Analysis

Salary-Based H-1B Visas May Leave Out Foreign Grads

Law360 (October 29, 2020, 10:12 PM EDT) -- The Trump administration's proposal to eliminate the H-1B visa lottery and instead award the coveted visa slots to candidates offered the highest salaries will affect startups and cut off a key pathway for international students to work in the U.S. after graduation, experts say.

H-1B visas, which are reserved for foreign professionals with college degrees, are capped at 85,000 per year. With demand consistently outstripping supply, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been holding a lottery each spring for the spots. Under the new proposal, USCIS would rank each visa request by salary and award the slots to employees of companies...

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