Dionne Gray

My Journey to Living in a First World Democracy

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Photo by Bermix Studio on Unsplash

I’ve lived in this country for nearly 21 years. Except for a brief return to my Trinidad home for three years, the first 10 years were spent as a student — first as an undergraduate and then a graduate student. The next six years were spent in foreign worker status (on an H-1B visa if you’re familiar with U.S. immigration jargon) until I earned my permanent residency status (green card) in 2016.