Anyone else feel like a second grade citizen?
I am going through my VISA extension process and man it's a pain in the ass. First, I got RFE on my L1 and now my H1 didn't get picked. There are so many rules - 240 days rule, 30 day rule, 10 day rule and no one knows shit. Even the lawyers reply with a template email. I can't change my teams, can't move to another company, can't take any big life decisions. I am living away from my beautiful girlfriend and we get to see each other only once a year.
Do any of you wonder what is the point of all this? How are any of us free? This shit ain't going away until we get a Green Card and by the time that happens most of would be pushing 40s.
Everyday I am adjusting myself to the American culture. Minding my every word, watching my every move. I am sick and tired of being seen through the lens of stereotypes. "Aren't you people supposed to get married by now?", "Doesn't your food look like a dump?", "Aren't your parents supposed to pick the bride for you?", "Isn't your country a pile of shit?". We have constantly prove that not all of us are alike, that we like cool things too and my home isn't a pile of shit that you think it is.
I know that America is great. It's probably a heaven for techies like me. I would probably never get the money or the work like this elsewhere. But lately I have thinking that may be going back isn't the worst option after all.