Waiting for green cards, Indian visa-holders see hope in Trump review

Guru Harihara, the CEO of startup Boomerang Commerce, discusses business issues with director of finance Jaya Jaware at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S. April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Nellis

When Gokul Gunasekaran was offered a full scholarship for a graduate programme in electrical engineering at Stanford University, he saw it as the chance of a lifetime.

He had grown up in Chennai, India, and had a solid job offer with a large oil company after getting his undergraduate degree. He came to America instead, got the Stanford degree and now works as an engineer at a data science startup in Silicon Valley.

But for the past five years, he has been waiting for a green card that would give him full legal rights as a permanent resident. In the meantime, he is in a holding pattern on an H-1B visa, which permits him to live and work in the United States but does not allow him easily to switch jobs or start his own company.

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