H1B Visa 2019 Lottery Date Season Start and Predictions

We will look at the 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

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Update  : H1B 2019 Season is over, H1B 2020 Season started on April 1st, 2019.  If you have filed a petition or planning to file a petition this year in April 2019, you fall under H1B 2020 Season. Read all details at H1B Visa 2020 – Start Date, Fee, Lottery – FAQs 

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 ?
Update : USCIS had lottery for FY 2019 quota and received 190,098 petitions.
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 ? 
Update : USCIS Conducted Lottery for FY 2019 on April 11, 2018.
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

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Comments ( 8,703 )

  1. RNewH1

    Hi Kumar,

    Is our visa stamping depends on our duration of I797.
    I have valid I797 till 31dec19, does that mean i will get visa till that date only.
    What are my options to extend it.

  2. Question For Admin

    I am on H1B Visa. My fiancee uses only First Name and No Last Name. Please let me know if it is necessary for her to add a Last Name before marriage for a smooth approval of H1B Dependent Visa. Also suggest whether she can continue to use only First Name and if so what are the complexities that may arise in future in respect of H4EAD Visa.
    I am asking this because if she adds a Last Name now then it would be a lot of work to get it amended in different official document. Please suggest what is the best solution.

    1. FNU LNU issue

      I would definitely recommend to add last name because if she only apply Visa with one name it would be more complex here. On her Visa she might get FNU , or , LNU. Here FNU stands for first name unknown and LNU stand for Last Name unknown and now the mess starts. Her VISA will have FNU, , if she goes for her EAD it will be FNU, then comes SSN. At times SSN issue you an SSN number with just one name (system flaw because its mandatory to have 2 names on SSN (Last Name, First Name)) and then u have to make few visits to SSN office to get it fixed. Now you need a DL too which is not possible with 1 name. Ur DL will be with name as FNU, . All official docs will be with this stupid FNU, . On tope of it ppl will ask you how to pronounce ur first name (most funny part ). So get her proper first name and last name. I m telling you from my personal exp. I have faced all these issue here in USA and now regret I should have get it fixed before applying visa.

    2. FNU LNU issue

      I would definitely recommend to add last name because if she only apply Visa with one name it would be more complex here. On her Visa she might get FNU , or , LNU. Here FNU stands for first name unknown and LNU stand for Last Name unknown and now the mess starts. Her VISA will have FNU, , if she goes for her EAD it will be FNU, then comes SSN. At times SSN issue you an SSN number with just one name (system flaw because its mandatory to have 2 names on SSN (Last Name, First Name)) and then u have to make few visits to SSN office to get it fixed. Now you need a DL too which is not possible with 1 name. Ur DL will be with name as FNU, . All official docs will be with this stupid FNU, . On top of it ppl will ask you how to pronounce ur first name (most funny part ). So get her proper first name and last name. I m telling you from my personal exp. I have faced all these issue here in USA and now regret I should have get it fixed before applying visa.

  3. Sweet gal1

    Hi Kumar,

    I was on a J1 visa, successfully got a waiver and applied for H1B. I got picked in lottery ( Non -AD/ consular processing). Will this waiver trigger an RFE? Or issues during Visa stamping? Will the Consular Officer be aware of my waiver?

    Thanks!

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      In general, it should not be an issue. It is hard to guess the RFEs as it all depends on the case. There may be questions, you need to have justification for waiver and documentation to support the same. They maybe aware of it, we do not know how well the systems are connected…

  4. Brock

    Hi ,
    Please help on the below situation.
    I have got 221g blue slip in visa stamping interview on 19-March for administrative processing for expired SOW. Its almost 2.5 months still I didn’t get any updates. Is there any other to get the process complete soon or I need to wait for long time?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Unfortunately, all you can do is just wait. There is no SLA for the 221g. You may try emailing the consulate…

  5. H1 B got Denied with 214 b

    Hi Kumar,

    Had H1B interview in Chennai and VO gave 214b denail form and returned passport.

    So do I have option to reapply ?

    Also I heard 214b is applicable for B1/B2.. Is that true?

