H1B Visa 2019 Lottery Date Season Start and Predictions

Many of you who were not lucky in 2017 with the work visa lottery in US for FY H1B Visa 2018 may be applying this year to work in US. Below are some of the common FAQs that are tied to H1B work visa for fiscal year 2019.  This article will be updated with latest info as we get more info.

  • H1B 2019 Season Start Date ?
  • H1B Visa 2019 Quota ?
  • Will there be lottery for H1B 2019 ?
  • H1B 2019 Lottery date ?
  • How to find H1B 2019 Sponsors ?
  • H1B visa 2019 fees ?
  • H1B 2019 Latest News

Beginner - First Time H1B ?

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If this is your first time filing H1B, please read H1B Visa Basics – FAQs like Requirements, Quota, LCA, etc.

What is the H1B Visa 2019 season start date ?
Update : USCIS will start accepting H1B Petitions starting from April 2nd, 2018 as per their official update on their website. In general, USCIS starts accepting applications for the next fiscal year exactly 6 months before the start of the next fiscal year. USCIS fiscal year for 2019 starts from 1st October 2018, which means they should accept applications for FY 2019 from April 1st, 2018. As April 1st is a Sunday, USCIS should accept applications for H1B 2019 season from April 2nd, 2019.

What is H1B visa 2019 Quota for Regular and Masters filings ?
As of the date of writing of article, the H1B quota is as below. This is also called the H1B Visa Cap. You can read more at What is H1B Cap ? Regular vs Masters quota ?

  • H1B Regular Quota : 65,000 visas
  • H1B Master’s Quota : 20,000 visas. ( only US Masters eligible)

Also, of the overall 85,000 visa cap, every year 6,800 visas are set aside for the citizens of Singapore and Chile as part of the Free Trade Agreement with them. There were few bills part of Comprehensive Immigration Reform that are not active in Senate that were proposed from Obama administration days to change the cap count to 110,000 and Masters to 25,000, including potential to make H1B cap extend up to 180,000. But nothing has moved and all are dormant. Nothing new has been proposed by the new Trump Administration regarding changing cap count. To get a glimpse of historical cap count changes, you may check H1B visa cap count history from 1990 to 2017

Will there be Lottery for H1B 2019 season ? Lottery Predictions ? Filing Numbers ?
Looking at the historical trend of H1B filings, cap reach dates, it is quite possible that we would have lottery for FY 2019 quota.  We have written a detail article looking at historical data, Trump administration new policies like ‘Buy American, Hire American’, students on OPT, H4 EAD removal rule, etc. factors. To know the prediction numbers and details, read the article:  H1B Visa 2019 Lottery Predictions – Analysis, Graphs .

When is H1B Visa 2019 Lottery Date ? 
There are two things, one is when the H1B petitions are accepted for the lottery and second is when the actual lottery is done. H1B visa petitions for next fiscal year would be accepted by USCIS from April 2nd, 2018 for 5 working days until April 6th, 2018 to be part of the lottery. Now, the actual lottery date depends on various factors depending the volume of petitions and USCIS load. It can be anywhere in second week of April. For FY 2018, the actual H1B Lottery was done on April 11th, 2017 . We can expect anywhere around the same date like April 11th or April 13th.

How to find H1B visa 2019 Sponsors ? 

It can be very hard to find a good employer and convince them to sponsor H1B to work in US with major unknown like H1B Visa lottery. Anyways, you would be in one of the three scenarios, if you are seeking a H1B Sponsor. 

  • F1 Student in US : You can find an internship or co-op at an employer who can sponsor H1B visa and ask them to sponsor your H1B. You can continue to work on OPT once you graduate as well. You find the list of H1B Sponsoring companies using the tool
  • International Professionals  : If you are outside of US, it can be tricky with all the latest rules by Trump administration. Your best bet is to find an multi-national company ( MNC) and work through them to sponsor H1B visa. You may have hurdles inside the company with all the internal process, many waiting, etc. But, it is up to you to negotiate and ask them to take a chance. Many try the IT body shop route, where they ask them to file H1B. Rules have changed in the last few years and it is very risky move and can jeopardize your US hopes. Read comments on this H1B Companies Reviews article  to get an idea and  beware of such consulting companies to avoid fraud.
  • Important Note : We, as RedBu2US, DO NOT Provide any H1B sponsorship or guide anyone using professional services or fee. If anyone approaches you by saying our name, it is pure FRAUD…beware !

If you are looking for more details, check out Guide on How to Find H1B Visa Sponsors 2019

What is H1B 2019 Filing Fee ? 

