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 ?

If you are going through the H1B process first time, it is good to learn some basics like cap, quota, LCA, etc. Click adjacent button

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 ?
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 !

Track your H1B Case

Anonymously Track your H1B Case - Share and Get updated from Community.

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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Comments ( 5,525 )

  1. phase

    Sevp portal updated on last Wednesday from 06/04/2018 to 09/30.
    AD-CA
    DSO generated a Updated i-20 i am able to see Receipt Number
    Still Receipt didn’t arrived in Mail.
    Any Suggestions

  2. Surya

    Received the receipt notice today from my Hr.
    Non-Ad CA
    Received date 04/12/2018
    Notice date 05/09/2018

    Good luck guys, hang on Non-Ad CA guys still have time till the month end according to my attorney

  3. INFY_4th_Timer

    Picked !!
    Visa status updated to “AcknowledgeFromUSCIS Received” in GICS
    Infosys Pune DC Ph2
    updated on 15 May

    1. Nonad 1st timer

      Not to discourage you. But please cross check once what kind of acknowledgement it is ? I heard we also get the acknowledgement for rejected cases as well. not sure. anyways hoping for the positive note and congratulations!!! 🙂

    2. InfyGivingUp

      Congrats! Finally first one from Infy. Anyone else you know made it?
      Does one receive an email as well for the status change or is it only in GICS?

      None of the folks whom I interact with have made it through.

    3. Infyxx

      Same status updated from Infosys Chennai Mcity
      Received Date 12-Apr-18
      WAC1815XXXXXX.
      Only updated in GloMo, no mails.

      1. InfyTimeUp

        Surprisingly I had called GICS in the afternoon and they mentioned that there are no updates for anyone and no acknowledgements for anyone.

    1. JV CTS Chennai

      Yesterday Surprise to see the Receipt number.. Finally got it…

      I will pray to god rest of the Associates..

        1. CTS_CHN

          Which acct? In which centre have they filed? What was the date printed on notice? Also at what time did u receive it? Pls share me these details for some hope

          1. CTSER

            As far as I know, CTS files most of its petitions in California service center and rarely at Vermont.

            Congrats to those who got their petitions selected in Lots and all the best for the Approvals.

            And for those who are not selected this year, don’t lose hopes you still have another chance next year!! (Note: I am also one hoping for a chance next year 🙂 )

  4. 4 th timer

    Finally got the good news today!!

    Been applying for H1B since 2015.

    I lost all hope this time and was looking into alternatives when my employer called to give me the good news

    Good luck to all those who are still waiting.

    Non AD – California

  5. pras

    Got new i20 with new reciept number
    sevp updated on 05/06
    still no reciept recieved in mail
    Stem Opt expires on 06/04
    AD-CA

    1. IamPartofThisGame

      Are you saying your sevp portal is not updated but when you requested for a new i20, you see a receipt number on your i20? I thought no sevp update=no changes reflect on i20

    2. IamPartofThisGame

      Disregard my comment m. Didn’t read your comment properly and got excited thinking that could be a possibility 😐

      1. pras

        sevp updated on 05/06 from end date 06/04 to 09/30
        DSO generated updated i20 then i am able to see receipt number
        waiting for receipt in mail.

      2. raj

        I think it’s still a possibility. For folks who’s date is not this year will never know if they got picked until they get the receipt letter. Keep the spirits up. God is watching and knows we are genuine.

  6. raj

    In 4/28 I had SEVP PORTAL updates
    1. Address was changed from lower case to upper case.
    2. Another random SEVIS
    Update.
    My opt doesn’t expire until next year. I am an AD candidate and still haven’t received any receipt to know if I was selected or not.
    Question is should I still keep hopes as “something” in my SEVP had changed 4/28?

    1. [email protected]

      To be very honest for the people who don’t need CAP-GAP, the only thing that I know that has sure shot turned into getting picked up is the update to the “Relation to Field”. If that’s the field that has an update on your SEVIS portal then yes there is very high chance you got picked.

