Chetana Musapeta’s Family Migration Story
I was born and raised in Hyderabad, India until I was eight years old when my parents decided to move to America in search of a better job opportunity and a better life. My dad’s brother was already in America and said he could help sponsor my dad to come live in America but the problem was he could only help ONE person not an entire family. It was a really tough decision on my dad but in the end he agreed to take up the offer of my uncle and go to America and try to sponsor us after he was settled there. So my dad applied for a visa and after the 9th time he finally got approved and left for America in 1999 and it took him an entire year to get a sponsorship for us to come here. My family went an entire year without being able to see my dad and he worked night and day to get a sponsorship for us. Finally a year later we were approved and I, my mom, and my two brothers came here in April of 2000. They didn’t stop there- they kept pushing until we received a green card and then our citizenship, so that we would not be at a disadvantage in America. I can never repay my parents for what they have done, they have sacrificed so much so me and my brothers can have a better life.
Chetana’s story is part of our APA Heritage Month series of featuring a family migration story a day for the month of May! Find this feature at http://www.facebook.com/aajcyouth.