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Microsoft engineer shares her immigration story and sheds light on a broken system

Microsoft engineer shares her immigration story and sheds light on a broken system

In a heart-wrenching post, a Microsoft software engineer opened up about her personal immigration story. Sri Ponnada shared on Facebook that she must leave the United States in six months because of the nation’s current immigration issues that have forced her and her family to wait years for green cards, despite proper documentation. Her post is starting conversations about how the system is also impacting children who came to this country, and those who are now adults still navigating a complex green card process. SEE ALSO: 5 books about immigrant and refugee experiences that you’ll want to read with your kids On a page dedicated to support for her case, Ponnada, who is currently residing in Washington, offered a detailed account of her experiences as a child who immigrated to the country with her parents when she was 14 from Jamaica, though she is originally from India. In the post, she discusses the opportunities she seized while a student at University of Iowa, and the contributions she and her family have made — such as her mother’s work as “a doctor in an underserved community in Iowa.” Ponnada also shared that she has worked with non-profits, encouraging girls to join STEM fields and is involved in social service projects with the city of Seattle outside of her work at Microsoft. “I have had great opportunities in this country so far, but I still face the same anxiety I’ve had since childhood about my visa status,” she explains. “Even though I have lived here practically my whole life and work at Microsoft, I had to apply for a H1B visa — which is a LOTTERY — just to be able to stay in the country because there is no way for kids like me to stay here …read more

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