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H1B Visa 2019 – Lottery Predictions ? Fee, Quota, News & FAQs

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

Update  : H1B 2019, 2020 Seasons are over, H1B 2021 Season is the upcoming season. Read all details at H1B Visa 2021 – Start Date, Fee, Lottery, Registration – FAQs 

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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 TowardsAmount 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 FeeVaries 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 !

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

You can bookmark this page and check this page for updates on H1B FY 2019 season.
Do you have any questions on next H1B 2019 season ?


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  1. AD final attempt Picked
    SEVP update on SEVIS RECORD 02 MAY
    CAP GAP Extended to 09/30.
    This might be the last week for AD’s.

      • My application reached USCIS on last day of deadline. I have the tracking number provided by my employer.

        If mine was picked in first 20K AD applications, I would have received the notice much earlier in APRIL.

        I guess it got picked in 2nd round.

        Also USCIS should assign some type of numbering for all petitions to conduct a lottery. Commonsense is, they will start assigning the numbers to applications as soon as they start coming. As my packet was reached on last day afternoon, it should be somewhere in last 5K or 10K applications.
        Also, I heard non ad people started getting receipts. So this should be the final week and chances might be slim after . This only a prediction.

        Hope this helps .!

        • The order of receipts doesn’t matter. USCIS collects all the applications in the first 5 days. I know people whose applications reached the last day and they got receipts a couple of weeks back.

          • I don’t agree with your conclusion ( you might be right, but doesn’t make sense in my opinion). No one knows how the lottery is conducted.

            If an AD application is sent on last day and the result that it got picked up comes in early april, it means that it got selected in 20K round.

            I’m sure USCIS should assign a TEMP SERIAL NO to all applications to conduct lottery as soon they arrive and keep a record of total numbers. I don’t see any other way. If someone knows more about this, i would appreciate if they share their views.

            As I have received mine yesterday, there are high chances that mine got picked in 2nd round.

            And coming to Non AD’s and AD’s , data entry for AD applications will be done first for almost all applications because lot of us will be in cap gap. Non ad’s have sufficient time as most of them will not fall in cap gap. Once USCIS completely done with AD’s data entry, they start non ad’s.

            Thank you.

        • I feel your H1 got picked in 1st round itself, if it was second round last day batch we would have heard my Non-ADs getting picked before you even had yours..

        • receipt number is assigned once the application is picked in lottery. Data entry, dispatching notice and processing happens in the order of receipt numbers.

          There may be delay in mails due to distance, backlogs, weekends and other factors that result in notices reaching to lawyers in different times. There are differences in processing depending upon which application requires more time to review etc but the order in which these are picked is always the receipt number.

          • I also agree with edwardss that time when your application reached USCIS doesnt matter. It could be the last to reach on friday evening but if it is the first one picked in the lottery you will get early notification as I described in the above comment.

          • One last clarification on this line- “There are differences in processing depending upon which application requires more time to review etc but the order in which these are picked is always the receipt number.”

            by picked in this line i mean picked for processing after data entry (not picked in lottery. )

  2. I know people are still getting receipts but does anyone know if all the sevis updates at university has been completed for AD? This was my last attempt and I checked with my DSO yesterday, no luck so far.

  3. Finally got the receipt this morning. This was my 4th attempt (AD) and the wait was crucifying. I had already almost given up on this year’s dream and was already making a list of backup options.

    For all those genuine candidates waiting for their receipts – good luck. AD or non-AD, I hope all of you get your visas pretty soon. If not for some fraudsters looking to abuse the system with multiple petitions, we all would have received our visas a long time ago.

    For now – peace out!

  4. So folks, some of you get a chance to still stay in the US, studying more or whatever if you’re not lucky this year. For many others it is probably H1-B or go home. What would be your move if you have to leave the US (or maybe are out already)? Would you go back home? Would you try to stay/enter the US through other ways? Would you try your luck in another random cool country? 🙂

  5. I guess H1 visa notice has been delayed due to CW-1 Cap Lottery. Last year CW-1 Cap was not lottery, and it finished after H1b visa notice, but this year it is. USCIS completed the process of CW-1 today. USCIS should have notified to both applicants in H1b and CW-1 at the same time. I guess that would be the reason the process got slow.

