Indian American family back in U.S. after harrowing three month wait for visa renewal

Saurav Mazumdar and Ishita Menon were stuck in immigration limbo for unexplained reasons.

The Mazumdar family from Washington D.C. had a harrowing experience with their H-1B visa renewal process. The family of four – husband Saurav Mazumdar, wife Ishita Menon and their two kids Sameer and Sitara went to Delhi, India three months ago to get their visas renewed while awaiting their green cards.

However, the short trip turned into nightmare when their visas were denied for unexplained reasons. According to Washington Post, administrative processing delays put them in a frightening immigration limbo for three long months.

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Saurav Mazumdar, a data scientist who works in Washington D.C. area had gone on a two-week visit to India. His wife and kids had preceded him to have a few extra days with the extended family in India.

However, the family were in for a rude shock when their visa was denied. This especially bothered the couple because both of them were highly educated and high-skilled. Both studied at U.S. universities and were living in the country for close to two decades now. The kids born in the U.S. knew no other home.

Once they got their visas, they wasted no time in flying back. Now the family is back at their Washington D.C. condo. The couple have resumed their jobs and the kids are back to school at the end of their ordeal.

The unexplained wait meant that the family had to re-schedule their work hours while the kids missed school. The incident further highlights how unexplained delays are causing havoc in the lives of those living and working on visas in the US.


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