H1B visa petition filing involves USCIS fee towards certain things and attorney fees, which varies by company size, and attorney involved for the case.  As of FY 2018 season, it can range anywhere from $1,600 USD to $7,400 USD + Attorney Fee.  In year 2016, for FY 2018, the H1B base filing fees, increased from  $325 to $460. Below table is a high level summary from FY 2018 quota as of writing, it maybe subject to change as we approach towards the filing date.  If any changes, we will update this accordingly.    Also, you can Read Summary of H1B Filing Fee – Who pays for What ? .

H1B Fee – Paid Towards Amount in USD
 Base filing fee $460
AICWA Fee $750  or $1,500
Fraud prevent & detection fee $500
Fee based on Public Law 114-113 ( if applicable) $4000
Premium processing fee (Optional) $1,225
Immigration Attorney Fee Varies from $500 to $3000

H1B 2019 Case Tracker  :
Did you work with attorney and sent all documents to apply for FY 2019 ?  It is quite hard for applicants to know the general status of everyone to understand their situation. We have put together a tracker along with good graphs for analysis. It is completely anonymous as we do not capture your case number or any personal information. It is community contributed data, the more you add, the better for everyone, including  You !

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What’s the latest news on H1B Visa 2019 ?

Below are some of the major news updates on H1B 2019 season. You can check H1B Visa 2019 Cap Count Tracker – Latest News Updates for full details

  • March 20, 2018 ( Official News) : USCIS accepts H1B 2019 petitions from April 2nd, Premium Process Suspended till Sept 10, 2018.
  • Feb 22, 2018 ( Official News ): USCIS released a new memo with additional requirements for H1B petitions filed for third party worksite locations. These new rules are very extensive asking for work orders, contracts, client letter itinerary, etc. and will have huge impact on H1B 2019 quota filings. Read completed details with impact info at  New Policy Memo Third Party worksite H1B Petitions – Requirements, Impact.
  • January 25,2018 : (Unofficial News) : AILA updated to their members that there will NOT be any procedural changes for FY 2019 season. You can read more details at AILA News USCIS – No Procedural Changes for FY 2019 
  • December 2017 : There are many speculations floating around based on the proposals and bills in senate and house by Trump administration. We just have to wait and see what happens. We will track all the news and update here for everyone’s update.

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Comments ( 262 )

  1. 2nd Time

    My previous H1 application got denied, which in turn changed my SEVIS status to “COMPLETED” (Though I have my STEM OPT valid until July 2019).
    – SEVIS blames it on USCIS and USCIS blames it on SEVIS.
    – A correction has been filled but no update till date


    -Can I apply for H1b COS?
    -One of the opinions I got from a colleague is to go with Consular Processing. Can I go with that?
    -What is the difference between COS and CP?
    – any other advice on this case is welcomed.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Ram

      1. Since your SEVIS is completed, I dont think you can apply as Change of Status(COS). Please check with an immigration Attorney on this.
      2. You can apply for H1B as consular processing. This is how beneficiaries from outside the country apply.
      3. Change of status to H1B (From any visa like F1 or L1 or J1 to H1B)is applied when one is currently in USA on a valid visa and applies for H1B. Once COS is approved, the person can start working on H1B and its enough to get stamping when he/she travels and re enters USA. Where as Consular processing(CP) is applied when a person stays out of USA and tries to apply for visa to enter USA. In this case, once visa is approved, beneficiary has to get stamping and enter USA with valid visa stamped.

    2. Stop H1b

      If you have done STEM , your only intention is to live in USA. Do some good things for your country man instead of helping trump😝

  2. No Premium Processing

    Apparently premium processing is going to be suspended this year, too. USCIS expect to lift the suspension in September 2018.

    1. No Premium Processing

      Here’s the official memo.


      1. Maybe

        how is scrutiny bad? and “hatred” is not towards the H1B visa but is with the fraudulent practices and fake candidates who manage to get the visa.

  3. Manoj

    I hope all applications from consultancies are heavily scrutinized. It’s not fair for highly skilled workers who apply for h1b legitimately to not get the visa.

  4. Naveen

    Hey guys, Was reading some of the comments in here.
    Do people actually spend money out of their hand to get h1B?
    I thought the firm was supposed to sponsor?

    1. Maybe

      Naveen, employer is supposed to sponsor the H1B. paying for h1b is illegal and should be reported as a fraud. but you will come across many comments where ppl pay consultancies to file their visas. with recent updates, hopefully that thing will be scrutinized and such applications will be rejected.

        1. nasty 3rd time

          your comments were passed to USCIS on priority, this will be take in care this year, DO you have any more suggestions.

  5. Vinay


    I had a stamped h1b which expired 2017 December. i haven’t traveled to US even once.

    i have a new work requirement to travel US. Now do i have to go through the normal new h1b lottery procedure or is there any way where i can make use of the old stamped h1b.

    Kindly help me.

