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Dear Sophie: Will the H-1B lottery be based on the highest wages?


Sophie Alcorn

Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives.

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Dear Sophie,
I graduated in December, and I’m currently working on OPT for an early-stage biotech startup. I’m not sure how much my employer knows about the H-1B lottery process or if they are planning to put me in the lottery.
I heard that the next lottery will not select H-1B candidates based on the highest salaries paid. What else should I know?
— Gifted Grad
Dear Gifted,
It’s great that you’re thinking …

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