    Interview Questions were normal:
    Petitioner
    Client
    Client Invitation letter (Which I dint had)
    Designation
    Have you traveled any other countries before? – Ans : No

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Usually for H1B you usually get 221g. I am not sure, how you got 214(b)…H1B us a dual intent visa. Yes, 214(b) is given for B1 / B2. Could be a mistake. Read https://www.murthy.com/2012/07/24/murthy-success-story-improper-214b-visa-denial-reversed-h-4/

  6. h1-h4

    Kumar and all experienced members please provide your suggestion on my current situation.
    My H1B got picked last year in the lottery and got approved but the approval is till mid of 2019 . I haven’t did my H1B stamping from my current employer. I came to US on H4 on long leaves . If I get a job in USA what are the chances that I can get my H1B transferred successfully to the new employer?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      If you get a good role that fits your profile, and from a good company, it is pretty straightforward process and should not be very difficult.

  7. H1B_NEW_BIE

    Hi Kumar/All,

    Will USCIS verify both the Resume and Manager Letter for Specialty Occupation?

    Note : RFE submitted for Specialty Occupation

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Well, there are some system glitches at times, where some users mentioned so…but, very low though…Usually it says not found or name updated kind of errors.

  8. Brock

    Hi ,
    Please help on the below situation.
    I have got 221g blue slip in visa stamping interview on 19-March for administrative processing for expired SOW. Still I didn’t get any updates.
    1. Shall I change the company and use the same petition for different client?
    2. If my 221g decision is denied , shall I re-apply the same petition with proper document?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      You can apply for New H1B petition, if anything changes.
      Well, if it the same petition, probably not. You may not apply using the same petition because it was denied based on that petition.

  9. Piyush Agrawal

    Hi,

    I have a visa appointment at Chennai for Sept 3rd, 2019. I have filled my DS-160 form for Chennai. But I am getting a much earlier appointment in Delhi consulate, can I take US embassy appointment in Delhi instead of Chennai ?

    Regards,
    Piyush

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      You can take it at any consulate, there is no restriction as such…Just in case, if the visa officer asks, just be prepared to have a reason for the same.

  10. H1bTransfer

    Kumar,

    I came to US in March 2019 on H1b. Recently I got new offer from a Big company. So now I am planning to change my employer which requires H1b transfer. Could you please tell me is there any chances to get RFE/Rejection. Thanks In Advance.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      It is hard to guess the RFE/rejection rate. The success of a transfer depends on the job offer, your fitment to the role that they are applying for H1B, and the company you are applying with…

  11. Neel

    Hi,

    My H1 got picked in the lottery. I applied for Premium processing.
    My issue is, my current client is going through a merger and they are end dating my contract in July.
    Is there a chance my H1 will be approved by then? My employer said that i will be able to switch jobs only after my H1 is approved.

    Could you please suggest.
    Thank you.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Yes, if it is premium, you should be able to get it by then. Assuming you are on Cap gap, first extend your cap gap to Sept 30 with the receipt, if not done…

  12. 3rd Timer RFE

    Hi Kumar,

    I am working on a contract position at a client company. Now the client has offered me a full time regular position. My H1B is still in RFE. Hoping that it gets approved(fingers crossed) can I immediately look for H1B transfer and join the client company? Will the transfer go through a long process ? and is there any chance of denial during transfer ?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Everything depends on the position, how your role and profile matches to the position. If all is done right, there should be any issues. If it is your first time H1B, it is recommended to work on H1B for few days and get H1B status, before you transfer…

  13. H1B-Waiting

    Hi Infosyian,

    My file no : WACXXXXXXX 13 digit number was updated in the portal but I did not get any notification/email and status still pending acknowledgmentUSCIS in portal.. So I’m not sure my petition got selected..?? and Is that receipt number.

    Please any one help me on this..??

  14. G prashanth

    Hi Kumar,
    My h1-b application got picked in lottery. Plz tell me approximately how much time will it take for approval ?