  6. Prem

    People in India are not realizing the level of scrutiny happens to the H1s here thru consultancies and Indian IT firms.. lots of people get rfe’s and denials.. rfe’s are issued at will.. yet it is sad to see people tend to go to consultancies withour realizing what is happening.

    Guys when you spend lakhs of your money with consultancies, atleast do some research on them.. else it’s complete waste of money.. most of them are fraud rings who won’t even apply or most likely will end up in denial. Hyderabad consultancies do these fraud things. Beware and apply only thru genuine employers

    1. consultant

      I think these guys consider those initial 3-4 lakhs as a gone money when trying this option. If they end up lucky, they can take that 4 lakh back in 1 month. Its pretty much like buying a lottery ticket these guys are doing.

    2. Tom

      I wish even more scrutiny happens to them. I’d love to see more and more denials, especially those who come through shady consultancies.

  7. Report the Fake

    Hello All! Please use this email id published on USCIS site to report all FAKE consultancies who are asking people to pay for visa and reducing the chances for uthe genuine applicants (Desi consultancies). I am fighting back and so should you!
    [email protected]

    1. mishika

      reported on TCS, CTS, infy, accenture, wipro, l&t infotech to [email protected], these are the body shops who abused h1b to the most. they laid fraud road and found all the loops holes to send the plumbers, carpenters, potters etc to US with software profile, last week I have seen a bus conductor( who sells tickets in bus) as a testing profile to the most reputed country. God bless America!!! funny he was a tcser and other uber driver was ctser.

      1. H1B Petitioner

        Good job mishika, tcs cts infosys wipro hcl techm etc are the real H1B scammers and they are already got denials… I am also going to report them..thanks

        1. Deya

          I think the system is flawed as it is lottery based. Let us not generalize. I am in a US based MNC and work with quite a few folks from some of the names you mentioned. To tell the truth, some of them are quite brilliant you know. Yeah, some are average too. So, let us not generalize.

          The moment we move to a merit based system, all the issues will be resolved. Then no matter which firm or consultancy one comes from, if you fit the bill you get in. If not, ur thrown out.

          1. Maybe

            that is correct. one should not generalize things, but there is a reason why these stereotypes exist. pointing out exceptions wont help either side. Also, changing things to merit based is quite difficult if you think about it. like, how would you quantify merit? based on degree, experience, university rankings?

      2. Hope

        The story which u narrated is interesting, particularly driver and conductor characters u created are really interesting and some fools are supporting you blindly since they hate that MNCs regardless what you stated.. This year all MNCs realized scrutinized happening.. They are doing Very less h1b’s based on experience level.. Hope this year very less applications will be submitted .. Total count might be 100k to 120k..

  8. TCS

    Hey Guys, anyone is from TCS here? I heard TCS is again filing 8k+ H1B applications this year. I have submitted my documents and waiting for the confirmation. Anyone in the same boat?

      1. Someone

        Check this below link, I hardly see 600 LCA’s for TCS applied this year. I may be overlooking something.



        1. H1bAspirant

          One strange thing that I noticed. I looked at few LCAs from 2017/2018 and they are all for amendment/change and not for new employment. This means that out of 1004 not all LCAs were not filed for new H1B applications.

    1. Depressed CTSer!!!


      Even i requested my manager to consider for this year CAP. But CTS does not do it this year for me. I am planning to apply thru Max Consultants Hyd. Dont know what happened to US as CTS being a genuine and No. 1 software company in the world, they should be allowed as many as H1b they need to apply. but not sure.

      1. Maybe

        “CTS being a genuine and No. 1 software company in the world” truer words have never been said before 😀 😀 😀 “they should be allowed as many as H1b they need to apply” why don’t you tweet this to Mr. President. Maybe he will consider your suggestion and create new visa category for CTS!!!

        1. Peter

          I had around 20 CTSers stationed in our open space for a month. By glancing on their screens I saw that what they did most of the time was:
          1. Read email
          2. Look at some spreadsheet
          3. Shop for deals on Amazon.
          Total waste of money for the company.

      2. heena

        I heard that CTS has a special permission to enter into US and after that they can apply for H1b if they want but until that they have to be on JF1AA visa, on this VISA they can even carry your neighbors colleagues and anyone you wish. Remeber only CTS has this option as they being genuine and no.1 software compny on this planet.

        best wishes dear CTSer

        CRazee LOL

    2. H1bAspirant

      One strange thing that I noticed. I looked at few LCAs from 2017/2018 and they are all for amendment/change and not for new employment. This means that out of 1004 not all LCAs were not filed for new H1B applications.

  9. h1 or greencard providars

    Hallo guys anyone advice for me for get an h1b or green card. –

    Hallo guys, i am from nagpur and want us h1 or green card. lottery help please. I do many system admin work as I studied pgdca with 87% Mark. How much expenditure to get h1 or green card lottery and who will send it to my address.please help.

