Firms Are Colluding to Cheat H-1B Visa Lottery, U.S. Says

The federal agency says that visa applicants are entered in the H-1B lottery multiple times to boost their chances.

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration has discovered evidence that several dozen smaller technology companies colluded in order to increase their chances of winning a H-1B visa, which is awarded for foreign workers with special skills.

Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), the federal agency responsible for awarding H-1B visas said that it had found a few companies that were putting the same applicants in the lottery more than once, allegedly to artificially boost their chances of receiving a visa. The findings are outlined in an employer notice that was viewed by The Wall Street Journal. It is set to be published on Friday.