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 you have missed FY 2019, you may be looking for next year filing. Are you planning for FY 2020 ?   Check out 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 !

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 ( 8,338 )

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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”

  7. Vinu


    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

      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 ?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.?

  10. PH

    Got the receipt notice today…
    Attorney: Seyfarth and Shaw
    Non -AD , 3rd timer, Vermont Center 🙂 … All the best everyone..keep hopes… stay strong 🙂

      1. PH

        I checked the Immstar portal and found receipt number updated there…I had mailed the attorney 2 days back asking for the status and they adviced to keep checking portal…do not wait for mail from them..u can check immstar dorectly

          1. PH


            You need to have username & password shared by Seyfarth & shaw

      1. H4H1

        This year 70% would be AD and only 30% would be Non-AD selected candidates.
        The ratio of AD selected this year 10 of 8 Applications. The Non-AD those who applied are less this year compared to previous year. The ratio of Non-AD selected this year 5 of 2 applications. So almost 80 % selected in lottery results are out. Remaining 20% to come next week.

          1. H4H1

            Yeah, yesterday my employer said me that my cheque has been en-chased and I’ll get the receipt next week.

          1. H4H1

            This year the ratio of AD applications selected more than 70% and Non-AD is around 30%. So that’s the reason I have kept 10 AD applied, in that 8 got selected vice versa.

  11. There is no late for any thing in the world .....

    bye ……….guys…… the game is over …………………………………………….we will meet —-again —-2019 for 2020….

      1. N*

        Edwardss -Did you get an update yet ?

        I am seriously hoping that you get it this year.

        I see you answering queries from others since 2 weeks now
        Thanks for doing that.

    1. Durga

      My hearty congratulations..! Could you please share the status from Online is it “Case Received” or “Case Approved”?
      Ideally, ideally notice date is not an approval, but I really love to see your approval status.

      Thank you

  12. MaAnandSheela

    Is check encashing and receiving receipt is two different events?

    Does the check encash first, and then notice will be sent, and the petition approval will be sent separately?

  13. Singh

    Got my receipt today from lawyer stating that my petition got picked up in H1B cap. 2nd Attempt. AD. Opt extension expiring May 2019. No SEVP portal update.

  14. 3rd attempt

    this is my 3rd attempt AD i was expecting this yeah at any cost but god is great he proved that im not eligible again

  15. Hopeforthebest

    Employer just send me my receipt. I was hopeless. I am so beyond thankful. Please keep faith, it will come for you !

    Non ad – non US degree
    ÇA Center
    Received date 04/12
    Notice date 05/05
    Hope it helps !

    1. Where is my H1?

      Any hopes for AD now?

      If not in AD pool, is there a hope for AD in regular lottery pool?

      Last time. Tensed……

      1. H4toH1

        I see you say you are non-AD. Can you share when the checks got en cashed and when your employer informed you about the receipt

  16. L1bToH1b

    3rd attempt, non-AD, single application through my employer only everytime. Got email from attorney’s office today that they received receipt notice. Good luck to all genuine candidates.

  17. Non-AD 3rd Timer


    I had a Question , Will the cheque get en-cashed first, only then our lawyer will receive a receipt? Or can the lawyer receive the receipt first too while your cheque isnt en-cashed yet?

    1. Superman

      The receipt notice acknowledges receipt of both the fees and the complete document (no missing signatures and no missing required evidence). So the check will be cashed before the receipt notice is issued.

  18. NoBS

    I was just notified that the Check got encashed on 8th. I haven’t heard anything from lawyer or DSO yet.

    Cali Non AD 3rd try.

    All the best guys!
    I guess Non Ads is just starting.

  19. ADLotteryPickedGuy

    Did anyone receive an approval notice from California Service Center? If yes, then could you please share first few digits of the receipt number?

  20. HD Kumarasamy

    Since most of the H1 are given to AD, I think this time there will be no crowd at US consulates @ India. Buy 1 and get one appointment free

        1. nonsen-AD

          OK exception for last attempt,, only Ad have this year lot of multiple petitions otherwise everyone got through :-()

          1. Bakch*d

            95K non-ad applications.. even if there was no AD application still everyone will not “got through” –
            common sense isn’t so common.