    1. Kumar

      @h1 or greencard providars: H! visa filling time is over now. but if you want you can go for EB5 (Direct green card) as you have queried about the green card too. it will cost you 0.5 million to 1 million dollar (Expenditure in your term)

    1. Scared

      It’s now not safe to live in US https://www.google.com/amp/www.firstpost.com/world/anti-h1b-posters-plastered-in-the-heart-of-silicon-valley-train-network-bart-4395579.html/amp

      1. Really scary

        This is shocking!! This in one of the most progressive countries on earth??
        Looks like a lot of people support the anti-immigrant sentiment. Just hope that it does not result in any physical harm.
        I see US values going down every other day. The media isn’t helping either.

        1. Maybe

          It is not fair to judge US values based on a protest. If Indian applicants had some integrity for all these years and did not participate in fraud, it could have been a different picture.

        2. Peter

          US values are going down because US has allowed for millions of people that do not share these to come over without integrating. I takes 1-2 generations to melt into the melting pot. So Americans that understand these values are naturally against increased levels of immigration.

      1. Careful

        Most of body shops have already been reported, be careful they just want your money and know they can only get rejection this year.

      2. kruthika

        beware they are fraudsters, my cousin and his couple of friends are still working to claim their money back from 2016 filling, just an advise.

    2. Kumar

      Dude stay away from Desi Consultancies, Anyway time is over even though if you give them money now for filling, they can’t file your H1 in this short span of time, H1 window is open from 2’nd April to 6th April only. and fresh H1 filling takes lot of time due to the kgs in weight of documentation which is not possible in 10 days. So i am assure you they won’t file your visa if you give them money today.

    3. Eric - Reporter

      Just reported this company based on your search here. I provided this link as ref. Please note you should not apply, company should apply.
      Employee applying H1B is illegal Illegal illegal…..

  10. Kumar

    Guys, what happened only 186 comments so far. Last year by this time it was more than 1000 comments. Lets see how many get through the lottery this year. Numbers will be less as compared to last year. Filled h1 3’rd time in a row. Hopping will get this time

    1. Maybe

      hahah Kumar, I was wondering same. Looks like all Indian IT firms asked employees to stay away from blogs 😀 I expect less applications this year. Even I am applying third time in row !! all the best !!

  11. h1 green card providars

    Hallo guys, i am from nagpur and want us h1 or green card. lottery help please. I do many system admin work as I studied pgdca with 87% Mark. How much expenditure to get h1 or green card lottery and who will send it to my address.please help.

    1. h1b or h4 ead ?

      @h1 green card providers, i think you should be checking with tcs, cts, infy as i heard they hire people to send them here and train them during their travel, seems like you have a good experience”system admin work as I studied pgdca with 87% Mark”, you will be easily picked.

      unfortunately this years H1b will not work out, and green card is a process which comes after h1b, so be patient and get a job in one of these organizations.

  12. Mona

    People with 130 k plus salary n 13 yrs us experience r getting rejection so anyone who is trying to do new h1 or not with right credentials or not in right job profile will end up getting rf e n stamp of rejection on their Immigration status so only dumb ones r applying new h1 n will end up losing money or rejection stamp on their status…same with fake cases who got lucky all these years !!

    1. H1b Life

      Many are getting direct rejection without any RFE . Don’t apply for H1b , Even if the H1b is approved, you will get the visa till the project sow end date . Life in US will be horrible and hard with uncertainties . Visa extensions and approvals will be very difficult . Live your life peacefully rather than going behind the H1b .

      1. Mona

        Yes h1 extension of some people with very high salary n several yrs of us experience is getting denied.. Some had to go back n even had to sell houses at a big loss ..these were in us for 10 plus yes waiting for their gc…,… Had to pay money to bank as selling us house in short time will cause big loss of money or end up in foreclosure that will cause problems in any future visit or stay…imagine what will happen to most level 1 or 2 wage people when some level 4 wage people got h1 extension denied even with 140 approved

    1. H1bAspirant

      Even i heard the same from my cognizant friends. Cognizant is not extending the H1b visas of employees already in US. They are more inclined towards hiring GC/citizens as they are trying to become H1B non-dependent company. A H1B non-dependent company cannot have more than 15% of their employees on H1B. They will definitely not apply for more H1Bs this year.

    1. Mona

      Heard Indian IT companies r getting rf e n denials a lot these days even for people who have been here for long time with approved i-140…a friend told his cognizant frd got denial even though he was in U.S. For long …n was working with a big client…

      1. Mona

        Frd mentioned he was asked to leave asap by cogni n had to pay heavy fine for lease breakage, sell furniture etc in a very short time….some said h1 Dependent Companiez r getting More Rfe

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