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International work visas to be distributed through lottery.

For international students, working in the United States after graduation will become more difficult.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced in March that petitions for H-1B international work visas — which allow internationals to temporarily live and work in the United States for three years — will now be run through a lottery system. They have also set a quota of 65,000 visas for the 2014 Fiscal Year.

The USCIS began accepting FY 2014 H-1B applications this Monday and they speculate that they will receive more petitions between April 1 and April 5 than the quota allows. Should they receive more than 65,000 applications, the USCIS will use the lottery system to randomly select petitions to fill in any available visa spots that may open up.

A lottery has not been utilized since FY 2008, and in recent years, the quota for applications has varied around 60,000. For the past several years, the depressed economy had left many H-1B visa spots untaken.

According to the Wall Street Journal, this move towards a lottery system for visas is a sign of a strengthening economy, as companies have increased the number of foreign hires within the past two years.

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Chinese students most likely to be turned back at border.

One in three international students deported or asked to leave voluntarily was Chinese.

Chinese students also dominated those being denied entry and having student visas cancelled at the airport, making up 75 per cent of all students turned around at the border.

Students stopped at the airport were identified through a screening and profiling system as not meeting requirements of entry.

Immigration New Zealand data released to the Herald under the Official Information Act revealed 688 former international students were deported or faced "voluntary departures" between March 1 last year and February 28. They included 224 Chinese, 143 Indians and 85 Fijians.

Student visas are cancelled when a holder breaches visa conditions or is deemed by the agency to be "non bona fide".

China is New Zealand's largest source of international students, contributing more than a quarter, followed by India (13 per cent) and South Korea (10 per cent).

An Immigration staff member in Beijing told the Herald last year that New Zealand became a magnet for fraudulent Chinese students after the agency decided to relax its risk profiling rules there.

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