So, yesterday Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) quietly announced that international students on F-1 or M-1 visas will be required to leave the US, if their courses go entirely online in the fall. Active students currently in the United States enrolled in [online only] programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as… Read More On Revoking Student Visas. Or, what it feels like when the secret fear that organized your immigrant life becomes a reality.
You remember those angsty posts I wrote a few years back, about how I didn’t want to become a U.S. citizen? Well this weekend I ponied up the seven hundred and something dollars and sent in my application.
Last night many friends of mine dropped everything and went to airports to protest the ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US. I wrote on Facebook that as an immigrant myself, I am proud of, and grateful for, everyone who did so. Over the last few months, however, whenever I’ve expressed fear… Read More Who Is a True American? The Muslim-ban is About Volk, Not Just Racism and Islamophobia
The funny thing is, I was actually looking forward to waking up on November 9th. And yet yesterday I discovered that I have lived for the past eleven years surrounded by people who hate me. They may not know it, but they do. And now I know it as well. *** Back in September I… Read More A Piece of Paper. Waking up as an immigrant on Nov 9, 2016.
Since Brexit, I’ve been asked a few times if I will now apply for US citizenship. Up until this point I had never even considered it. I have permanent residency, and as far as I could tell (although to be honest, I hadn’t even looked that far into it) the only advantage citizenship would give… Read More Debating Citizenship, post-Brexit and mid-Trump
The vice provost dropped by again this morning. He asked how I was feeling. “Imagine how you are going to feel if Trump wins in November” I replied. “That’s how I’m feeling.” Yesterday I wrote on this blog that I didn’t understand what was happening. But last night as I sat at home watching the… Read More What the F just happened? For my US friends, a long attempt to Brexplain
One of the vice provosts dropped by my office today. It didn’t take long before he spun round to the topic of Brexit. “So what’s going on in your country with this EU thing?” he asked. “Pretty much the British version of Trump.” I replied. And not for the first time this week, I found… Read More Brexit From A Distance