April 5, 2011

Do Not ‘Settle’ For Settling Abroad: Plan Ahead For the Best Cross-Cultural Adaptation

Everyday hundreds and thousands of Indians enter an arranged marriage to a spouse who is not living in India.

If you’re from India or have Indian friends, you know it is hard to meet someone that doesn’t have a friend or relative in the U.S., studying, working or …. sitting at home on an H4 or F2 visa feeling bored, restless, socially isolated, and even depressed because their visa status doesn’t allow them to work.

But, this sad reality is often silenced or ‘swept under the rug’ because America is supposed to be exciting and the land of opportunities. Also, who calls back home to their family to complain and admit they are restless, bored, feeling useless because they can’t earn and have a job (though highly qualified to do so) and even depressed? No one would do this because no one would want their parents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends to worry about them and regret supporting their marriage to someone who’s abroad. Being abroad may have lost some of the past prestige it once held, but it is still quite an accomplishment to go abroad. Going abroad offers exciting opportunities one cannot experience at home.

Yet, the H4s and F1s are silently suffering wondering how to create a satisfying life when they are stripped of their once exciting identity they had ‘back home’.

Are you feeling this way? Are you living in the U.S. on a H4 or F2 and want to experience a more fulfilling life?

Or maybe you haven’t married yet and you want to explore and plan for your life abroad?

Or maybe, you’re a parent or family member of a spouse to-be planning to move abroad to U.S. with a dependent visa status and you’re concerned what your daughter or son will do?

Look no further. I am a cross-cultural coach here to help you plan and experience a richer, fuller, more satisfying life while moving abroad to U.S. I can help you answer a lot of questions to plan your life before, during or after your move. Benefit from cross-cultural coaching today!

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Thank you for reading.

End of Part 1, Series on Help for H4/F2 Visa Holders
Read Part 2: Questions Every To-Be America-Bound Desi Spouse Should Ponder
Read Part 3: Ideas of things to do in U.S.A on a H4 or F2 Dependent Visa


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What can a cross cultural coach do to help me?


Author of this post, Jennifer Kumar, an American has experience planning moves abroad having recently moved back to India for a second time. I understand the situations faced by dependant spouses and living in a new country trying to figure out how to fit in and find a place in a new community, country and culture. Feel free to follow her on Facebook by clicking here. Contact her for more information on coaching by clicking here.

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