H1B Visa 2019 Lottery Date Season Start and Predictions

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

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

Beginner - First Time H1B ?

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

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

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

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

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

Will there be Lottery for H1B 2019 season ? Lottery Predictions ? Filing Numbers ?
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 ( 5,826 )

  1. Take_It_easy

    Hi Friends,

    Need suggestion. As I have a stamped H1B VISA from a reputed Indian MNC, but I had to move out of company due to downsizing. What all option left for me to travel?
    1) Some Consultancy say as they conduct interview in India from actual client, once interview is throgh, they will get my client letter and initiate transfer process. The appication number for initating transfer process is enough to travel they say.
    2) Some comnsultancy say, they would initiate transfer without any actual client showing their own in-house project. But for this take around $4500. Once we land there , they will start marketing profile.
    3) The other consultant say, travel with previous VISA petitioner docs, Once we reach they initiate transfer process.

    Confused, need your suggestion.
    Any of you/your friends travelled transferring to other company from India?

    Thanks in advance

  2. Hemanth

    Iam following this site for the last 4 years without writing atleast one comment.

    I have dreamt of writing “I got selected in the lottery” but after this 4th unsuccesful attempt ,I felt like I have become old and decided to tell each and everyone ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR FUTURE and GOODBYE

    1. 5Th_timer

      I would say. Don’t give up. It was my 5th time and got selected this year. And just to let you know I just got to know yesterday that I was selected.

  3. The Dreamer

    Hello Guys
    Online Case Status is still showing that it does not recognize the receipt number entered.
    Received date: 04/12/2018
    Notice date: 04/26/2018
    Is this normal?

    1. Sushmita

      Yes. Also create an account on https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/, my case was just updated as case received. Then when i registed in the above account and added my case – it showed that it’s approved. Hope this helps!

      1. Sam

        Saw same behavior, the USCIS case status show as received but when you create an account and then add the WACxxx it showed case approved on May 8th
        Notice Date – April 16th
        Case Approved – May 8th
        Best of luck to everyone

          1. Karthikeyan

            Same for me, I got the Receipt number by mail on May 19, but so far getting the error “My Case Status does not recognize the receipt number entered.” in USCIS site

    2. 4thtimer

      Non-AD 4th attempt got through lottery. Got the email today, received date: 04/12 Notice date: 05/09, California center

    3. The Dreamer

      When I created an account. I found this

      April 26, 2018
      We received your case
      Read the notice we mailed you for more information about how we will process your case
      We will begin processing your case and will review it to make sure you have submitted all of the required information and documents. We will let you know if we need anything else from you.

      It seems to me it is still processing.

      1. abhi

        I got the receipt notice and same like you not able to check its status as I am getting error

        Validation Error(s)
        You must correct the following error(s) before proceeding:
        You are attempting to add a receipt number that does not exist in My Case Status. Please check your receipt number and try again.

        But I have the receipt copy. I tried adding that case after creating the account and still getting this error.

        Any other help ?

  4. I am Waiting!!

    As the data entry is also complete.. With your past experience, can u guys tell me how many more days I can sit with hope?
    Non-AD First Time

    1. NonAD

      Hi Non AD here, my lawyer told me my check is not cashed yesterday (US time 05/15). Does that mean I have no hope anymore since the data entry is completed?

  5. Non-AD

    I gave it up this time as my employer not told about check en-cashed, but today i got informed by employer HURRR selected, Non-AD VT I didn’t believe KOMN MUJERI SOJI NAGI Dhomina..

  6. AG

    Anyone whose OPT end date is before 09/30 and have got their receipts and/or checks cashed but no change in the SEVP end date to 09/30? My OPT end date is 07/02- no news from lawyer and employer and DSO will not give any details.

    1. southwest

      3rd and last attempt with STEM OPT expiring in Feb 2019. I have given up as well. Not sure what to do after Feb 2019. 🙁

  7. Lovetoall

    Do non-ADs still have a chance if the SEVP portal has not been updated? Has anyone gotten the receipt without SEVP being changed to 9/30? Thank you

  8. raghuram reddy

    I have visa tension and moderatar deleteing my posts. i will makeing a blog at future and blocking moderatars. then tell me how it is feeling.

