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 ( 7,952 )

  1. Victor

    Since EAC is issuing so many RFEs, can we discuss what kind of RFEs everyone is getting? Can anyone share their experience?

    1. 2ndTimerPragmatic

      Got my pickup notice on 4th June, notice receipt date is 24th May. Not sure if you can still hope because I haven’t head anyone getting receipts since last week

      1. AnyOne

        Just curious, What is the difference between pickup notice and receipt date. Also It would be great if you could tell, When did you first heard about the notice.

  2. Urgent help

    Hello Every one, I know i writing out of topic but really i do not know where should i ask this question. i need help( urgent)
    I am filling DS-160 form and in form there is one section which has asked have you ever been issued US visa and asked about last visa issue details.
    I came in USA in F1 visa then i changed it to F2 ( in USA) then again O3 ( in USA ). Now I am again applying for F1 visa and I am a phd student. My question is about which VISA detail should i fill in the DS-160 form

      1. Bhakti Ka Bhakt

        You need to specify every single entry and exit and the corresponding Visa status you utilized while entering/staying in the US… better to be crystal clear should they find DS160 details inconsistent with the details they have…

  3. TinTin

    H1B Approved
    AD California, Full Time
    Initial notice date- April 12, 2018
    USCIS account notice date – April 19, 2018
    USCIS account approval notification – June 15, 2018
    Received official approval notice – Not yet
    Wage level- 1
    Received any email from USCIS to my email account?: Yes (something like ‘We’ve taken an action on your case’

        1. Mukesh

          For my case they have said they was awaiting results? Does that mean the status is still pending or non acceptance or should we wait till July?

          1. AccyH1B

            Go ahead with an alternative plan as there is very less chance to go through if not got the receipt till now..no offence but chances are very less

  4. indyarules

    Hi
    Can anyone tell me what does it mean ? Is it that my case went to RFE ? i checked this in my account (https://my.uscis.gov/account/applicant)

    “May 11, 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.”
    Thanks

    1. Ricky

      I dont think that it is RFE. This should be your initial status called “Case was Received”. Are you able to see your status here or validation error? https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/mycasestatus.do

      1. Indyarules

        Well I checked this out in my case status after creating id to know the latest update. I beleive its RFE since they mailed and process once they get require documents

        1. Ricky

          I dont think so. Did you get RFE notification from your employer? This reflects same status to me as well for the past 1.5 month. For RFE, status will appear as below. So, yours should be in initial stage.
          Request for Additional Evidence Was Mailed
          On June 11, 2018, we mailed a request for additional evidence for your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number EAC18XXXXXX. The request for evidence explains what we need from you. We will not take action on your case until we receive the evidence or the deadline to submit it expires. Please follow the instructions in the request for evidence. If you do not receive your request for additional evidence by July 11, 2018, please go to www.uscis.gov/e-request to request a copy. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

          1. indyarules

            Thanks Ricky. I would hope that whatever you said is correct but not sure internally i checked with my employer. (HCL) they said its RFE but yes i did not got any officially confirmation or any RFE notice. Any idea by when it or how much time it took to move ahead the status from the current status. Thanks for your inputs. appreciated.

          2. Ricky

            We have to wait.. Per last year status, some of my friends got approval in June, July and even in Sept too…

    2. h1nonadwaiting

      its not an RFE message says received your case . You can check check case history option for more information to track your case

  5. Ricky

    Ram or anyone, can you help on letting me know if the below service is fully functional in uscis my account?
    Case inactivity notifications
    We send you a case inactivity notification every 2 weeks if we have not taken a new action on your case

    1. editor
      Ram

      USCIS my account seems to be relatively newer site with loads of features evolving. So this could be under construction too. Have not tried this feature so far though!

  6. Confused

    What is considered as duplicate filing. If I have two petitions with different employers with different requirements, these should not be considered as duplicate filings right?

