The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a final rule changing the way U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects the registrations of U.S. employers that want to file H-1B petitions subject to the annual “cap.”

The end result could dramatically reduce the number of recent foreign graduates who can work in the United States and may even trickle down to whether foreign students choose to study here.

Instead of purely random selection, USCIS will give preference to jobs with the highest wages in the particular occupation and area of employment. Yet the law establishing the H-1B visa category does not provide for wage level selection.

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