Satya Nadella

In December 1992, future Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella married his wife, Anu, who still lived in their native India.

And then, things got complicated.

“It was a happy time, but the complications of immigration would soon prove a challenge,” Nadella writes in his new book, “Hit Refresh,” which officially releases on Monday.

At the time, Nadella had just started as a technical evangelist at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters. He had been in the United States since he entered graduate school in 1988. Importantly, he enjoyed permanent resident status, meaning he had a “coveted” green card.

Following the wedding, Nadella intended to bring Anu over to the US to live with him. The problem was, the immigration authorities rejected Anu’s visa application — there was a long waitlist for the spouses of permanent residents, Nadella writes. She was able to get a short-term tourist visa, but had to return to India before long.

Microsoft’s immigration lawyer suggested an ingenious but extremely risky manuever to circumvent that waitlist. If Nadella gave up his green card, he could reapply for a H1B skilled worker visa. Unlike a green card, an H1B visa is temporary and must be renewed. However, H1B workers could bring over …read more


Source:: Businessinsider – Life

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