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Scoring a High-Skill Visa Just Got a Little Bit Harder

Aug. 17, 2017, 2:18 PM

There haven’t been any regulations or new policies issued in response to the president’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, but there are signs it’s being implemented through back-door channels.

The order requires the federal agencies in charge of immigration to ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the “most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.” The temporary visas, which are reserved for “specialty occupations,” currently are awarded according to a random lottery.

But some immigration attorneys are noticing a shift in how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services responds to H-1B petitions.

The USCIS is issuing “exponentially more” requests for evidence...

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