Legally I’m allowed to work in the US until October 2006 since I'm currently on something called OPT - which stands for Optional Practical Training. It is a temporary work visa that is valid for a year and is issued upon graduation to all students who come to the US to study.
But since my OPT ends in October, I'm worried about what will happen after. If I don’t find an employer who will sponsor my work visa, I will be forced to switch to dependent status – which essentially means, I can stay on in this country but CANNOT work for a living. That means I either choose to be a housewife in the US or choose to go back home to India and have a long distance marriage. This is tough shit. And I am very upset.
The newspaper I work for is owned by a giant conglomerate in the newspaper industry that also owns over 58 newspapers in 23 states. I find it hard to believe that a huge conglomerate like this has never hired a foreign national. It’s insane.
- Either I get real lucky and find another job
- Or the Gods smile upon me and my current employer changes their mind and agrees to sponsor my visa
- Or I just work till October for them and then become a housewife
- Or I work till October and then move to India and find a job and wait for Nanu to finish his PhD. and come back to me.