“I’m no matter I’m at the moment simply due to them,” Jha stated. “I am glad that I might come right here (India) to see my dad take his final breath however it’s a really emotional scenario,” he stated.
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 acquired dwelling remedy and recovered, however sadly, his father misplaced his battle with Covid-19 on Could 4.
Jha’s spouse, Shilpa, and their son didn’t journey with him to keep away from any being pregnant problems.
“Right here I’m 8 months pregnant and on a high-risk being pregnant with gestational diabetes and due subsequent month,” Shilpa instructed 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 part 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 stated 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 venture 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 no clear purpose, regardless of offering Shilpa’s medical information and his employment documentation, he stated.
In an e mail to Jha, the US Embassy and Consulate in Delhi stated, “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 part was enterprise as common with the embassies and every part was operational,” he stated. “I believed it’d take a number of weeks because it often does however I did not anticipate 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 stated that attributable to problems together with her being pregnant, she is vulnerable 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 when it comes to getting time without work and delivery all the mandatory visa paperwork from there so I’ve all of these paperwork in my hand, he stated.
Determined for an answer, the Jhas reached out to each Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Sen. Mark Kelly.
A spokersperson for Sinema stated, “Our workplace is speaking with the embassy on behalf of the Jha household and dealing to discover a swift resolution.”
Sen. Kelly’s staff additionally instructed CNN they’re in touch with the household.