A person from New Jersey who traveled to India to look after his sick father is now caught there as a second wave of COVID-19 ravages the nation.
The U.S. on Tuesday started proscribing journey from India, with the White Home citing the devastating rise in coronavirus instances within the nation and the emergence of probably harmful variants.
“What an irony, he is exempt from journey ban,” mentioned spouse Neha Mahajan, of Scotch Plains. “The journey ban that has gone into impact at present, he is exempt from that.”
When Ashu Mahajan left the U.S. in mid-April to look after his 75-year-old father, who was hospitalized with COVID in New Delhi, it was simply speculated to be brief time period journey. Sadly, by the point he arrived, his dad had been intubated and by no means regained consciousness.
Now, he would not know when he can get residence.
“He can not journey,” Neha Mahajan mentioned. “Why? As a result of the consulates are closed, and there aren’t any in individual appointments obtainable.”
The 44-year-old architect has been working within the U.S. since 2008 on a H-1B work visa, which requires an in-person appointment on the U.S. Consulate in India earlier than he can re-enter the nation.
The pandemic was not as extreme when he traveled, however due to the surging coronavirus disaster, India is now on lockdown — and Ashu Mahajan is caught.
“Frankly talking, I knew I’d have a troublesome time, however I did not have any choices,” Ashu Mahajan mentioned. “However I by no means anticipated it might utterly shut.”
Ashu Mahajan has been making an attempt to for the final two weeks to get an appointment, solely to face roadblock after roadblock. As of Tuesday, the web site says the following obtainable appointment is February of 2022.
“They will approve us for visas, however we will solely get visas once we land in India to get it stamped,” Neha Mahajan mentioned. “Why cannot they do it just about? Or why cannot we do it right here in the USA of America?”
Eyewitness Information reached out to the State Division, which says candidates ought to proceed to observe the web site for U.S. Embassy in New Delhi for updates — the identical web site that has been a useless finish for the household.
“For me, I’ve already misplaced my dad, I am right here on their own,” Ashu Mahajan mentioned. “I am scared for my children, I am scared for my spouse. I need to be with them.”
All of the household can do now’s hope for assist.
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