There are people who would do literally anything to have an American green card but not Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO and author of ‘Hit Refresh‘. Nadella moved from India to the USA in 1988 to attend graduate school and was given permanent resident status, meaning he was given a much wanted Green Card.
Nadella studied while having a romantic relationship with his girlfriend Anu who remained in India. In 1993 the pair married, but Anu still lived in India. Marriage can make things complicated for many reasons but for Satya and Anu, their marriage brought a whole new set of complications.
While Nadella had permanent resident status in the USA, Anu did not. And when the couple applied for a visa for Anu, the American immigration authorities rejected her visa. She was able to come to the USA, but as a short-term visitor only.
Satya Nadella, writes about the visa problems in his book. The visa waitlist for spouses was long. Anu was given a short-term tourist visa but was unable to settle permanently with her new husband.
Nadella had a job at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters. He was excelling at work but he wanted to excel as a husband too. He started chatting to lawyers to work out the best possible solution.
LOVE VS GREEN CARD
The only way to sort out their problems was for Nadella to give up his green card. He would then apply for an H1B skilled worker visa, which meant his spouse could come over immediately. There were no waitlists this way.
Not many people would do this but for Nadella, it was a no-brainer. His wife came first, no matter what. In 1994, he went to the US Embassy in Delhi, returned his green card and applied for a ‘skilled worker’ visa. His unconventional and to many people shocking manoeuvre, worked. Within weeks both he and Anu were allowed into the USA, together.
SATYA NADELLA IN ‘HIT REFRESH’
Microsoft CEO and author of ‘Hit Refresh’, Satya Nadella, writes about his decision and his love for his wife. At the time of denouncing his green card, he did not realize he would reach instant notoriety at Microsoft. Nobody says ‘no’ to a green card but for Nadella, LOVE CAME FIRST.💖
He also writes about the bizarre laws of a green card and how today he is engaging US President Donald Trump on the H1B visa debacles. Of course, today Nadella is the CEO of Microsoft and wants to make it easier for Microsoft to hire the best, and for the best people, from around the world, to get opportunities at Microsoft. He believes in equal opportunity for all, and in fairness and a just system.