Life as an immigrant is hard

Life as an immigrant is hard

Life as an immigrant is hard. I still have days where I decide between sleeping on time to get a good night sleep vs continuing to talk with my mom back in India, given the time difference. Let it be – Diwali, Holi, Christmas, Dad’s retirement party, Moms birthday, Nani’s funeral,etc – You don’t get to take an expensive 24 hour flight to see your family. Being an immigrant on a work visa ( H1B) and given how the current visa appointment system is, it in a way restricts us to fly back home – to visit our parents. And it’s utterly disappointing. Not to mention, you cannot have a side hustle on a work visa 🤦🏻‍♀️

So why am I still here? It’s been 4 years since I have been living in the US. To be honest, I love it here – the lifestyle, beautiful California, and the pay. Along with being able to fund my own education ( ~50K USD) , I helped fund my sister’s higher education in Canada, have the wedding of my dreams (funded by me and my husband), and help my parents buy a new and a better home for themselves in India. Building generational wealth & uplifting my family’s lifestyle has been one of my top goals since I’ve been here. 

I understand my parents are aging and getting old and I want to spend as much time with them as I can. But I also understand that it is my choice that I choose to live in the US — But there are days I think till when am I gonna be here? I don’t know but I guess I’ll find out in the upcoming years. Until then, video calling with family and trying to meet them twice a year. Also, I’m super excited to be getting my parents in California for Summer.

“You don’t get to take an expensive 24 hour flight to see your family. Being an immigrant in a way restricts us to fly back home.“

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