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Dear Sophie: What’s the new minimum salary required for H-1B visa applicants? – TechCrunch

Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies. The company I work for has indicated it will sponsor me for an H-1B visa this year. I hear the random H-1B lottery will be replaced with a new system that selects H-1B candidates based on their salaries. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), finalized a new rule last week (Jan. 8), that replaces the random H-1B lottery with a pay-to-play system. In a nutshell, this is great news for Silicon Valley companies that have cash and need to remove risk.

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