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 ( 7,910 )

  1. Curious Case

    Non-AD. Hadn’t heard back after the lottery so assuming that I’ll be receiving a rejected petition in the next few days/weeks.
    However, I noticed that there was a change made by SEVIS in my “relation to field” last week in the SEVP Portal. Any idea why that might be? I’d rather not get my hopes up.

    1. 1stTimer

      AD. I also noticed same SEVP update on July 3. But not sure what it is related to. May be for rejection also they are updating SEVP portal. Haven’t heard back anything yet. Did you get any udpate?

  2. Gayathri

    Does any one heard back from USCIS after your response to RFE.

    My Case Details:
    I responded back to RFE on June 19th 2018 and i have no update from them till now.
    Center: CSC

    1. Gayathri_Grammar_Corrected

      Does anyone hear back from USCIS after your response to RFE?

      My Case Details:
      I responded back to RFE on June 19th, 2018 and I have no update from them till now.
      Center: CSC

      Credits of course: AntiAviShek

          1. Kaveh

            I know a friend with Wage level 4 got RFE questioning his background on his h1b transfer and then got approved.
            Last year I got RFE with wage Level 3 for Computer System Analyst and I got declined. In RFE they asked me how my background in Industrial Engineering is related to programming.

            Of course it depends on what the officer is looking for. But I feel it’s completely random.

            This year I applied again hopping for better lock.

            I am AD – Second timer- Senior Analytics Engineer.

        1. ADLotteryPickedGuy

          Yeah, if the background is industrial engineering, then obviously for Programming related job you should get an RFE. You just got into that field because it pays more. This ain’t good man.

  3. h1bpicked( Need clarification)

    Hi Kumar,

    I have applied H1B through some consultancy from US and it got picked in lottery, online status shows Case was Received’, currently I’m working in India..this year most of the petitions falling under RFE’s not sure when it will clear ….now I’m thinking to change my job in Indian it self..for monitory benefit..can you please pass some suggestions, if i change my company in Indian ..will there any impact to my H1B petition..?is it safe to change company after h1b picked( Through US consultancy) in lottery…could you please shed some lights on it..

    1. Reply

      Your current employer might withdraw the petition once you quit. You would have to try lottery one more time next year as this lottery cannot be reused.

      1. ThodaAurWaitKarlo

        I wouldn’t compromise h1b for monitory benefits in India…

        Unless its a significant jump in salary and you really don’t aspire to be in US earning multiple folds of what you make in India currently.. dont know your compensation in India, but most commanly thats the case.

        Staying with current employer, coming to US and then switch in the US… i would personally do that….

        In case current employer withdraws the petition.. not only you loose your own chance but also someone else’s who might have got picked instead of you….

        1. 3rd Timer

          If you are not working for the company who sponsored your visa at the time of filing and now then it will not affect your visa approval process. However, if you are working for the same company at present who sponsored your visa then it is every chance that the company may withdraw the petition. If that happens then you have to go through the lottery all over again.

    2. AntiAviShek

      POST With Correct Grammar

      Hi Kumar,

      I have applied H1B through some consultancy from the US, and it got picked in the lottery, online status shows Case was Received’, currently I’m working in India. This year most of the petitions falling under RFE’s not sure when it will clear. Now I’m thinking to change my job in Indian itself. For the monitory benefit. Can you, please pass some suggestions, if I change my company in Indian will there any impact to my H1B petition..?is it safe to change company after h1b picked( Through US consultancy) in lottery…could you please shed some lights on it.

  4. H1bis mine

    Earlier I was happy my case has been transferred to WAC, but surprisingly this year Vermont processing times are faster. It is 1 week to 4 months on the other hand it is 2.5 months to 4.5 months at California SC. (Checked at usc is website)

    1. 3rd Timer

      H1B processing is random even though there are time lines listed in USCIS. If your case is still pending on September and the PP is open then that is better to upgrade and done with it.
      Having, said that wish you a good luck and all the best for your case approval.

