October 3, 2005

Immigrant Wives' Visa Status Keeps Them Out of Workplace

If you had a choice between being a housewife in a developed nation or being a well paid respected executive in a company in a developing nation/3rd world(with the ability to have kids), which would you choose? A peculiar fact I've noticed is that getting into the US(or put xx country here) is considered an achievement in itself. Whether you come here through college or through marriage, you are in the land of opportunity. Now what you do in the land of "opportunties" depends on the government. The US is not the only country to follow this. Will this change in the next 5 years. Ehh.. from what I see, NO. Dependants will only rise if the no. of H-1B's issued continue at the same rate.

In the case of India, where matchmakers do not hesitate to ask potential mates details about their salaries, skin color, even weight, observers say women's families are getting more inquisitive about immigration status. Because of a robust Indian economy and advances they have made in the workplace, fewer Indian women want to leave to become housewives, said Murugavel Janakiraman, chief executive of BharatMatrimony Group, a global matchmaking service.

"In the late 1990s, the people were more interested in going abroad and wanted a foreign groom. They were not really concerned about whether they could get a job," Janakiraman said in a phone interview from the southern Indian city of Chennai. "Now they prefer to be in India."

Mostly via e-mail, Hanuma Samavedam keeps up with news of former colleagues and the various job opportunities they are finding in India. Some have been promoted two, even three, times since she left. She acknowledged the education her son will get in the United States and the job opportunities for her husband. But she wondered aloud whether her sacrifice is worth it.


David said...

interesting posts - I like your style

Anonymous said...

I hope Mrs Samevdam and the women like her all get so angry and upset that they all go back home to India and take their H1-B husbands with them! US born IT workers find their salaries and working conditions constantly degrading due to the glut of H1-B
Visa workers arriving from South Asia over the past 10 years. It's not that there really is a shortage of US born, qualified IT workers- the problem is that the software development corporations don't want to pay them what they are worth when they can import cheaper labor from India. This is a much documented fact glossed over by the corporate controlled media.