H-1B visa shift may favor tech companies

Currently, a person with a master’s or doctoral degree from an American college or university has better odds of receiving a visa, because they’re eligible for a lottery just for people with U.S. advanced degrees that gives out 20,000 H-1B visas. If they miss their shot, they continue on to a lottery for the remaining 65,000 slots, for which individuals with either graduate or undergraduate degrees are eligible.

The Department of Homeland Security wants to switch the order of these lotteries, it said in a notice of the proposed rule change, which would — somewhat counterintuitively — improve the odds for those highly educated workers.