    Whatever reason, i am so frustrated now

  6. Got receipt from Fragomen today. Game is still on for ADs guys. I completely lost hope and kept my backup plans ready. Finally heard the new this morning . Big relief

    Final Attempt
    STEM OPT ending in July,
    No SEVP update
    CA center (WAC)

    Thanks for everyone of you here. I was actively reading all comments everyday
    Good luck for genuine applicants, You deserve it..!! Don’t loose hopes

    • Same same, waiting is killing me. But no one who applied that I know has received any updates (all non-ADs), so that makes me think we are ok. Immigration girl says in the site that AD applications are processed always 1st, no matter if they are picked in the 1st 20k round lottery or in the general 2nd round. So I guess as far as no non-ADs get news, there’s still hope for us.
      Also, some people is saying maybe this year USCIS is reviewing picked applications more closely before sending receipts, and maybe some picked applications are being rejected (for dupe’s and invalid applications) before receipts are sent? This could explain the delay. I think in general for AD applications this year is taking longer too, it’s just we see every day someone saying he/she got picked and he/she is AD and we think it’s going faster but in reality maybe in past years AD receipts would be done by now.

      I don’t know, I am just trying to convince myself we non-ADs will be ok, thinking for the best so I don’t go crazy, haha. Let’s see how it goes today.

      • Thank you for this. Somehow it lessens the pressure/stress that I am feeling day by day.. hopefully we all get good news very soon..

      • Even I have not heard any news from Non Ads …so stay positive and all d best .
        But sometimes we should leave the things to God’s will.
        He always has plans for us .
        Staying positive and waiting for the good news soon!!

  7. Received my final gem today.
    I am going to snap my fingers and cull half of h1b petitions that didn’t get selected. #Rip

  8. Stress buster on page 13 had some really funny and sad stories :d

    so another one –

    In what other walks of lives do you think H1b lottery system could be used..

    What if movie theater gave movie tickets by lottery to only selected candidates and informed them in 2 months 😛

    • He he.. next election in india.. what if PM is chosen based on lottery.

      Pappu and modi with same odds.. 😉

    • When you buy flight ticket to travel, the airlines will conduct a lottery process to select passengers.

      For ADs, you will be in the 50 first/business class quota.
      For un-selected ADs and Non-ADs , you will be in the 150 economy class quota.

      check-in process on the day of travel is the final approval process, you are likely to be refused to check-in if something wrong with your application.

      You can purchase multiple tickets, but if more than one tickets are selected in the lottery, you will be deplaned from the airplane during boarding.

    • looks like lottery for h1b policy was also chosen by a lottery system by USCIS.

      one day in USCIS office : should we go with merit based, point based or something random.. lets draw rocks and find out.. wohoooo lottery it is!!!

  9. pappu will be fun instead…
    may be we should’ve a lottery to shortlist and announce the results in 2-3 months…

    aadhe politicians toh anxiety se mar jayenge

  10. Immigration girl update for today: still only ADs. Auuuh, I am waiting for non-AD receipts like if there was no tomorrow, haha jeez

  11. Finally 1 of my 3 receipts arrived!! All the best to all genuine candidates with single petitions lol tumhare toh laggaye

  12. Hi All,

    This is my 3rd and final attempt. AD applicant. Immigration girl says that she has received receipts for 45% of her AD applications already. I would like to know if people are still receiving receipts for AD applications? Does anyone have knowledge what her stats signify? Typically, what would the % be at the end of this H1b season?


  13. First think you don’t have to give penny, includes travel exp.. second thing u can file or notice to uscis. gd lck

      • @Hope

        Yes, you have to know English. It’s the primary language used to communicate in the US. It looks like you don’t know it very well and rather than focusing on learning, you curse others who try to teach you or correct your errors.

    • lol.. you are programmer and we are pro grammar.

      you can hide all you want behind commands and keywords. If i had known you, i would’ve verified the quality of your programming skills as well.

  14. a friend of mine applied thought ACI INFOTECH last year (http://www.aciinfotech.com/) they collected 3.25 lakh saying training fee and her H1B got picked but there was a query and then it was rejected now they are not replying her what can be done ?

