If you are working as a H1B holder in US, you have lot of limitations in terms of your freedom to work or do any business. You do not get many benefits as the Green card holders or US Citizens. It might be frustrating at times to be on H1B. Let me share my very brief thoughts on this. This article is part of the series: Life in US vs. India, Settle in US or India ?
Life as a H1B holder vs. Green Card or Citizen.
If you are on H1B visa, legally you are supposed to work full time only to the company that sponsors you visa. You can do stock trading on H1B visa , but it cannot be like a full time job like day trader, you cannot really work in 3 or 4 jobs like some Americans do. On H1B visa, you cannot claim unemployment if you lose your job…for instance, if you get laid-off, you would have to leave the country unless you find another employer to transfer your visa. You cannot apply for federal loans for education. If you are a Green card holder or Citizen, you can do most of the stuff as I just mentioned. The reality is, it takes a long time to get Green Card. You can apply for Citizenship after you get GC…it take some more time…some of you may want to work for NASA….to work there you have to be a US Citizen…I am just giving a overview of some of the stuff here.
Lets look at life in India….I do not think we are bound by any visa, you can work wherever you want because you are Indian Citizen…You can work for ISRO, as you are already citizen. You can have a day job and have a business too. You are free to do many things in India…
Decision to Stay in India or Come to US as per life?
The reality is, life on H1B visa can be tricky at times and very frustrating if you do not have job security at your work. The most frustrating part for most of the H1B visa holders is the wait time for getting Green Card or EAD. It can be few years and you need to have patience….and it is based on how the processing speeds up with USCIS for Green Card. Anyways, the point I am trying to make is, your life changes drastically after you get Green Card, but you need to have patience to get there…Some of you might want to have the freedom to do many things during the first few years of your career and also have control of it…it could be tough if you are on H1B as you cannot do stuff they way you want….sometimes it can be a long time and very frustrating…there is nothing like right or wrong decision here…it is up to you to decide if you are ok to wait and work until you get GC or Citizenship. Honestly, this article is just a very brief overview of life on H1B vs. GC…it is just an aspect to consider if you plan to stay here in US…
What do you think ? Would you wait that long for Green Card ? Have you been waiting for GC ?
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