Had an interview today, the first question the person said was
1) Your resume looks very impressive, but before continuing further I want to know about your visa status
2) I tell them I am on H-4
3) Long static on the phone followed by “please get in touch with us, if your visa status changes!”
4) What bothers me is that someone refused to even interview me or talk to me because of my visa status – Thank you so much!
5) I usually do not write in points but I had to get this angst I feel out of my system. This is the unfairness of the H-4 visa, people do not want to even interview you or consider your application. If I fail the interview, don’t give me the job but at least let me compete!
6) And mind you this job required me to relocate to another coast. My husband would be living in the East Coast (our family would be divided), offered no relocation cost, no benefits but I was ready to take up the challenge because I believed in the work and wanted to work with this population that is very much under-served! But the agency would not even talk to me because I am on H-4!
7) The unfairness of the H-4 visa, all South Asian advocacy agencies talk about it but nobody wants to challenge it or do anything about it! People do not even want to give you a chance – this helplessness can be understood only by another person that is on H-4!
8) However, I believe in the power of resilience. The resilience that my clients have taught me their ability to survive even when faced with systems of oppression makes me believe that maybe there is hope, sunshine and a bright light at the end of the tunnel!