    For the rest to make sute they understand you:

    A friend of mine applied THROUGH ACI INFOTECH last year (http://www.aciinfotech.com/) .THEY collected 3.25 lakh FROM HER saying THAT ITS FOR training fees and her H1B got picked but there was a query (PROBLEM/RFE) and then it was rejected now they are not replying TO her. What can be done IN THIS SITUATION?

  15. hahaha Oshhhoooo!! *praying-hands* I love it, haha. A bit of laughing is definitely needed in this endless killing waiting game…

  16. Some people are so lame!! Asking simple questions!! Wish they had common sense. Unfortunately, these are the ppl who are getting picked up in the lottery.

  17. BC kitne chutiye bhare pade hain forum pe. Should i lose hope Should i lose hope.. abe jo karna hai karo.. log bol bol ke pareshan ho gaye ki non-ad baki hai abhi.. but nahi.. comment pe comment. sabse pooch ke hi karoge lose hope.. jao kone mein baithke kar lo lose hope

    uhar sala SEVP portal update hua ki nahi. sala opt wala banda hai ya nahi doesnt matter.. but gaand mein ghuske SEVP nikalwa lo

  18. Update on my applications. 2 receipts are received already with my lawyer. I am very happy. Finger crossed for visa approval soon.

  19. I am just a little bit confused what’s the significance of the notice date. Is it just merely a date that they sent your mail out?
    Ex. – What’s the difference between someone having the notice date and the received date as April12th versus someone having the notice date say 16th April and receive date as April 12th. Does that just indicate that the first guy was picked up sooner in the lottery and will be processed first than the other guy? Just curious.

    • notice date is the date when they would have mailed the letter out. i would ignore that april 12 thing. i am confused also but i am sure notice date is when they mailed it. losing my mind here when i will get mine.

    • April 12th is the date when the application was accepted in the service center post lottery. Those not selected in the lottery will receive rejections.

      April 16th is the date when data entry is complete for this selected petition and notice sent out to the employer/attorney.

      PS: Note rejections mentioned in the first para above is different from the denial that happen after review of selected petitions/RFE.

    • @ Detective Munshi
      Bhai receipt to aa gaya bas try kar raha hu ek estimation ki, kab tak processing chalu hoga. Sab bechne ka decision lena hai accordingly. haha! But teri baat to sahi hai, no use of the analysis. Joh hoga so hoga!!

  20. Hello guys from Slack. I know one of you is reading this.
    I was clearing out my Slack clutter and accidentally deleted myself from this channel rather than another one. Please send me the invite 🙂

  21. Just got receipt from attorney on May 1st 2018.
    Case received – April 12th
    Notice date – April 16th
    EAD valid till November 2019
    Please keep hope more receipt coming, all the best to genius candidates.

  22. Girlfriend: “Am I pretty or ugly?”
    Boyfriend: “You’re both.”
    Girlfriend: “What do you mean?”
    Boyfriend: “You’re pretty ugly.”

  23. My husband got receipt today. He is in AD category. This was my husband’s last attempt (3rd attempt). His OPT expires in early 2019. We were losing hope but just got email from his attorney this evening in which we received his receipt notice. Thanks to god!! I hope everyone gets relieved from this tension as soon as possible!!

      • No, we did not see any update on SEVP. His case was not subject to cap gap as his STEM-OPT extension expires in early 2019 so we were not even expecting any update on SEVP portal.
        Also, it took almost a week to receive the receipt from the notice date mentioned on the receipt notice. Since, all the receipts come by standard mail (which is slow), I would recommend people wait for 1-2 more weeks atleast before loosing hope.

  24. I just confirmed with my firm and they said that what they are receiving right now are ALL ADs.

    With that, there’s still a ray of hope indeed for us non-ADs… (fingers crossed)

  25. SEVP portal updated on 4/23. Obtained my case number from the cap-gap I-20 that DSO sent me. Tried tracking it online.. looks like USCIS sent out the receipt notice on 4/12 but the lawyers haven’t received it yet. I guess they will receive it sometime this week?

    Vermont center. AD.

  26. since the results already in computer, can I leave the country for business? I know I can’t leave until I know the result, is the result going to change if I leave?

    • Yes. You leaving the country will create disruption in the time-space continuum, which could ultimately change the result.

