every time i come close to earning the figure i have in mind, i have to spend thousands of dollars just to stay here and be legal.
I do not understand why USA welcomed me with open arms when i applied for a Student Visa. In fact, i did not have to answer a single question during my visa interview. Is it just because this country desperately needs me? I don't know.
And, i also do not understand, why i have to put my career at stake in the H1B lottery system to get a work visa having already spent thousands of dollars on my education.
And, after i get my H1B, why should i be going for a visa interview again if i happen to step out of USA?
With the fear of not coming back, i have spent here five years counting days thinking about my family , praying everyday that nothing should happen to them that makes me to take a flight back!
My agony and fear is not only limited to me, but to all the students who come here to get education.
Most of the employers does not treat us right, knowing that we would not leave them if they apply for green cards which would take 10+ years and most others including fortune 500 companies do not even file for a green card and use up 6 years of our H1b and will let us go!
Further more if company is really keen to complete my immigration, it has to overcome huge hurdles and pay huge fees to the immigration lawyers as they have to answer questions raised by USCIS in each and every step of the immigration process.
After all these years of suffering, I am on H1b, applied for a green card and cannot go back just to pay a family visit with the fear of being stuck.
I honestly do not know how long i would stay here, but all i can say is however long i stay, i stay with constant fear, pain and agony of being away from my family.
And, i still pay taxes and work hard to help companies with their software but without recognition and still continue to stay legally while i take abuse everyday.There seems to be no light at the end of this tunnel for me.
I wish, i would have not come here, if i had known this life while i was in my home country. And that is why i say the day i came here was the last day of my freedom.