  9. LostHope

    Any one get their receipt without having their SEVP or SEVIS from DSO updated? Or anyone have check not cashed. I feel all hope is lost, and it’s really sad because my OPT expires in June. Trying to think of other options but all seems so limited now.

      1. LostHope

        I know. I’ve been crying a lot. It’s so unfair especially when you think of all the hard work you’ve done in the past. I feel like the lottery based system is total crap and unjustified. Like why should they think it is ok for someone to build a career and end up leaving their chances up to lottery. I’m even more pissed than anything.

        1. Shrivi

          This is my 5th and last attempt..I lost hope. I am going back next week..cannot wait anymore…hope all the deserved ones get through the lottery..all the best

      1. CTS_2019

        Data entry is completed means USCIS has shared all receipts to employers. So some receipts are on the way to employers

  10. Anony - Non AD

    First time applied, got mail of lottery selection from employer 3 days back, did not check mail though :P… Checked today…

    Non-AD- First timer.


  11. Amu

    How to get a 13 digit receipt number if I have my own case number with me? or do we get the 13 digit receipt number only if the case is selected?

  12. [email protected]

    Finally got my receipt yesterday.

    1st Timer – Non-AD


    Feeling really lucky..

    My wishes to all genuine applicants that they get the response soon. Dont loose hope guys!! Your email might be a just an email send button click away \m/

    Thanks to the redbus portal and all the genuine discussions here..

      1. InfyGivingUp

        GICS says no updates and no acknowledgements which is unlike some of the posts that I saw earlier on this forum. Can someone confirm? Also, any changes on the portal regarding the dates/SLA etc? No changes in mine.

        No updates from the folks that I interact with.

        Close to Giving up…

        1. InfyWaiting

          Yes I see changes in SLA. Likely completion date for petition acknowledgment is updated to 16th May from 11th May and overall process end date is updated to 31 jan 2019 from 29th Jan 2019

          1. DJI

            My status has changed yesterday and is in RFE now. Hope it will turn out good. I guess from today on, there won’t be any updates on Infosys GICS website guys. Better luck next time. I know how it feels.

  13. 5Th_timer

    Finally got the news from employer that my application got selected in lottery. Non-AD. Waiting more info on receipt/check encashment dates etc. My best wishes to those who are waiting. And thanks to everyone for all the updates over the last few months.

  14. MLGal18

    Guys h1b picked, Non-AD. So glad it worked in my favor against all odds. Profile: Non-US PhD, 3yr US academic work experience. Data Scientist. My check cashed on April 12, Receipt notice sent to lawyer on May 9, Arrived in mail to lawyer today.

    Those who are still waiting don’t lose hope for at least next two weeks.

  15. H4-H1

    At-last Finally got the receipt from the employer Non-AD.

    Received Date : 04/12/2018
    Notice Date : 05/07/2018
    Centre : Vermont Service Center

    Thanks All, Next waiting for the approval.

  16. knight123

    It’s over….. 🙁

    I’m not positive anymore that I will receive a notification after data entry completion has been announced…

    Congrats to all NON-ADs (and ADs) that has been selected…

  17. Dude

    hey guys i am trying to wrap my head around thia data entry completion announcement. Any one knows what it actually means ? Does it mean the SEVIS is updated for all the selecetd 85K or does it mean the checks are cleared for 85 K or something else.

    Also are there people who might have received any update (receipt or sevp update etc) and the check is not yet cashed ?

    1. edwardss

      Check encashing has been completed. Not sure about SEVIS updation, but pretty certain that is done too. Your only hope is delayed postal mail.

          1. Durga

            in US, the check en-cash takes up to two business days depends on the bank. so there is a little hope for those application data entry completed today.

  18. WaitlistDataEntry

    As it is popular understanding that in addition to 85K, 15K applications are drawn for potential denials and withdrawals.