    2. H1breeze

      wouldn’t rely too much on this information. Until last week it was showing up to 15 months for EAC. Sometimes a few outliers can affect these timelines and inflate these numbers.

      Frankly processing time in any of the centers is pretty random. In my company several students were hired for the same job profile from the same class/same school. Everything on the petitions was same including title, salary, education and experience but some got RFEs while other received direct approvals. probably duration and approval both depend on what kind of day the reviewer is having.

  5. FirstAttempt

    Hi,
    I am still waiting on my lottery result, is there any hope left?
    Anyone in the same boat?

    The best luck for everyone here!

    Thanks.

    1. Jake

      My lawyer said, if your checks aren’t cashed by now–It’s not selected in lottery. All we can do is wait for file to be returned.

      1. M

        Got approval today but with RFE of Specialized occupation. Got selected in lottery today. So much relieved. Good luck guys and i hope and pray the best for you all

          1. CTS_4thTimer

            Nope. I received it on May15th. Still waiting for approval. Some of my team mates got their receipt on April end. And one guy got RFE.

    1. s m

      I got my approval today. Received date: May 12th. Non-Ad from VT. Second attempt. US Bachelors, currently on STEM OPT.

  6. Leo

    Does anyone have issues tracking the case using Case Status? I have an account created in https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/, which seems to be accurate, but Case Status is still not pulling up my receipt. Should I be worried?

  7. MyAcctHistoryTabIssue

    USCIS My Account History Tab shows “We received your case” twice with the same information , same submited date, everything is same buy twice, two “Plus sign”. I am checking everyday, this happened today. Case Status tab have just single entry as always. Anyone noticed similar thing in History tab?

    1. HalfFry

      I see the same problem…

      I have bunch of other cases also in tracker… And I see duplicate status for all of them…

      Seems like they patched the system and something has gone wrong with it… Should be normal…

    2. stewart ramprasad

      yup same here, i see it twice… might be a glitch from the previous release in USCIS software updates.

      1. sri

        not a glitch.. It’s a month end activity.. may be over written for the coming months ..
        may also increase the priority (assuming)

  8. NoobH1

    Noob Question:

    I am on cap gap and I have got an RFE. So what happens if the RFE does not get cleared by October 1?

    1. FrustratedPerson

      I had a similar question so I did my research elsewhere and this is what i found

      You can legally stay in the country but you cannot officially work.

      See the link below and check the FAQ. I tried finding USCIS link but i don’t think they have mentioned the same info on USCIS. If any one finds, please post below

      https://iss.washington.edu/employment/h1b-extension/

    2. FrustratedPerson

      NoobDoob – please stop spreading false information or please state your source if you have. These are important and useful questions which help the community and when people like you spread baseless information it created hysteria and misinformation.

      1. NoobDoob

        Mr. frustrated person.. bring your frustration level down.. your cap gap extends only until sep 30… your F1 is done on that.. you can not work and you are on the clock to leave the country from next day. you can call uscis to confirm this or do some research instead of calling other names or accusing someone of spreading rumor and hysteria. Be informed.. and dont shout and blame others before knowing your subject.

        1. This Might Help

          A cap-gap extension is a regulatory provision which extends an eligible F-1 student’s status to bridge the gap between the end of F-1 status and start of H-1B status, thereby allowing the student to remain in the US during the “gap.” The cap-gap extension is available to students who, as of April 1st (the beginning of each fiscal year) were either on approved OPT or in their 60-day grace period and have a pending or approved change-of-status October 1st H-1B petition with the USCIS that was filed prior to the expiration of their OPT or 60-day grace period. Those filing for H-1B via consular processing (link is external) DO NOT qualify for the Cap-Gap Extension. You must confirm with your employer if the H-1B will be filed as a change-of status or via consular processing. You may be eligible for one of two cap-gap extension benefits:

          If the employer filed your H-1B (change-of-status) petition and it is received by USCIS prior to your post-completion OPT expiration date, you qualify for an extension of your OPT employment authorization.
          If the employer filed your H-1B (change-of-status) petition and it is received by USCIS after your post-completion OPT expires but during your 60 day grace period following OPT, your F-1 status and permission to remain in the US are extended but you are not eligible to work.

