For Athulya Rajakumar and her mom, this time of year is usually a season for rest and celebration: shopping, cooking, viewing Christmas lights. But Rajakumar hasn’t exactly been in the holiday spirit. It could be her last Christmas at home in the United States.
Rajakumar came to the U.S. under her mother’s visa. Now, after nearly two decades, the 23-year-old University of Texas graduate may have to deport herself to India because she has aged out of visa protections afforded to specialized visa holders. Her mother, who she lives with in Dallas, has been trying to offer some comfort.