    So will the data-entry is also done for these 15K apps?
    When will these additional applications receive receipt?
    Anyone was in this boat last year?

      1. Dude

        Hi Edward – Can you explain what do you mean by that statement. Does that mean next year they will select 85K + remaining rejection from this year (i.e multiple petiton got selected for people, h1b denied, withdrawn )

        1. edwardss

          What it means is that they have sent out 85k+15k odd receipts. Any rejections in excess of 15k from these will be added in next year’s lottery.

          1. WaitlistDataEntry

            are you sure that receipts for additional 15k applications are also sent? that means they process checks for them too?

        1. edwardss

          At least you can continue working. For most of the rest of us on our last attempts, it is the end of our stay here.

    1. administrator

      Yes. USCIS does not really differentiate that these are buffer applications, they just process all of them normally.

  19. Sam Singh


    For those that didn’t get it, don’t loose hope until you receive rejection letter or return packet. And don’t worry too much, there is always next year! It took me 4 years, but finally selected in lotto. Jeeze!

  20. MS

    “USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions”

    Do we still have chance? – AD on last year of STEM OPT.
    My employer is fine with sending me to Canada. Which is the best option – Day 1 CPT in US or Work Permit (then to PR) in Canada?

  21. Meeb

    Received my notice today in the mail. Haven’t had a chance to look at it but let’s hope I don’t get an RFE! Non-AD – first timer in CA – Fragomen

    1. Leo

      Did they actually send out the mail with a copy of the receipt?

      I also filed through Fragomen, but just got the receipt number and no emails or mails.

  22. Non-AD H1B

    I just got my SEVP updated! I had no hope. For people who are still waiting, there is still hope!!

    No receipt yet.

    1. Arv

      Still waiting patiently for an update. AD last attempt. Stem OPT due to expire in July.

      Now that the data entry is completed and since there has not been a SEVP Update for me yet, does this mean its all but over?

    1. Sid

      Where is it on the USCIS website ? Please kindly do not spread rumors for fun. For you, it’s easy to just type but you need to understand that it impacts a lot of folks. Please be mature.

  23. AD-StemOPT

    Hi All,

    Are there any chances still to get receipt notice for AD people. Can we give up this time and try next attempt. Thanks!

  24. Sabharish

    Did anyone get an RFE? My company does not share RFE details so i want to know the various reasons one could get an RFE. I have done my masters in US and i am working for CTS at a client location. Any pointers will help me in my conversation with CTS folks.

    1. Aasman se gira khazoor(RFE) pe atka

      I got RFE yesterday,dont know to much detail about what document they need.I will check with my attorney today.


    Does USCIS send receipt notices company wise? I mean the employees selected in a company will be notified on the same day?

    1. Jesus

      Company wise, gender wise.. Ad wise and Country wise and Pointwise would be good… no that’s not they have time.. they will tell you when it’s completes data entry, after that wait for 3 weeks Max then that’s game over.

  26. Kaushik

    My Attorney has sent me the receipt. There is no update on SEVP portal even now. (OPT expires after Sept 30)

    1. Synology

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

      1. Synology

        Thank you “LastAttempt”

        Receipt I- 797C – Notice Date 4/13/2018
        Approval i797 B – Notice Date 4/24/2018

        1. 5th Timer - Non- AD

          Wow… That’s pretty fast approval you had.. just in 11 days!!!

          My receipt notice date is 05/05/2018.. hope we have the approval notice early 🙂

  27. OneOfTheIBMer

    2 from chennai team got in my account. its weirdthat their receipt number start with WAC. Client and ibm office is in east coast. last years receipt number start with EAC. any comment?

    1. CTSER

      If you read through USCIS news https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-completes-data-entry-fiscal-year-2019-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions

      The have mentioned “Additionally, USCIS may transfer some Form I-129 H-1B cap subject petitions between the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center to balance the distribution of cap cases”

      So could be internally @ uscis they could have swapped to California SC rather than Vermont.

  28. phase

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

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