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 !

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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.
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Comments ( 8,338 )

  1. TCS chennai

    Any update on lottery results from TCS chennai?? Also any idea on how the results are being communicated , this year..?? Started to loose hope..

      1. Non AD 2nd attempt

        I dont know the encashment details. My receipt says the notice date is May 1st but my attorney informed me just yesterday

  2. HART

    Status Update!!

    Receipt notice 4/13.
    SEVP changed 4/16
    Approved 05/15

    Good luck to those waiting.

    AD/1st Attempt/California Center

  3. 1st timer

    you checks still get cashed after data entry? according to the lawyer of the company that applied for me yes. But i’d like to hear from a second opinion.


    1. edwardss

      That seems incorrect to me. Data entry means that USCIS is done with their responsibilities and have sent out all the receipts they have.

  4. pras

    I am on Stem Opt expires on 06/04 And I got My Receipt last week. I got New I20 Updated with Cap-Gap 09/30/2018. I have few questions here.
    AD – CA
    1. Let say My case still shows pending by sep 30th what are my Options here to stay and work ?
    2. Let say if my case is rejected by sep 30. what are the other options here. Do i am like out of status. how does it work. Can I join college again after rejection.
    Please much needed Suggestions.

    1. MyAnswers

      Congratulation on your lottery results!!!

      I am also in same situation my STEM OPT ending on 06/30 i got receipt too. to your questions i have below answers

      1) Pending status- Your work permit is going to end on September 30, you should stop working after 30 if your status not approved. you will have 60 days grace period to stay in US but not to work with in grace period you can transfer your SEVIS to new univer. if your planning to go for Day -1 CPT to continue your work
      2) Rejected:- If your case rejected before September 30 you will have 10 days(you can work) period ** Until you receive rejection letter** after that your 60 days grace period will start(you cannot work)
      If your case rejected by USCIS by finding out some frad or illegal stay you wont even have grace period should leave the country immediately – this is the deal with CAP GAP period.

      Good Luck on your H1 B approval

      1. Pras

        Thank you for your comments and answers.
        Ok let say if it’s rejected before September 30. I will have 60 days if i plan to join day 1 cpt college right.

      2. edwardss

        USCIS won’t be happy if you try Day 1 CPT after Sep 30th. There are a number of cases where people have been rejected for that.

        1. Pras

          Edwards, i am not going to join college if its pending or in Rfe. I was thinking in case if it’s rejected. Anyways my company doesn’t have any denials from last five years. Hopefully this year too.

  5. Sam

    I have been told by my employer that my check has been en-cashed but I haven’t received my receipt notice yet. Can I expect it as the data entry has been finished? Or there are no chances? Looking for any inputs from you guys!! Help me!!

      1. Sam

        Thank you!! I received that message on 23rd April that the check is en-cashed and still no signs of receipt notice. That worries me. Can you tell me what might be the issue? Thanks!!

        1. H1bAspirant

          Whenever the check is encashed by USCIS after selection in lottery, they will put the receipt number starting with WAC/EAC on the back of the check. Ask your employer to confirm if receipt number is present. Check the status of receipt number on USCIS website.

    1. AD-Waiting

      Congrats!! Was your sevp updated prior to this or did you already have an update about the check encashment?

  6. Non AD first timer

    My check hasn’t been encashed till now but my employer says to wait for a week. Are there any chances now?

      1. OneFillingAsEveryoneShould

        My attorney didn’t share check encashment dates. I just got an email from them saying my case was picked and informing the case number

  7. Allhopesgone

    I haven’t got my receipt. This is my 5th attempt, AD. My OPT period is over. Right now I am on CPT which ends in Nov 2018. Any options left?



    I am on my last attempt H1B AD/CA and hoping to see my receipt notice. Can anyone who is very sure about confirm if the SEVP portal is updated as the data entry is complete yesterday.

    Also will SEVP updates be part of Data entry? I am very worried since I haven’t heard about my case.

        1. edwardss

          Data entry means that the receipts have been generated and sent. Now, the delay is upto the postal system. I would say max 1 week.

        1. Rqtn100

          I am not under cap gap so not eligible for SEVP update. Will have to check the notice for receipt date. Will let you guys know. My employer had emailed the receipt number

    1. ADFirstTimer

      DSO can confirm change of status by checking your SEVIS, if no change of status pending (even after completion of data entry) then its almost certain that you didn’t make it in this year’s lottery. I hope everything works out for you, all the best!!

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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 ?

  12. 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?

  13. 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..

  14. 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. 🙁

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.


  19. 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?

  20. [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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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…

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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?

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