    • Assume you are picked in the lottery. Your departure prior to adjudication will NOT affect the approval, but the request for “change of status” is considered abandoned. So you will have to wait until you have the approval letter in order to apply for an H-1 visa at the consulate.

    • You can’t ..until you’ve got a status change from F-1 to H-1B. Otherwise your H-1B application will be considered void.
      I’m facing the same pressure to travel for business.

  27. I strongly sense this year, USCIS is weeding out duplicate petitions picked in lottery prior to sending out receipts. Probably why non-AD notifications haven’t started yet. Good for the system !

    • Not true. i know some frauds who filed multiple petitions and have received multiple receipts. I am hoping that these get rejected during approval process but USCIS is not weeding out any kind of duplicate application prior to sending receipts.

      • just to give an example – EAC1814152718, WAC1814752926, and WAC 1814952434 belong to one person who filed through multiple consultancies.

        • As you already know the numbers and the person why don’t you report it to USCIS for h1b fraud ? It will be beneficial to some genuine applicants!

        • Can you report this to USCIS. Folks like this guy are making it difficult for everyone and forcing administration to take extreme steps.

        • looks like USCIS has started rejecting duplicate receipts from same center. One of the WAC case here is giving validation error.

        • unfortunately i dont know the name of companies that have filed these petitions. h1babuse email requires that information.

          • Dude are you out of your mind. Don’t post personal information on forums. Do you know if those are from consultancies, he could be genuine and those petitions might be from 3 FT companies.

          • Two of you seem to be getting extra offended with this post. do these receipts belong to one of you and are now scared that someone might have reported these already? I know that I am doing it – thanks for bringing to my attention with your comment. It just came up in my feed.

        • Duplicate petitions rule is for petitions from same employer and for same position. USCIS allows you to work for multiple employers at the same time if you have approved H1B for both.

          • how naive are you? everyone here knows how people pay consultants to file multiple petitions. Also this might benefit you- paying an employer for visa fee is also illegal.

  28. Immigration girl just updated her site. Still 0% for non-ads.. im now loosing hope…

    ADs got 42% though…

    • THanks for the update. 42% for ADs? Considering that all AD lotteries are open (20,000) the maximum success rate should be 20000/95000 ~ 21% .

      How is Immi. girl saying 42%. Am i missing something here?

          • Better.. will point you to the right calculation..

            Go to page 8 of comments.. look for bob marley and 3rd timer – italy’s calculations.. both correct but differently nuanced.

          • Yes those calculations are correct. May be I was not clear. Until regular cap receipts are issued ADs are only getting receipts if they were selected in the AD lottery?

            i.e. 20000 total lots.

            Is this wrong assumption ( Are ADs getting receipts irrespective of AD/ Regular lottery selection? If yes then i concede).

          • Lottery is conducted on one day.. not on separate days. Then in the order of the picks USCIS sends out notifications. (you may notice that the receipts are sequenced. )

            Since AD are part of the first lottery, the receipt notifications always start with the AD, and when it crosses those 20,000 slots, they start sending mixed receipts for Ad and non-Ad from general 65000 slots.

    • Dont lose hope. Immigration girl had vast majority of AD applicants ( 80% or so by her own admission). Her Non-ad pool this year is very small and statistically may not be representative of a good sample.

  29. Completely non-Ad people are buried.. it’s time no lottery for non-AD professional exp guys who are giving half of tax and talent to develop.. hope gone..bye bye

  30. Hi,

    AD – 3rd Attempt.
    Still no update on SEVP portal. On stem OPT expiring on 08/20. Is the game over?

  31. I was surprised to know this blog/website, it’s like a real time chat room. I’m a first time non-ADer. Happy to see so many people in the same situation and even a guy was in lottery for six times. good luck to everyone.

    • Well, given no non-AD reporting updates at all, we should assume USCIS has been processing AD cases first. That’s one reason to not lose hope (yet).

      • Thanks Fellow Non AD,

        I just confirmed with my firm and they say what they are receiving right now are all ADs.

        With that, there’s still a ray of hope indeed for us non-ADs…

  32. I guess I can safely assume that its over for people with OPT ending before 9/30 2018. (If you haven’t seen an update till now)


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