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Businesses wanting high-skilled foreign workers wary of new visa registration process
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Firms of all sizes, including major tech companies like Google and Apple, use the H-1B visa lottery to hire high-skilled workers, including those who earned their degrees in the U.S.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which oversees the lottery, says moving the process online will save time and money for both petitioners and the agency. The program has a cap of 85,000 visas.
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The online switch could have a wide range of consequences, William Stock of Klasko Immigration Law Partners told FOX Business.
USCIS said in December that it had successfully tested the new online process, but Stock said he's recommending his clients be ready to submit paper filings in case the system crashes.