Bigger India

Green card wait affects Northwest Arkansas residents

It's uncertain how many Indian nationals live in Northwest Arkansas, but the 2010 Census showed 3,523 Asian Indians living in Benton and Washington counties, five times the number recorded during the 2000 Census.

Vanshika Chintakunta dreams of going to college, becoming a doctor and opening a medical office in the United States.

But she’s different from many immigrant dreamers: She came to America legally. Still, her immigration status diminishes her hope of achieving those goals.

Vanshika, a ninth-grader at Bentonville High School, moved to the United States from India when she was 3 through her father’s work visa. Her sister, Trishika, was 5 months old.

Read it at NWA Online

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