  9. Gaara

    Hi,

    Does anyone know if you get an automated email when the response to rfe is submitted after creating an account on the dhs website?

    Thanks.

  10. Non-Ad-4th timer

    Hi All.
    Based on the receipt number, is there any way to see the application filled-in and submitted to USCIS.

    1. editor
      Ram

      With receipt number its bit difficult as the USCIS website would always point to lottery date only. With receipt notice, you can get to know this!

      1. Non-Ad-4th timer

        Hi Ram. Thanks for your reply.
        Just to understand, the notice normally goes to the attorney, isn’t it?

  11. STEMOPT

    Did anybody receive any approvals from california center in last two weeks?
    Which month produces large number of approvals?
    Also, if somebody received their approval did they received notification from uscis account?

  12. Venkat

    H1B Approved, AD, Last chance (in CAP GAP status)

    Center: Vermont
    Received date: April 25
    Approved date: June 27,2018
    Position: Full time
    Wage: Level 2

    Got email from USCIS account, “we have taken Action on your case”

    Waiting to hear from employer!!

    I am feeling like, they may take quick actions on CAP GAP status petitions

    All the very best everyone!!!

  13. Gagantapiscenes

    I live in Irvine CA. I make 80000$ per year as a software engineer. Is it okay or should I change my job? I have 4 years of experience as a software engineer in .net

    1. SFO_dude

      Rand is making 200k.. he can give some to you.. with his attitude he wouldnt have a life or friends.. so its probably unused anyway..

      btw.. 4yrs in .Net should get you over 120k.

  14. Rand

    Sheez guys. I just got an RFE today stating that my pay stub doesn’t match the Wage Level listed on my LCA. I am highly surprised I got this RFE. Can anyone say if they got any RFE similar to mine? I did not apply for my STEM Extension since I got picked up in the lottery. Can someone throw some light on what I should do next?

    1. Rand

      This “Rand” is fake. I’m the real Rand, and I make $20K (not the $200k as I said before by mistake)

      Admin – given that I’m the original Rand, can you not delete my posts? Thanks!

    1. 3rd Timer

      you mean the lottery? or the post lottery approval? Lottery approval is very remote at this point. For post lottery approval, it will be approved till end of the year or even it will spill over to next year depends on the RFE.

  15. Peter

    Anybody got approval with the job code is JC 65. Is it true that we are seeing many RFE’s for this specific job code?

        1. RakhiSawant

          Admin is biased … Deleted my post.. had nothing abusive in my post…

          “HaveSomeSense” telling me to have sense is ok.. but me telling “HaveSomeSense” to back off without using anything abusive or defamatory language is not allowed…

          👏👏👏👏

  16. RFE

    Case was received on April 12th.
    Got an update on 6/22 online saying they Require More Evidence.
    On Monday 6/25 my lawyer confirmed that the RFE states that Page 1 of my LCA was missing in the documents but she says she did send it as she checked the copy of documents she sent to USCIS. She is resending it either ways. That was the only reason for the RFE (I checked the RFE document myself).

    Vermont Center, Doing my second Masters, Applied as CPT, Full Time Employee, Level 1 Wage.

    Lets hope they approve it 🙂

    1. Rand

      So…. you have 2 Master’s and only make Wage Level 1?!

      No wonder so many people are against the H1B program, so many wages are simply ridiculous

      I recently finished my only Master’s and have a WL4… There should be more people like me

      1. 3rd Timer

        Wage level is not depends on the education level but the position available. Almost all of the specialty occupation in US requires 4 year degree and not Masters or PHD as per DOL.

        1. Rand

          Exactly 3rd Timer, “Almost all of the specialty occupation in US requires 4 year degree”

          That’s why a recent undergrad should make WL 1 or 2. And someone with more education should make more.