    1. CreateAccountToTrack

      Violating duplicate petitions are the ones where same beneficiary has multiple petitions with RELATED employers… and it violates the USCIS rule to further extent if job duties and skillsets are the same.. it simply makes easier for USCIS to derive those petitions as duplicates… here they see that the employer is gaming the system by flooding applications for the same job…

      Multiple petitions with isolated employers are multiple jobs available in the market… so technically they are 2 separate applications…
      employer A is not aware that person X is also applying through Employer B…

  7. Question

    Status – Case was approved in https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/ only. But, not in https://egov.uscis.gov.

    Could this be considered as H1B approved?

    Thanks

    1. CreateAccountToTrack

      Yes that’s correct, as long as you didn’t file multiple applications violating USCIS’s latest mandate on employee employer relationship(duplicate fillings with related employers) you should be good…

  8. CreateAccountToTrack

    To create account on my.uscis.gov/account they only ask for email address and mobile number(for security) which is NOT a proper key to tie to an application.. And there is no verification step when you add a case in your account that would tie your account to the case…

    So one can create account without any worries, I find the account details more precise since it gives you the actual date they sent the “Case Received” notification… on other hand on case status page most of us would see a mid April Date (that’s when USCIS finished lottery and listing of the selected petitions)

  9. Sai

    Hi Guys,

    Looks like my H-1B petition got approved. I can see the status change in https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/ only. But, not in https://egov.uscis.gov.

    Anyone on same boat? I am yet to receive the physical copy of approval notice.

    Receipt date : 13th April
    Approval date : 8th June
    EAC

  10. Non-ADJun14

    Hey !!! Are you people able to see the approval status as “WE APPROVED YOUR CASE” for your cases in USCIS website for who all have got their approvals till now ???

    1. Sam

      No, The USCIS Case Status still shows Case Received.
      MyUSCIS Account shows Case Approved
      Lawyer got the actual approval notice I-797 yesterday

  11. NON-AD-FirstTimer

    Hi All,
    I got selected in lottery and notice date in May 8th. My current status is CASE IS RECEIVED but i have got an update from the immigration team like the my case is in RFE status.
    Any idea how we can get a STEP BY STEP tracking of my H1B Case in any website?
    And also how much time it will take for my RFE to be cleared and what kind of update i will get after my case is approved. Working for MNC.

      1. NON-AD-FirstTimer

        That site tells a generic status that CASE IS RECEIVED. I wanted to know a step by step process updates. ANy leads??

        1. USCIS-Insider

          There’s no way to get a “step by step” tracking. We just don’t do that. We are exhausted with processing all the cases.

    1. Sharma

      It depends upon what is the RFE about?
      If they have asked for evidences pertaining to Speciality Occupation, Employer Employee relationship then it may take a while to get this cleared. In case you are going to work at client site, then more evidences will be required and USCIS will scrutinize the application in details. So your employer may take close to 70-80 days to reply that RFE and again USCIS may take anything between 2-3 months to share their decision. You will not get any notification. You can only check status online.

    2. editor
      Ram

      There is no other website apart from USCIS case status page to track the case status. Irony is now a days it is also not updated promptly for few cases. So better to get update from Attorney too.

      1. Ricky

        Ram, can you help on letting me know if the below service is fully functional in uscis my account?
        Case inactivity notifications
        We send you a case inactivity notification every 2 weeks if we have not taken a new action on your case

  12. Amen

    Reason I got this doubt is when I am creating an account it asks to provide the email id with a note saying “provide your email id if you are the one who is filling all online forms”, in my case its my attorney who does that….

    1. Ricky

      Admin / Experts – Can you confirm this? Are we not supposed to create online account?

      Reason I got this doubt is when I am creating an account it asks to provide the email id with a note saying “provide your email id if you are the one who is filling all online forms”, in my case its my attorney who does that….

  13. Akay

    Hi,
    I got my receipt on May 10 but when I enter my WAC in the USCIS site to check my case status it says cannot recognize the receipt number entered. Has it happened to anyone?

    1. Ricky

      Yes. It happened to me as well..its normal scenario.. Nothing to worry.. Pls create account in myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov to view your current status..

