“I’m no matter I’m in the present day simply due to them,” Jha mentioned. “I am glad that I may come right here (India) to see my dad take his final breath however it’s a really emotional scenario,” he mentioned.
Jha’s 59-year-old father was hospitalized on April 24, and Jha arrived in Udaipur, Rajasthan, two days later. His 58-year-old mom obtained dwelling remedy and recovered, however sadly, his father misplaced his battle with Covid-19 on Might 4.
Jha’s spouse, Shilpa, and their son didn’t journey with him to keep away from any being pregnant issues.
“Right here I’m 8 months pregnant and on a high-risk being pregnant with gestational diabetes and due subsequent month,” Shilpa advised CNN. “Additionally I’ve a 4-year-old boy to take care (of). At this stage, I would like my husband now. I’ve been managing every little thing with out him since greater than a month however now it is not possible for me to handle alone.”
Torn between two international locations
After performing the final rites for his father, Jha mentioned actuality sunk in — how he would handle to return to Gilbert, Arizona.
Earlier than Jha can return dwelling, he must get his passport reviewed and stamped at a US Consulate in India. He’s an H-1B employment visa holder working for PayPal as a senior challenge chief.
Due to tightening Covid-19 restrictions that pressured closures of US embassies and consulates in India, Jha was given an appointment in September — nearly three months away. He tried to file an emergency request however the US Embassy in India denied it with out a clear motive, regardless of offering Shilpa’s medical data and his employment documentation, he mentioned.
In an electronic mail to Jha, the US Embassy and Consulate in Delhi mentioned, “your request for permission to schedule an emergency appointment has been reviewed. We remorse to tell you that your request has been denied.”
“I knew I needed to renew my visa however after I flew from there (the US) every little thing was enterprise as regular with the embassies and every little thing was operational,” he mentioned. “I assumed it would take just a few weeks because it normally does however I did not count on that they might resolve to shut and droop operations.”
And Jha is not the one one who’s caught or has been caught in India due to the tightening journey restrictions.
Shilpa mentioned that as a consequence of issues together with her being pregnant, she is prone to untimely supply within the subsequent 2-3 weeks, however she will’t think about going into labor with out her husband by her aspect.
PayPal says they’re supporting Jha all through the method.
“My employer has supported me by way of getting break day and transport all the required visa paperwork from there so I’ve all of these paperwork in my hand, he mentioned.
Determined for an answer, the Jhas reached out to each Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Sen. Mark Kelly.
A spokersperson for Sinema mentioned, “Our workplace is speaking with the embassy on behalf of the Jha household and dealing to discover a swift answer.”
Sen. Kelly’s workforce additionally advised CNN they’re involved with the household.