          Glad you agree with me… 2 Masters+WL1=> Loser being abused…

          1. GaganTapiScenes

            I agree H1B should be allowed to be filed for a person with Wage Level 2 and above. The companies are just abusing it by giving Wage level 1 to Master’s candidates. This should STOP!!

          2. 3rd Timer

            Not really. If I am a hiring manager and the job requires 4 years deg, 2 years or less exp and someone applying with Masters and PhD with more than 4 years exp then I gladly takes the second guy. It’s supply and demand. However, for USCIS they determine the applications based on the position not the applicant. This is my observations based on last several years of H1 trends.

          3. Rand

            2 Possibilities:

            1. The position is undergrad entry-level and the guy is a loser for taking a low-wage job he is overqualified for
            2. The position is advanced and the LCA has a lower Wage Level in order to exploit the worker

            Either way the guy is a loser being abused

          4. 3rd Timer

            @Rand,

            Well, not everyone is a loser. For example check the below link,

            https://www.hindustantimes.com/india/phd-holders-among-23-lakh-applicants-for-peon-jobs-in-up/story-OqHzHbvo16gUN2DfTkfYlI.html

            So, when a suitable job is not available it is wise to take a job and move later once good position open up. However, everyone free to choose the decision as they see fit. Also, not many get WL4 jobs in their first job or just right out of the college. So, congrats for your achievement.

      2. RFE

        I am doing my second Masters from Harrisburg! Day 1 CPT. I started this while I was working at my company. I have been here for a couple of years now and did not get my H1B picked those years.

        The company I work for on a average pays less regardless if I am on H1B or a citizen. Wages also depend on location, position and company size. Anyways thanks for the concern. Best of luck with your WL4 🙂

      3. SM

        WL4 and recent grad.! Impressive.

        Your salary is WL4 based on what location? Some remote city?
        Are you full-time or one of those fake profiles?
        How much experience do you have? Do you own a company? Or are you one of CEO, COO, CTO?

        I am really curious how and why you are getting WL4.. Hmm.. I hope you don’t mind guiding us? Please 🙂

        1. Rand

          Sorry for calling you loser, this process is very stressful and makes me angry all the time

          I had 2 years of work experience before coming to the US to do my Master’s. I’m now on my first year OPT.

          I’m based in the bay area working for a large tech company (Full-time). I don’t work remotely. I don’t know the CEO of the company. I didn’t know anyone at my company before applying for a job

          I’m a mathematician/statistician.

          Good luck everybody, hopefully this will be over soon

          1. 3rd Timer

            @Rand,

            Cheers my friend. Wish you all the best and good luck in getting your approval and also for others who are waiting like you.

          2. curious

            Are you sure you have WL4 in bay area? that doesnt sound right for a fresh grad. I hope you are not comparing WL from another smaller part of california.

          3. Rand

            @curious,

            Yes I am sure, I checked the LCA myself. It is a WL4. I graduated with a full-merit scholarship from a top school in the country. And large tech companies in the bay area pay well

            Not all H1B’s are cheap labor you know. And some of us actually worked hard to get where we are, instead of trying to cheat the system like so many here

          4. SM

            You went through all of that and still you have such a bad attitude.. I pity you 🙁
            Good Luck. I hope you use you WL4 salary well. You should donate to poor people, you would know because you’ve been there.

          5. curious

            I am curious why admin deleted some of the posts here. there was nothing obscene, or derogatory to anybody. There were only arguments, which is technically still there.

            It was funny how Mr WL4’s ego was hurt and he replied with multiple posts. These posts also showed how big his ego was when he boasted about his $210k salary and scholarship and getting lottery in one attempt. But again nothing was offensive or against any religion, case, creed etc

            This was disappointing admin. Should have respected freedom of speech for those who didnt violate forum rules.

          6. curious

            and to top it all – all the posts where Mr WL4 called another person loser repeatedly are still here.

            Really Admin? what was the yardstick for deleting these posts?