        1. Amen

          Hi Ricky

          Just want to know whether attorney also creates the account for a beneficiary on uscis to get the updates? If yes then can beneficiary also create an account? Won’t that be a duplication….

          1. Ricky

            Spoke to my friends.. we can create our own account in USCIS. It doesn’t impact the communication to attorney.

  14. 2ndTimeAD

    H1B Approved
    2nd Time AD California Center
    USCIS Account Notice date – 17 April
    Received Physical Copy – 24 April
    USCIS Account Approval notification – 30 May
    Received official approval notice – 6 June

      1. First timer

        Hi,

        Can we expect any more receipts in june end or now it is hopeless to wait?

        Can anyone give some information on this.

        Thanks

  15. Anonymous

    Today I inquired about my application status from the VISA team and they informed that they have started getting H1B drive status from attorney and they are yet to know about my status of application and will inform once they have it from attorneys.
    Does it mean that its in progress and still have a chance to get the receipt or have less chance to get through ?

    1. Plan

      It is too late now..but again if you are working for any MNC, you have to wait. They have a habit of not declaring the lottery results for some reason..Check with your Manager or his Manager to confirm

      1. Anonymous

        @Plan : Yes , I am working in Accenture (MNC) , also discussed with other colleagues who are also in same situation as me because employer has not disclosed anything as of now. Even the managers are not willing to share . Dont know behind the logic to not disclose lottery results 🙁 . Let see if at all we are lucky enough to be through … Thanks a lot for your reply.

        1. Moh maya

          typically the reason for withholding the information is to make sure you dont take any unnecessary action like quitting. Once you find out lottery is done – you may look for other jobs and in 3-4 months may be out. On the other hand by delaying this piece of information your manager makes sure you stay in your job for few more months in the hope of h1b. Then once you get the result (aug-sep), if you start looking and are ready to leave your job in 3-4 month – you are already around the start of next visa season. remember for most such MNc nominations are sent in Dec-Jan and process starts in feb. So you get the carrot again.
          ..
          and it continues!

    1. AD_IN THE DARK

      Hi every one,
      Answer to My question might bring in little hope for some -in-waiting..
      Question:In the history of H1B lottery , has anyone got approved without getting receipt notice first ( not knowing whether his/her case was picked up in lottery or not , becoz his sponsor did not confirm for some reason, but later got his petition approved).It might sound stupid/illogical , but still someone active/more experienced in this forum for long might have information/ comments. Thanks

  16. sevis question

    I cant access my SEVIS login. I was able to before I submitted an application for a sevis transfer to a new university? I tried to reset password (says that they cannot generate)

    What can i do now? does it mean anything?

          1. Sharma

            This is just the start of wait. My intention is to just take you guys closer to reality and not to discourage.
            If you have applied from any of the big MNC or any by any chance if you are going to work for a client, then 99 % of you all will get RFE. Once you get RFE, don’t get disheartened as majority of these RFE’s will be cleared.
            But this RFE process can easily take 5-7 months to get approval.

          2. Hopeforthebest

            For my case I am not into IT field nor working for MNC/client, I will be chemist in a small cosmetic company so Hopefully things will turn right shortly Without RFE! We’ll see 🙂

  17. No_Shame

    EAC1813750201

    On June 7, 2018, we mailed you a notice explaining our intent to revoke our earlier approval of your case, Receipt Number EAC1813750201. The notice explains what we will do. Please follow the instructions in the notice and submit any requested materials. If you do not receive your notice before June 21, 2018, please call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to…

    It seems they are revoking prior approvals. Probably because of duplicated applications. This explains why they still haven’t returned the petitions that were not selected in the lottery. They are going through everything (selected and not selected) to find fraud and deny them.

    Gayathri, keep on checking on status. You should be getting something like this soon…

      1. cheeku

        @Random_guy

        No_Shame did not file duplicate applications..he/she is referring to a case where they revoked because of multiple applications…..looks like all those dumbasse’s who have filed more than one application are scrwed BIGLYYYYYYYYYYYY

    1. No_Shame

      Just fyi, someone used python to pull data from USCIS website and found a lot of cases like this one.

