1994 - 1996, I was in charge of business development of Asian countries. I travelled to China, Vietnam, Burma, India, etc, etc... It was fun. I could say I loved my job. I adored my company, too.
In summer, 1997, I was transferred to San Francisco as a part of management team, newly formed Multimedia Marketing and Business Development. In the public business scenes, I was top running, high gear, and full speed. Though I had my own secret plan to keep staying in the US, I did not have enough time to think and implement it. Sales were souring to be doubled in 1999, I was working with 15 team members. Think it back it was good economy days, at the same time, Multimedia was early stage, growing rapidly. I did not recognize it, I thought my team was winning, I was winning.
My visa status that time was under E-2, investor status, endorsed by my company. I knew this would cause me a problem later because company endorsement expires, my visa expires. Once my visa expires, I would be given just a couple of weeks to get out of US. I planned to change it to H-1 to smoothly move to "Green Card Base". But things started to happen before I move.
The problem was not just my company life. My private life had even bigger problem. My ex-wife was from my company's high-up managing director's family. But she did not like to accompany me to stay in US. During company days of San Francisco, my ex-wife visited me once for about a week. She returned back to Japan after that. She was never interested in coming back. By 1999, we had been separated for about 3 years. If I decide to keep staying in the US, I need to end that marriage, too.
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