  7. knight123

    Another empty day for me today 🙁 …… Congrats to all Non-ADs who got picked…

    Hopefully tomorrow will be THE DAY for me and for the others as well!

    Please pray for us too…. Thanks!

  8. Jayasiri

    Got the receipt today after a long wait . 4th time lucky . Can’t thank God enough for being kind this time!!
    Wish all the very best to all the genuine applicants !! God bless you all and may your wait also be over soon !!

    Non AD

  9. 1st timer

    Are checks still being cashed usually around this time? I’m getting updates on a daily basis regarding the check being cashed. That’s why I;m asking.

  10. Ad--waiting

    question for everyone here,

    If my application was not picked in AD Quota but was selected in the regular cap will it be considered as AD or Non-Ad? also if it’s picked under the regular cap, I will get receipt along with all other regular folks (non-ad) correct?

    1. Dude

      Brother for you have a US masters it doesn’t matter whether its gets picked in first 20k or the remaining 65k you will always be under AD. For the second question no one can really say for sure except USCIS. but after 20k receipts my guess is they come in mixed.

          1. edwardss

            Same here. I have bothered the attorneys last 2 years for no results. This time, with no SEVP updates, I don’t see any point in bothering them.

        1. SM

          last year AD last receipt ?
          3 weeks ago, when my attorney checked, my checks weren’t cashed. Mine are cashier checks, not very easy to check if they are cashed or not.

          1. AD-Waiting

            I mean from 2018 applications when did AD applicants stopped receiving updates. I was assuming we can track our timeline based on that.

  11. 5th Timer - Non- AD

    Wow Great News!!!

    Just got a mail from attorney that they have received receipt for my petition.

    5th attempt – Non-AD from India, my organization is based out of California so it’s WAC center

    Attorney has not shared receipt number yet, will put further details of the receipt once o have it handy!!

    All genuine applicants should deserve this time. All the best!!!

      1. 5th Timer - Non- AD

        I have verified the receipt number @USCIS case status portal and can see the same that petition has received ..

    1. h1nonad

      cheques has not been encashed till now no update from employee or attorney not even picking up calls and no reply for emails. if i asked them before 2 weeks they told me u have to wait till may end for the results. if we receive anything regarding ur case will update you . i didnt hear anything from them till now .
      Is there any hope that cheques will be encashing now .

  12. BlackPanther

    I am also Big 5 WITCH. wipro infy tcs cts hcl
    I am not heard any information from my company, HCL.
    Any one from Big 5 heard about receipting infrmation ?
    Thanking you

      1. BlackPanther

        they diddn’t abuse. They are using h1 to create jobs inside india and giving quality improvement for indian peooples living in india. It is their business model. simply dont be jealous.

        1. Mean Spirit

          These Wig 5 BITCH companies filed for more petitions than available slots in each of the last 4 years but they didn’t abuse the system. They filed visas for everyone who wanted without a concrete plan or project in place but they didn’t abuse the system. They send “highly skilled” people on minimum wage required for a job but they didn’t abuse the system.

          Salon soch to liya karo munh kholne se pahle.

          PS: I mistakenly swapped B with W in first line.

  13. Non AD - Big 4

    Happy to share that I received my receipt today.

    SeyFarth
    Big 4
    Bangalore
    Non AD
    Receipt Date – 2nd May 2018.

    1. jasd

      Hi,

      I have completed masters and on stem. This is my last chance and haven’t heard anything yet from employer regarding h1. I heard that by last week the list is complete. Does that mean that i should loose my hopes this year?

      1. Know It All

        there should not be comma after thanks in last line. Thanks should be with guys to make sense in that sentence.

        @AntiAviShek.. Just corrected your post.

    1. YouAreTearingMeApartH1B

      Immigration girl posted last week that they received the 1st RFE, by the end of the week, so definitely the adjudication process has started. I think it is still early to see many many approvals/RFE, though, since non-AD receipts are just starting to be received.