      4. RAND_Ka_Baap

        Rand you don’t really understand wage levels in the LCA do you.
        1. If you consider the bay area in california, a level 1 wage would be around 95k- 115k
        2. If you go to the mid-west areas a level 1 wage would be around 50k -60k or so.
        3. A person making 110k in the bay area is probably doing better than a person making 72k in the midwest. Your logic is that because 72k in the midwest is wage level 3 so that is better than 110k in the silicon valley with a wage level 1.

        Secondly the LCA wage levels need not be the same as what the employee is actually paid. The employee might be paid higher than the LCA wage as level determined using federal databases like flc datacenter, which just determines the prevailing wage for that role in that area. Majority of the times the employees get paid far higher than that.

        1. Rand

          I understand how wage levels work

          1. WL depends on location and job
          2. Vast majority of H1B’s are paid WL1 or 2

          ” Majority of the times the employees get paid far higher than that.”
          I would argue the opposite is true. Considering the extreme level of corruption (fake in-house projects, wages being confiscated, workers paying for their petitions, benching without pay) I would guess most the employees are paid less.

          In my case, I’m paid a lot more than WL4 given my bonus and stock based compensation

      1. Abhishek Yesanta Venkata

        My H1B got approved today. Case updated on myaccount.uscis
        LEVEL 1 Wage.
        Day 1CPT. Second Masters.
        Vermont.
        Full Time.

    2. Anxious

      Hi RFE,

      Your case is giving me a tiny bit of hope. I am also on day 1 CPT at HU and have also received an RFE. My lawyer’s office said they will review it and get back to me about it today. Super nervous as I feel it is about CPT but lets see, maybe I will get lucky and it’s like yours.

      Thanks,

  17. Relieved&Grateful

    Non-AD currently on year 1 of undergraduate OPT:

    Receipt notice: 5/2/18
    Approval notice: 6/19/18 (My account) – attorney received it on 6/25/18
    Center: Vermont
    Wage Level: 1
    Title: Financial Analyst, All Other – Full Time

    I really appreciate all the information I got from this site – posting to share my journey and help others.

    1. Suresh Gaduga

      Processing time is showing as 14-15 months for Vermont center. However, you got it. Congratulations. My status right now is “Received on April 14th”. Waiting for my result

    1. Anna

      Applications not selected in the lottery have started to be returned.

      http://immigrationgirl.com/return-of-fy-2019-petitions-begins-for-unlucky-h-1b-visa-applicants/

  18. Addie

    Hi,
    I am Non-AD . I haven’t received receipt for my petition. But I am wondering if anyone received a rejection notice as of now?
    (I haven’t received my rejection notice yet – so I am still hoping for a miracle!!)

  19. H1B_RFEOrDeny

    Any non AD got approval notice so far? Curious to know the designation mentioned in LCA. Per the following news, lot of H1B is getting RFE / deny notice just because of designation “Computer System Analyst”.

    https://www.dexternights.com/2018/06/cognizant-facing-higher-visa-denials-for-computer-system-analyst-roles/

  20. H1B_WaitingForApproval

    Hi Experts,

    Just wanted to know the odds for the H1-B approval. B.Tech in Computer Science from India, 6 years of experience in IT and applied through Consultant.

    Thanks in advance!!

  21. H1B_WaitingForApproval

    Hi Experts,

    Just wanted to know the odds for the H1-B approval. B.Tech in Computer Science and applied through Consultant.

    Thanks in advance!!

  22. Visitingmycountry

    Hi Kumar,
    I currently live in the U.S. and am waiting for H1b approval (my petition got picked up on April 19th – AD). I would like to visit my country if I get the approval notice before the end of August. If I get the approval, what should I do once I visit my country? Do I need to make an appointment with the the US Embassy in my country and then get the H1b stamp? The official approval letter is needed? Thank you.

    1. Sam

      If you come back to the US after October 1st on H1B status, you needs to attend an interview at US embassy & YES, APPROVAL NOTICE IS REQUIRED FOR ANY VISA INTERVIEW. (what kind of the question is this?)

  23. H1B_TRANSFER_FROM_INDIA

    Hi Kumar and Friends, Need your help on thi urgently.