        1. Pathetic

          First, the EMPLOYERS must start point system within the company as to who qualify for an H1B application.
          Morons like you all who have opinions about who is more “deserving” would not even make the cut. Look at you guys, fighting on a forum because of your bad luck. Man up and think about backups.

  21. Siddaramaiah

    Two Major Advantage of issuing H1B to AD Than Non-AD

    1. American academic industry(kind of billion dollar industry) will continue to grow. Atleast don’t find any major down fall.

    2. Can cut short the OPT period (currently it’s abt a maximum of 3 years) by giving them H1B before utilizing the perk completely. Moreover its a kind of indirectly reducing the foreign worker.

  22. CTS_ Kol

    Still not much results for Non-Ad it seems, the results have been too few till now .. CTS any new receipt information from anyone .. TCS have also been very slow I heard not much updates …

  23. Hanish

    HELLO Everyone,
    I am stem opt which expires 06/18. but on may 9th authorize employment changed on sevp portal to 9/30. is this a good sign for me.
    please much needed suggestions.

    AD- last attempt

    1. Voron

      No to sound discouraging or anything but the real indication would be for you to receive the receipt. Try to contact you petition firm or attorney/lawyer to check whether they already received it. But, yeah, that is a good sign! Congratulations!

  24. B

    Can someone please explain why day 1 CPT is a bad option?

    First timer, non-AD, opt expiring July 2018

    My employer is ready to sponsor my green card or another H1B attempt next year so feel like day 1 CPT is my best option.

    1. H1breeze

      day 1 cpt is not correct option- specially for the people with same level of degree. so if you are doing a second masters its technically illegal for you to get another CPT.
      there were so many RFEs and rejections last year and this year too RFEs just started.. your GC application might be also jeopardized when they review you enrolled in a program for few months to extend your stay. they review very thoroughly during gc process.

      1. B

        Thanks for clarifying. This would be my first masters degree, I’ve never worked on CPT thus far.

        My company is willing to sponsor most of my tuition and I couldn’t afford it without working. Current role is Middle office on the trading floor of a big bank in NYC.

        Day 1 cpt still seems like a better option then giving up?

        1. H1breeze

          Question is which degree will be relevant for your current role? your job offer has to match your program to justify any CPT at all. the thing that is going for you is that it is your first master so the question of same level will not come in picture. but still being able to work from day 1 outside the campus will 100% be scrutinized and more so in subsequent years.

        2. PK2606

          Best option : Talk to lawyer. Its 100-150$ for 30 minutes but you will find it 100% worth. I have been in lot of see-saw with respect to this. You could ask people who have undertaken the option and got H1b approved if that helps.

      2. GTI MK7

        Wow dude, you want to make your life’s most important decisions based on the opinions of random people on the internet? Talk to an immigration attorney man, I’m certain that here people would simply pull out ‘facts’ from thin air. I wouldn’t base my decisions on crackpot theories that ‘they review it thoroughly during gc process’ or whatever.

    2. H1breeze

      also how can you start applying knowledge from day 1? CPT day 1 is misuse of the system and uscis is planning a crackdown. After RFEs and rejections last year, changes in law this year. Check the latest article on changes on IG

    3. Ad--waiting

      Day 1 CPT option isn’t bad if you do it the correct way, even i have enrolled myself for day 1 CPT now.

      I know people who got their H1B approved on day 1 CPT — even with RFE you will need to explain them how this decision is helping you learn and work.

      good luck !!

      1. H1breeze

        i know of people on day 1 cpt who have been approved as late as feb this year after RFE and people who have been outright rejected after RFE. almost everyone on day1 CPT had the RFE as well last year. you can check in your senior batch.

          1. H1breeze

            I am not asking anyone to packup and leave.. and who am i to ask anyone to do so anyways? I am sharing what i know about day 1 CPT here.

            You on the other hand are just being plain disrespectful. If you are so desperate you can do whatever you like.

          2. Edwardss

            Yes. I’m frankly surprised that this seems such an impossible option to your as an immigrant, you should be always prepared to leave.

            Anyway, if you wanna live illegally in the country, go ahead. Maybe go and pop out some kids too, so that they can get you some DACA protection.

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