      I am waiting for approval too, California center. I guess the process will be similar to the receipts: 1st we will start seeing approvals and RFEs for AD applications, and later non-AD ones will flow. I guess…

    1. CTS_CHN

      not sure what is happening but no updates received yet. haven’t heard much from Chennai CTS. I’m also waiting to receive receipt#. post here if anybody received it.

    2. CTS_ Kol

      Non-Ad results have been delayed for some reason maybe .. I have not seen much Non- Ad updates anywhere .. Appreciate anybody updating on statuses with CTS …

    3. Vijay

      Wait for one week after data entry process is completed.. Number of petitions r too low in CTS compare to last year..

      1. One among you

        Thanks for the info Vino..Can you share, what time did you receive mail/mobile message from GM..any dates info ..please..

      2. CTS_CHN

        At what time have you received it? – from which acct? What was the date printed on receipt? Which centre? From Whom u got this confirmation and how?

  14. Praveen

    Has anyone got the receipt in Infy? This time, too few applications were filed.. Not sure why there is no update till now.. Looks like the chances are fading fast..

    1. PKumar

      Some people got their receipt number on Friday. I am still waiting. Not sure, if we will get as the last date for communication is 12-May as per his receipt.

  15. Lucky

    Non-AD, H4 to H1B first time …
    Today got notice of action (I797C) with receipt number (WAC181605XXXX) and Case type I539

    Not sure why receipt notice mailed to my address instead of my h1b sponsore!!!

    Received date: 04/20
    Notice date: 05/04
    California service center

    Good luck everyone, don’t lose hope!

    1. h1nonad

      am on h4 applied for h1. still waiting no response from my sponser they told like will share any update if we receive from uscis. I heard nothing

  16. Non AD

    Hi all,my application is picked in the lottery..Non Ad,Non usa degree but having L1B..today got the confirmation from the employer ..thank you all for the valuable information

  17. Non AD

    Hi all,my application is picked in the lottery..Non Ad,Non usa degree but having L1B..today got the confirmation from the employer ..thank you Emily for the valuable information and others .

    1. bayes

      I’ve received info from fragomen as well(via mail). However they didn’t mention case number. Did you have to specifically ask for the details of the receipt notice?

      1. a man

        From their email:
        >To view your receipt number, please navigate to the Documents tab of your Connect portal and view the “I-129 RECEIPT NOTICE” document # in your H-1B CAP case.

    2. tn123

      Fragomen just sent an email saying that my petition was filed in april 2nd ,,, not one single communication since then . Is that weird ? should I contact them ? thanks n adv and congrats !!! also NON AD

  18. Help report these people

    So apparently a list of student attending Harrisburg university and on CPT was put up with their id’s and their receipt number which university extracted from their sevis updates. Sad part is that there is like 70-100 people just in obe batch with multiple petitions and some have filed 4 petitons and whats worst is all of their petiton got picked.

    Is there a way to report these people. Only 1 application of theirs sound genuine rest is all desi consultancies. Just an example:

    EAC1814251807 EAC1814252150 EAC1814552181 beongs to the same person. This list is endless.

    People like gayathri commenting about multiple petitons are apparently not trolls which is sad.

    This is my 5th time non AD, single petiton every year and it just hurts to see these people do this kind of a scam and how the hell is luck favouring them.

    The above example , only 3 got selected but god knows how many this manic filed it could be 4 or 5 or even 10.

    I can report close to 100 people with multiple petitions (almost 214 slots got wasted) 214 careers got wasted. Boy this person better not cross path with me in his lifetime.

    1. FirstTimeAD

      No Worries dude, most of these applications will be rejected. USCIS already knows this kind of abuse, so considering future rejections they select 100K applications (5K extra from AD pool and 10K extra from regular pool). Non – AD system abuse is on even more wider scale and going on for many many years. Many Non – ADs with no offers apply H1B through consultancies, as you know Hyderabad is mecca of such applications. I hope all genuine candidates will be picked up in the lottery and hopefully trump administration will act on those abusers.

    2. H1breeze

      you could’ve not used the college name. you might risk everyone else’s chance attending the college by bringing up such issues with name. Name these culprits by all means.. but there are so many poor souls who are doing second masters because they were beaten by the system in the past. I think you might be in the same boat too.