    Is it legal and possible to travel from INDIA to USA with H1B Transfer APPLICATION NUMBER and old VALID stamping? (While transfer process is progress)
    I mean in USA people are eleigible to work for new company when their H1B Transfer APPLICATION NUMBER is available. Please provide your opinion.

    Thanks in advance.

  24. Crossings fingers

    Hi
    What is the criteria for the approval? I am Engineering graduate from a non computer science branch and have more than 12+ years of experience in IT. Whether education qualification will have an impact on the approval process?

    1. h1baspirant

      If you are a B.Tech with non computer science degree, working for a consulting company, then chances of getting RFE is very high.

        1. AntiAviShek

          Yes. This is really bad, you do engineering in Electronics and Communications, and then just because there is more money in IT you switch over there and then hog the jobs over there. You’ll get RFE.

  25. H1B_TRANSFER_FROM_INDIA

    Dear Friends,

    Need your quick opnion. I have a stamped H1B VISA and I am still at India. I got offer from USA consulting company with MNC company as end client. Consulting comapny is going start my VISA transfer, mostly on Premium mode, Once Transfer is initiated a USCIS application number is generated, And I read with application number Candidate is eligble to work for new employer. Since I am at India,
    1) Am I eligible to travel with new Petition transfer (USCIS) Application number and old stamped VISA while transfer is in progress?
    2) If my transfer gets approved while I am in India (as case being Premium), Do I need to go for Stamping again with new Petition?

    Please help providing on this scenario and how people are travelling from India. Thanks in advance.

    1. H1B_TRANSFER_FROM_INDIA

      I had seen people who transfer their H1B over USA, when they come India for vacation, they will go for fresh stamping before they travel back to USA.
      Then why people say you can travel from India with old valiid stamping and new petition.

  26. Anonymous

    Any CTS folks got approval this year so far? https://www.dexternights.com/2018/06/cognizant-facing-higher-visa-denials-for-computer-system-analyst-roles/

  27. random_surfer

    After USCIS started issuing NOIR for multiple petitions, people have started to remove duplicate petitions.. seems like fraudsters are one step ahead of USCIS. there will be now only one approved petition.

    check this EAC1814352651

    1. Non AD

      Okay..
      1. Multiple Petitions means “different End client” ( one or more picked in the Lottery) right ?
      2. Duplicate petitions means “Same End client” ( these anyway USCIS remove before Lottery starts ) right?..

      Example given is related to Point 1 ?

  28. JustPopABeerAndRelax

    The numbers are for the bottle and not the beer inside. Once it is capped the expiry date and batch number is printed later !

    USCIS generates receipt numbers first and then processes applications using humans and not a for loop in a computer….

    Go grab a beer now…

    1. Beerlogic

      hold on!

      say you have 10 bottles – 1 through 10 and you give these to three workers X,Y,Z

      X: 1,2,3 , Y: 4,5,6, Z: 7,8,9,10

      Now lets talk about Z. In 10 days say he dispatched 2 bottles. Those will be 7 and 8 right? Or he is putting all bottles in a bowl and randomly picking 8 and 10 first?

      Should’ve had this convo over the beer!

      1. JustPopABeerAndRelaxItsFridayEve

        Join USCIS spend your whole life sorting 90k applications by hand… Stack them up and allocate those stacks sequentially to n employees… Force the employees to only work on applications in the sequence they received….

        It’s a bloody damn manual process…

        Let’s try another bar on the corner… They have good finger food… Let’s go ??

  29. WaitingForApproval

    USCIS petition process prder – I didnt see any sequence in the approving WAC receipt numbers. Few receipts have already been approved which are coming after my receipt numeric order. If its manual process, there should be an order. Waiting for the status.

    1. JustPopABeerAndRelaxItsFriday

      If you print numbers(sequentially) on 90000 bottles and distribute it amongst 200 workers to manually put a cap on each bottle and dispatch it… The dispatched bottles will loose the sequence…
      The sequence will be lost depending each person’s speed and how the bottles were distributed amongst those 200 workers….

