Me V/S Me
When I first stepped onto the plane from India I had no clue what America had to offer me.” The land of opportunities” they call it. Here I was with my husband on a 16 hr long trip to the United States of America. With dreams in my eyes and excitement of starting a new life I almost forgot what I was leaving behind. I forgot both my mother and my motherland. I was watching this movie, ” A diary of Anne Frank”. Anne a young girl in hiding with her family from the Nazis during the second World War. In her diary she described how trapped she felt in that small house and was waiting for the war to get over.After 2 yrs of being in the US, Well I sometimes ask my self. When will my war with USCIS get over. Little did I know about being on an H4 visa being a DEPENDENT. Leaving behind a flourishing career and my most priced asset my parents I flew into this prison. I am a bird whose wings are chopped by circumstances. I sometimes feel like writing a letter to the USCIS every single day. But then I say “Wait!!!, your Greencard is filed” Thats the reason I say Me v/s Me. Here I am facing a Me v/s Me every single day. How many out there feel the same? I have finally decided to take up studies. But Wait!!! Arghhh again, Yes again. its not that easy hun!! You gotta give GRE, TOEFL inspite of holding an Engg degree and a Master’s. Oh yes!! I said ok, I can do that. But Wait!!! Its not all that simple. Then u change from H4 to F1. I said alrite I can do that. Oh no honey!! Wait up now your greencard is filed so you cannot go to India because if you do, you will have to go for your F1 stamping and hey that’s risky!! You tell me what should I do?? What all have I not tried, Volunteer jobs, SAP training, reaching out to desi consultants, applying to tons of companies but my fault is that I am on H4. WOW!!! Amazing. America has taught me one thing if not all… The value of Citizenship. What it means to be a citizen of any country. The rights you earn by birth are very difficult to be earned otherwise. We seldom take these things for granted. Learn to love your nation.