      Dont risk everyone’s chances by naming the college – just give the receipt numbers of these frauds.

      1. Help report these people

        No man these people should not be here. Do you know these crazy maniacs are doing 2nd and 3rd masters from this university. There was one guy during the introduction in one of the class he said this is his 5th masters.

        Bro cpt with 1st masters is good. These people should not be a part of this university and use CPT to bridge the gap between consecutive lotterries.

        They should be reported. Because of people like these even people with 1st masters and on CPT is getting a lot of heat and scrutiny.

        1. H1breeze

          so you are doing 1st masters with CPT.. do you even know the rules of the CPT… and you came from whatever country to HU for your masters and think you are the most qualified person to work on CPT and get H1B. Some of these people are from colleges like stanford, NYU and duke coming there for second masters due to being failed by the lottery system and you think you are more genuine than they are?
          I agreed to your point about frauds filing multiple cases but you are coming to study and working on CPT from day1 shows me that 1. you are not good enough to get into a decent college 2. you are misusing the system yourself by working from day 1 when you are not allowed to during your first year

        2. Mean Spirit

          This is your 5th attempt but you are questioning those with may be a 2nd attempt just because they are doing 2nd masters? I paid 100k+ for my MBA from a top college but I should leave immediately after 1st failed attempt at the lottery. all non-STEM students get only 1 year on OPT but they should pack the bags and leave but you….but you sir should get 5th attempts and more. God willing you will get 10 more attempts before you are selected.

          1. AD_FinalAttempt

            @Mean Spirit I can feel your pain. Me and my friend who is a Cornell scholarship PhD candidate , in final attempt this year. I know there should be other means.

    3. PK2606

      @Help report these people I agree. I know personally people who filed multiple applications even last year. Got picked up, received RFE, cleared that, moved to job which got picked and now are working on H1b. genuine candidates lost the slot and an honest application.

  19. Ad--waiting

    Ad–last attempt still waiting.

    just saw this on the portal SEVP will perform maintenance to the SEVP Portal environment on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. EST until Monday, May 14, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. EST”

  20. Vinu

    Hi,

    I applied 2 applications from different companies . One H1B petition picked in lottery, waiting for another (2 more weeks to end).
    Check cashed : 12-04-2018
    Receipt Notice : 02-05-2018
    Non-Ad
    CA

      1. Vinu

        Im not rich, i have talent so 2 companies applied with taking any money from me. H1b visa picked based on lottery(means luck ) not by talent. how come talent will be picked by lottery ?

        1. Tumhare Pitaji

          You do realize that’s illegal right? The company is supposed to pay for all of the visa processing fee and not the candidate himself.

    1. Detective Munshi

      Check got cashed on sunday may 13th or your employer informed you today ? Why is your employer active on sunday ? Why are you active on sunday ?

  21. H1pending

    H1pending
    Hey guys,
    I am AD, and my employer told me on 7th that my case was picked in the lottery and was waiting for the hard copy of receipt notice to come to him. I checked with my DSO on 12th (today) and it does not reflect any case number on Sevis portal.
    Has anyone faced a similar situation? Where your sevis was not updated for a week even though check was already encashed.?

    1. Synology

      It happened to me,
      I got my H1b approved on 4/24/2018 with i- 797B. No RFE
      When I called my DSO to check my sevis status, they said they did not see any change in Status.

  22. D*

    I am still not able to believe my eyes seeing my receipt notice uploaded in my immigration portal. This is my 3rd time but the confidence which I had this time was high and that got paid off. Be confident and still we can expect receipts for few more weeks.
    Non AD
    Vermont center
    3 rd Timer
    Big 4

    1. H1pending

      Hey guys,
      I am AD, and my employer told me on 7th that my case was picked in the lottery and was waiting for the hard copy of receipt notice to come to him. I checked with my DSO on 12th (today) and it does not reflect any case number on Sevis portal.
      Has anyone faced a similar situation? Where your sevis was not updated for a week even though check was already encashed.?

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