H-1B Visa Agonies Come Alive in Digital Exhibition

Love it (Indians love it) or hate it (Americans loath it), the H-1B Visa program of the U.S. government is here to stay.

H-1B employment visas lets non-U.S. citizens with exceptional skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to work in America on a temporary basis.

Most H-1B visa holders get Green Cards through their employers and eventually become American citizens.

So the H-1B Visa is the first step for tens of thousands of Indians and others in their journey to become Americans.

More than a third of the H1-B Visas issued every year go to Indians.

In recent years, the competition for H-1B Visas has become severe and the whole process from getting a H1B Visa to citizenship is extremely stressful and costs more than $15,000.

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H-1B Visa Exhibition

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the H-1B visa, created by the Immigration Act of 1990, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center has launched a digital exhibition aptly titled “H-1B.”

The digital exhibition features 17 South Asian and Asian American artists exploring America’s immigration story through the H-1B visa.

The artists use the H-1B visa as visual inspiration to comment on their individual immigration journeys.

Works by the 17 artists depict emotions like anxiety, dignity, isolation and opportunity associated with living in America.

Artists featured in the H-1B exhibition include Arjun Rihan, Ruee Gawarikar, Lilaben Leher, Juhi Bharat, Venus Sanghvi, Aishwariya, Tanzila Ahmed, Sangeeta Reddy, Jyoti Omi Chowdhury & Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, and Yamini Someshwar.

You can access the H-1B Digital Exhibition here.

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