Is settling in the USA worth it for an Indian?




Hannah Brown

30 year old,Indian male.

I started my career with an Indian IT firm at age of 23. After working for while in bangalore for close to 3 years I was sent to US for a client engagement,there I stayed for another 3 years before I raised a request to move to India to my base location aka Bangalore.However after 5-6 months I finally stepped down from my corporate job and moved to my hometown Jaipur.

Purpose of writing all this “tell me about yourself” kind of para above, is because I feel that person who is reading this answer should get a gist that my life till now has been quite unsettling as well as volatile. Coming from small town to metro then to US, I literally saw myself evolving a lot during whole process.I will discuss about three different phases of my life in response to this question my distant past,my recent past and my present (only restricted to my experience with different social environments).




Distant past (Bangalore)

Bangalore was quite organised compared to my hometown or any other town of north India for that matter. But the city was like a jug full to brim, it was like every person wanted to leave the city,their jobs but they just “can’t”.



Recent past (US)

US was altogether a great experience it was like Bangalore 20.0. Lot more cleaner,safer and less populated but more socially awkward for people like me.I just couldn’t figure out what should I do so that I don’t feel lonely.I try making friends,made lot of them but just couldn’t feel that bonding with them which I had back in India. My life got limited to weekends, for rest of the week I just used to go to office cook some random shit ,eat it and then sleep. Sometimes in a day I used to call back to my home/gf three times a day and strangely they all seemed so busy,so alive. I try to drag conversation because I just don’t want them to hang up as I knew that if they do ,I might not get anyone to talk with me in “this way” . It become so much out of control that even after working entire day I couldn’t sleep in night I was just not tired or may be happy,I don’t know ,but I couldn’t sleep. I started hating that place, I just wanted to leave so applied for my transfer back to India and moved to bangalore.




Present (My Hometown)

After moving from US I got pretty much clarity that this is not the way I want to live my life.I will waste my entire life if I continued in this way so I left my job move to my hometown and take over my family business which I never gave due importance earlier but all those years in unknown places made me realize it’s importance. Nothing much changed in my place there were again lots of people,lack of rules,dirtyness etc. etc. but amidst all these I was happy. My lifestyle started coming back on track I started waking up early,started becoming fit, everything started falling at right place.Yes, I don’t earn what I was earning in US or even in Bangalore but do I care,no. I am earning decent enough to give me and my family good lifestyle.Maybe I won’t be making regular check in’s at 5 star hotels on company’s budget but now I don’t want that I just want a place where I can get some stability and that’s what I am getting here.




So the bottom line is, it can get difficult to settle in US or even in some places in India but it hugely depends upon the individual. It is just like a lock and key kind of thing if you as a key are trying to get yourself in wrong lock ultimately it will be you who will be on receiving end. So just do some introspection and take a call before it gets too late in life .





Romy Ilano

Only if you’re into it. I’ve heard of people having to live in really gruesome parts of the USA with no access to good food stores and even veggies for some Indian people. They didn’t complain bout it but I’d ask them questions and it’d be places where people only ate meat and stuff, pretty nasty. But now there are a lot of Indian hubs for all kinds of Indians so it’s not so bad I guess.





Rakesh Rathod

The decision to settle in the USA as an Indian, or for anyone, is a deeply personal one and depends on various factors. It's not a one-size-fits-all scenario, and what might be worthwhile for one person might not be the same for another. Here are some considerations to keep in mind:


Career Opportunities: The USA offers a wide range of job opportunities across different industries, and it's known for its competitive job market. If you have a skill set that's in demand or you're pursuing higher education, it can be a valuable destination for career growth.

Quality of Life: Consider your lifestyle preferences and what you value in terms of quality of life. The USA offers a diverse range of living environments, from bustling cities to tranquil rural areas, each with its own pros and cons.



Education: If you have aspirations for higher education, the USA is home to many renowned universities and institutions. It's a popular destination for international students.

Immigration Process: Understand the various immigration pathways, such as employment-based visas, family-sponsored visas, or the diversity visa lottery. The process can be lengthy and complex.

Cultural Adaptation: Be prepared for cultural differences and the challenges of adapting to a new culture. This can be both enriching and challenging.




Cost of Living: Research the cost of living in different regions of the USA. Expenses can vary significantly from one area to another.

Visa and Immigration Status: Your visa or immigration status can affect your ability to work, study, or stay in the USA. Stay informed about the legal requirements.

Long-Term Goals: Consider your long-term goals, such as obtaining permanent residency or citizenship, and how they align with your reasons for settling in the USA.




Family Considerations: If you have family members accompanying you, think about their needs and how they might be affected by the move.

Return Plans: Some individuals plan to gain experience in the USA and then return to their home country to contribute to its development. Consider your long-term plans and how settling in the USA fits into them.



Ultimately, whether settling in the USA is worth it for you as an Indian depends on your individual circumstances, goals, and priorities. It's advisable to research thoroughly, seek advice from those who have made a similar move, and consult with immigration experts to make an informed decision that aligns with your aspirations and values.





Swagato Barman Roy

Are not indians insanely proud of, and they just cannot stop beating the drum about Sundar pichai, Satya Nadela, then the former CEO of Twitter (forgot the name) etc.? Anyone dares say it's not worth it for them?

Now, you may say they are not typical samples. But then you should also recognise the answer is dependent on everyone's unique life situation and it's impossible to cover all indians in an answer.

However, I have witnessed among many Indians (not just in the US but also Canada, UK etc.) the sentiment is not about their lives. It's about their kids, who they want to grow up in the west, with citizenship (by birth) so that the kids have a better life in the future.







Genius III

Whether settling in the USA is worth it for an Indian or anyone else depends on individual circumstances, goals, and priorities. The USA offers opportunities in education, career advancement, and quality of life, but it also comes with challenges such as cultural adjustments and immigration processes. Consider factors like job prospects, lifestyle preferences, family considerations, and long-term goals when making this decision.





Ali Sakarya

It depends on the individual’s goals and preferences. The United States offers a wide variety of opportunities for those who are willing to work hard and take advantage of them, and many Indians have found success in the US. However, it is important to consider the cost of living, the cultural differences, and the potential for discrimination before making a decision.


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