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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.11 No.2 pp.109-124

The Impact of Immigration Status on the Quality of Life Among Asian Indians in the United States of America

Shama Panjwani1, Suneetha B Manyam2, Priscilla Rose Prasath3
1Department of Counselor Education Clark Atlanta University at Atlanta
2Department of Counseling Mercer University at Atlanta
3Department of Counseling University of Texas at San Antonio
Corresponding Author
Shama Panjwani, School of Education, 323 Rufus E. Clement Hall, James P. Brawley Drive, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30314


The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of various immigration statuses on the quality of life among Asian Indians in the United States. The 73 Asian Indians, born in India and residing in the U.S., who participated in the survey study, reported experiencing varied levels of quality of life depending on their immigration status. Mental health counselors working with immigrants, in particular, Asian Indian clients, will benefit from the findings that highlight the need for heightened awareness of immigration-related policies and its impact on their clients’ immigration statuses, mental health and overall acculturation process.