INTERNATIONAL

U.S. modifies H-1B visa selection process

The outgoing Trump administration on Friday modified the selection process for H-1B visa, giving priority to salary and skills instead of the current lottery procedures.

The notification was published in the Federal Register. It would come into force in 60 days.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows U.S. firms to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

The next H-1B visa filing season is slated to start on April 1. The notification is the latest effort to bar the entry of immigrants to the U.S.