Thesis Defence: Transnational Lives and Struggles of Indian Immigrants on Work/Dependent Visas in Dallas, USA
February 28 at 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Parvathi Rajeevan, supervised by Dr. David Geary, will defend their thesis titled “Transnational Lives and Struggles of Indian Immigrants on Work/Dependent Visas in Dallas, USA” in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies—Global Studies Theme.
An abstract for Parvathi Rajeevan’s thesis is included below.
Defences are open to all members of the campus community as well as the general public. Registration is not required for in person defences.
This research delves into the experiences of Indian IT immigrants living in Dallas, Texas, on temporary work visas. The findings based on interviews with 14 Indian immigrants in Texas reveal that they encounter various struggles surrounding immigration, insecurity and uncertainty about their future. Despite the US government’s encouragement of skilled immigrants from India, current immigration rules and policies can contribute to increased tension and criticism by Indian immigrants themselves as they navigate the desires associated with transnational migration. This research showcases their aspirations, daily lives, and the complexities of their journey. By highlighting the aspirations, advantages, and struggles of Indian immigrants in Dallas, this thesis contributes to the limited body of research on this topic of lives and struggles of Indian immigrants in Dallas. It provides valuable insights into the experiences of this sizable demographic within the South Asian diaspora and offers a deeper understanding of their transnational lives and the unique challenges they encounter in their journey as immigrants in the United States.