H-1B Random Lottery System Is Justified, Ore. Court Says

Law360, New York (March 20, 2017, 2:02 PM EDT) -- An Oregon federal court has upheld the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ randomized lottery system for awarding H-1B visas, striking down arguments from class-action petitioners who said the agency ran afoul of immigration law by not offering a waiting list.

The USCIS isn’t obligated to process visas on a strictly first-come, first-serve basis and to line up remaining applicants on a waiting list for the next year, the court said in granting the government summary judgment on Friday.

“Given the significant deference owed to an agency’s interpretation when a statute is silent or ambiguous, the court does not find that defendants’...

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