My Father

Although I’m a 24-year-old male, I have no shame in admitting that over the past year I have cried harder than I’ve ever cried in my entire life. Twice. Both of these occasions involved my dad, and neither of them was caused directly by him. In fact, he wasn’t even aware that either of them happened. I am…

Saving My Job [Part 2]

I should reiterate that I already had started reading legal documents. Like I said, I decided to go after the big kahunas, so might as well go all out, right? But this time I said “alright, I’m gonna jump into this issue and see where I hit a wall and how I can bypass it. I’m…

Saving My Job

I can’t tell you how many times my plans have changed since November 18th, 2013. I have talked to the immigration office about any and all options, I dropped $200 on my lawyer for legal advice, I’ve read U.S. Code (legal statutes) and case law in order to find loopholes, and I even seriously considered…

My Journey Since Graduation [Part 3]

Finding My Way After losing my job I began volunteering almost immediately because I pretty much had to if I didn’t want to automatically become illegal. The international relations organization that I started with was pretty small and did not have a lot for me to do because I was so fresh into the whole…

My Journey Since Graduation [Part 2]

My Job After College After my starting date got delayed [twice], I began training at a fantastic company with the mutual understanding [for real this time] that we didn’t know if the necessary licenses would be approved by every state that I needed to get licensed in. Therefore, it wasn’t guaranteed that I would be able to keep…

My Journey Since Graduation

I’m about to tell you everything that’s happened since the day I graduated. But let me first point out something important for the purposes of this story: Although I’ve lived in the U.S. since July, 2001, I am legally an international student. I’m not a citizen and I am not a permanent resident. I came…