  15. Sud

    My RFE response was received on May 9th .My initial application was in premium processing . it’s almost 12 days and no response till now. is it normal ? In Dhs site status got updated to premium processing clock started but no change after that

  16. Mr.Devireddy

    Hi Kumar,
    After long waiting, now I have received my H1B approvals with around 10 months of validity. Unfortunately, my current project was closed( for which Project my H1B was applied), now I need to get new project, so I don’t think so I can travel with in this 10 months period.

    My Question: If my H1B approval is expired and I want to try for H1B in the next year, do I need to go through H1B lottery process again? or Can I extend the expired H1B petition? If I can extend the petition, for how many years I can extend it?

    Thanks in advance for your response and efforts.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Well, you can extend, if you are with the same employer…But, for transfers, if you have never traveled to US on H1B, it is slightly grey area…In the past, it was fine and you used to considered as cap exempt….but in recent times, USCIS is questioning, if you had H1B status at least once for transfers. So, for new employer, you may have to go through lottery again…For extensions, it is usually up to 6 years…I suggest you discuss with your company’s attorney on the extension part without going through lottery as well to confirm.

  17. 3rd Timer RFE

    Hi Kumar,

    Its been a month and 10 days since I responded to RFE. There is no status update . I’m thinking of asking my employer to go for Premium processing. Heard when you shift to PP, chances of denial is more. Is this true? or should I patiently wait?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      No, it is not true. Just upgrading to PP will not increase your chances of denial, it is a misconception.

  18. H1BRFE_Change in Client

    Hi Kumar,
    Could you please clarify on the below.
    – My initial H1B Cap petition was submitted with ClientA details and location. The project contract ended this Feb and I moved to ClientB. Now I have received RFE. As per GIS team, they can file RFE response only for ClientA and Change of Client is not allowed legally during RFE response. Is this correct?
    – I have valid H4 Visa. Will H1B Denial/Rfe response not submitted impact my current H4 valid visa? I am hearing H1Denial will deny the H4 visa as it is the latest one. Is it so? Can I travel on H4 even if my H1B is denied?
    Can you please clarify asap which will be of great help

    1. 3rd Timer

      1. That’s correct. If you try to submit the documents related to Client A then that will lead to the rejection of the petition because the job is no longer available.
      –Alternative option is revoke the first petition and reapply again with Client B details if you still have an active i-94 if you are in US.

      2. I dont think so. H1B and H4 are two different visas. You still can use the other if any one them is rejected.

    2. administrator
      Kumar

      Yes, that’s correct.
      No, it will not impact it. You can travel on H4, even, if denied as long as your spouse is on H1B…I am assuming you were working on H4 EAD…

    1. Firsttimer

      There was one batch of reciepts on May 15th. Very few recieved as far i know. Could be recieving more batches over coming couple of weekends.

      1. H1B-Waiting

        My file no : WACXXXXXXX 13 digit number was updated in the portal but I did not get any notification/email and status still pending acknowledgmentUSCIS in portal.. So I’m not sure my petition got selected..?? and Is that receipt number

  19. Amar

    Hi there

    Need advice on my H1B applications that are picked into lottery. I filed 2 application from two different consultancy for same client. Got informed by both the company HR that my application picked up in lottery & they received receipt number last week & yesterday respectively.
    Now I am not sure what would happen to my case? Can you guide me how should I get one application withdrawn? I am worried if both would get rejected due to duplicate application?

    Thank you

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      If they are not duplicate petitions, you have the option to choose, whom to join when the H1B starts on Oct 1st.

    2. 3rd Timer

      It is touch and go I believe. As per this post, your case falls under scenario 3.
      https://redbus2us.com/uscis-h1b-duplicate-filing-multiple-petitions-new-rule-2018-whats-not-allowed

      From USCIS, (refer page 2)
      https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Laws/Memoranda/2018/2018-3-23-PM-602-0159-Matter-of-S-Inc-Adopted-Decision-Package.pdf

      –At this point you cant do anything except hope for the best.

    3. Shon

      You should be more worried about not getting both of your applications revoked by USCIS and being deported out of the country, with the consultant/s that filed your applications arrested for visa fraudulent…

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