Securing an H-1B visa may be a lottery drawn process, but the prospect of winning the lottery looks more promising for applicants holding a master’s degree from US-based universities. In keeping with the current political regime’s diktat of 'Buy American and Hire American', the existing visa processing rules are likely to be tweaked, literally flipped, in the ensuing year (April 2019). The H-1B visa, which acts as the calling card for Indian software engineers to pursue their American dream, with the Indian IT workforce comprising 60% of the overall allocation of 85,000 H-1B visas, is likely to undergo the following administrative and procedural changes. Mandatory electronic preregistration with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) –for all H-1B visa applicants Reversion of the visa selection process (general quota, additional quota) Though the impending changes in the visa processing rules are aimed at promoting local employment, the proposed changes are likelyREAD MORE