      1. Beerlogic

        I am curious, how can your bottle remain open when bottle sequenced before and after you have been capped and dispatched? Those 200 workers must follow some sequence to cap the bottles.

  30. IUnderstand

    Not Sure what process uscis follows to process the cases(i mean the order),,, but lot of people are in the same boat…

    No need to keep checking status everyday as uscis account will notify u of any change….

    1. Hopeforthebest

      Yeah, I think you’re right… but I don’t know it kind of keep me Judy LOL … hope it will Come shortly !

    2. FrustratedPerson

      I would hope their system would inform me, but reading comments in this blog, it seems like not everyone gets the email/phone notification ..which kinda adds to the frustration and paranoia! haha

      Anyways its friday.. all we can do is chill and wait for the sundown 😀

        1. FrustratedPerson

          What can i do to get the next steps on my application moved faster? Am I missing something here.. ? thank you

          1. not frustrated person

            Yes you are missing the comprehension of statement that you wrote..

            “Anyways its friday.. all we can do is chill and wait for the sundown”

            So no – on fridays (or any other day) you can get a lot more accomplished! 🙂

            PS: hope this doesnt add to your frustration!

  31. FrustratedPerson

    WAC – AD
    Received date – 04/12
    Notice date – 04/23
    current status – case was received.

    Been following USCIS case tracker and MY USCIS since 2 months now! checking every morning, noon and evening!! No progress

    Anyone else with same stats got any news ??? I am really frustrated ..

    1. Rand

      I know of
      WAC AD Apr16 still waiting
      WAC AD Apr23 Approved
      I’m a WAC AD Apr25 and still waiting…

      Hopefully by the end of August we’ll get some action.

      Happy waiting!!!

      1. FrustratedPerson

        Thank you for the assurance! I cant wait till August !! i am on Cap-Gap my OPT already expired on May 31

        Dont know if I should secure admission to a new university or not!!

  32. 2ndTimerPragmatic

    Got approval notice today –
    AD, Vermont center, Wage level 2, Full time
    Got my pickup notice very late on 4th June with receipt notice date of 24th May but got the approval within 1 month. Finally I can relax now.

    Never loose hopes.

      1. 2ndTimerPragmatic

        I did get the pickup notice on 4th June as I said earlier which is very late compared to other folks who usually receive it in April but thankfully I got the approval in 15 days

  33. NON AD - Third time

    NON AD – Third time

    Just wanted to share this information.

    My employer told me today that i have cleared Lottery and petition is pending for approval.

    Be Positive

  34. NON-AD-Trying Since 2009

    Is Master Degree mandatory for the people who are trying for H1B from India location? One of my friend told me that with Bachelors degree its tough for the petition to get approved even with 10+ years of experience.

    If any one knows the information, please reply. Thanks in advance.

    1. change the friend

      you should change your friend. one he is giving wrong information and two he is adding to paranoia. relax and find a better friend!

  35. AD-EAC

    Lawyers received the approval notice yesterday but there is no update on the uscis case tracker page.

    Case received: 04/12
    Approval notice date: 06/12
    EAC, AD.

    1. 2ndTimerPragmatic

      No offense but those who receive that notice won’t come to this page to reply your question. Show some discretion and empathy

      1. H1nonAD

        @2ndTimerPragmatic -of course I did not expect anyone who are not selected to come over to this page and respond my question. It’s just a simple question if anyone heard any news about returned petitions even in their friends circle just to keep myself informed as am trying h1b for the 4th time waiting desperately to receive some updates – positive or negative.. there is nothing wrong I see in my question.. sorry if you feel if it’s offending..

        1. 2ndTimerPragmatic

          All the best buddy, I didn’t want to doubt your intentions and I feel sorry for what you have been going through. In first impression it may sound like it’s addressed to someone who got rejection notice. Any way I hope you receive the pick up notice soon

  36. IBM-US-StillNoUpdate

    Anyone from IBM-US got updates on their application? Mine was submitted through Fragomen, but haven’t heard back from anyone. There are also 3-4 friends with me who are still waiting for the update. Is there any hope?

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