      This is not my case, I’m a legit full-time applicant with wage level 4 working in the Bay Area.

      Everyone who submitted multiple applications and already got approval, should keep on checking for a possible revocation.

      Worst of luck for all the fraud and consultancies garbage!

      1. No_Shame

        Revoked receipt numbers will be wasted. They have already selected more than 85K in the lottery with the assumption that many will be denied

      1. Rand

        It’s a glitch sure, the system “accidentally” wrote about a lot petitions being revoked.

        LOL, I guess you’re free to believe in whatever makes you feel better

        1. WhatsTrue

          @Rand, googling it shows people faces same issue in last couple of years as well, attributed to system glitch. and yes, people always believe what they want to believe.

        2. WhatsTrue

          @Rand, unless there is a list of more receipts that got revoked how do we know its true and they were revoked due to multiple filing? Everyone is speculating here.

  18. Kannan

    Is anyone still facing this? https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus shows below error. But, https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/ shows my case was received.. Its been more than a month I received my receipt.

    Validation Error(s)
    You must correct the following error(s) before proceeding:

    My Case Status does not recognize the receipt number entered. Please check your receipt number and try again. If you need further assistance, please call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283.

  19. Venkat_wiproite

    hi,

    My company didnt recieve any update on my application as of now.

    will der be any chance for my application could have gone through, Please tell me

  20. H1 from canada

    Hello Kumar /3rd timer/saurabh or anyon, could you please answer this..

    I have approved 1797b h1 petition valid from Dec 2016 to Sep 2019. Till now I didn’t go for stamping. I’m now planning to use the petition and go for stamping.

    So, will I get full 6 years from now or I already lost the h1 time from Dec 2016 till now?
    How does the h1 clock work?

  21. Varsha

    Hi All,

    Please help me to respond to my RFE for Specialty Occupation. I know that each person job duties were unique. But for reference purpose, if someone help me to answer below questions. What points mainly we need to highlight to get this approved. Thank you.

    A. Brief Description of Your Job.
    B. Tools/Languages Used in Your Job.
    C. Detailed Job Duties.

  22. pizza

    Is there any chance for any H1B or legal immigration legislation to go thru the US Congress & become law in Summer/Fall of 2018 so as to be operational by April 2019 ? Seriously some drastic changes are needed. Something should happen before midterm elections.

    1. Dont want to get settle down in US

      Ha ha ha ha……changes required they should stop people from permanently settling down in US, finish your work and come back to India……

  23. POSITIVE

    Where should we check the case status.

    https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do

    OR

    https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/

    1. Hopeforthebest

      AD = advanced degree (master degree studied in US)
      Non – AD = master degree from other counties, and bachelor degree
      🙂

  24. 4thTimeH1B

    Hi Kumar,

    I have applied my H1B 2019 for Californica center but I have received EACxxxx receipt number instead of WACxxxxx receipt number , Is it Normal?

    Thanks

    1. Ricky

      I think, its fine as long as you hold valid receipt#. It may be transferred to different center depends on the volume of petitions at one center. This is my thought.

      1. 4thTimeH1B

        Yesterday I have received the receipt details from my employer.
        When I checked the status online in USCIS it shows that
        Received date – 4/12/2018
        Notice date – 5/08/2018

    2. administrator
      Kumar

      It should be fine. sometimes, they move cases. You can ask your employer to share the case receipt copy, so that you can confirm, if it is yours.

    1. Ricky

      Nice to hear!! Congrats. If you have created an account with uscis, Do we get any automated email if your case status is changed?

  25. AD_final_goodbyeUSA

    I have a friend who got his receipt at the end of June last year. Is it worth waiting for a receipt now? AD last attempt

    1. ADFirstTimer

      I guess at this juncture your chances are pretty slim (less than 1%). The late receipts are due to postal delays and chances are for such postal delays pretty slim. If your cheque is still not en-cashed then its almost over. I know it feels pretty bad to be in your shoes. I hope you to be in that 1% , best luck 🙂

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