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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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

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Comments ( 8,308 )

  1. anuki


    I got my H1 approved in 2017 valid until 2020 through EVC Model, Now for the same client i have changed location and applied for H1 Amendment which is in RFE now. Recently same Client asked me for Full time.

    1)Can i initiate H1 Transfer when H1 Amendment for location change is in processing?
    2) i told my Client that i would move only when H1 transfer is approved. is this ok?
    3) Also, should i notify my employer only after H1 transfer is completed?

    Please answer

    Thanks in advance

  2. krishna

    H1B Extension Filed (EVC Model)
    Filed on 7th January and got approved 11th January.

    Wage level 4
    US Master’s and PhD in Computer science.

  3. Agalya Maai


    I am travelling next week to US with H1B. I want to know what are all the documents required to get SSN number. I searched online & got confusion. Some say I94 form is required. Where I can get that?

    Please help me with list of documents to carry. Thanks in advance.

    1. Shree

      For SSN please carry copy of passport, visa & I-94 copy. If possible carry the offer letter(deputation) for the US transfer. I-94 will be available in https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home under ‘Get Most Recent I-94’. Data will be available here after your successful port of entry.

  4. H1Amendment


    Need your input on the below. Its an Amendment application. The application was submitted on 30th March, and until yesterday no action was taken. Today I got an alert that an action was taken on my case as below.


    Your Case Status: Initial Review

    On January 15, 2019, we transferred your Form I129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER, Receipt Number WAC1813xxxxxx, to another USCIS office. That office now has jurisdiction over your case. We sent you a notice that explains why we moved your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your notice by February 14, 2019, please go to www.uscis.gov/e-request to request a copy of the notice. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

    During this step, USCIS initiates the background checks of the applicant/petitioner and identifies issues that may need to be addressed either during an interview or by asking the applicant/petitioner to submit additional information or documentation. USCIS reviews the applicant’s/petitioner’s criminal history, determines if there are national security concerns that need to be addressed, and reviews the application/petition for fraud indicators. If you have filed an I-485, I-589, I-751, N-400, I-90, I-821, I-131 or I-765, you can expect to receive an appointment notice to appear at an Application Support Center to have your fingerprints and/or photographs taken. The timing of your appointment is determined by the number of applicants ahead of you that also need a biometric appointment. …………..

    Can someone pls advise what this means?

  5. h1b_RFE_help

    Hi folks,

    received RFE. query is regarding the SOW and the client letter.
    both my SOW and client letter mentions my organisation’s current role (Technology Lead). in LCA SOC Job title is mentioned as Computer System Analyst. whether Computer System Analyst should be mentioned in SOW and Client letter. any idea. please help

  6. HCL

    I just saw RFE for my case in mydhs account. I am from HCL. receipt date 12-May-2018, RFE date 14-Jan-2019. Not sure what they have asked. need to wait to get all information. WAC181685xxxx

  7. BrownWork

    Finally got the damn H1B approval today. It has been a long long wait, I know some of you might still be waiting. I hope you guys get the news soon.
    Below is the timeline for my application. hope it helps
    – April 2018 : application submitted (for Adv degree)
    – June : I-797C notice
    – Wait
    – Wait
    – Oct : RFE (Employer-employee relation and additional documents from my employer. My position is full-time with a medium sized gaming company)
    – December 5th 2018: Replied for RFE
    – Jan 14th 2019 – Approval notice recieved

    1. kool_321

      Congratulations !! Can you provide more details .. on your background and did you recieve the info from internal mail or USCIS site .. ?

  8. HelpNeeded

    Hi All,

    Please help me with my question.
    I have H1B with employer A.
    Employer A has a sub-contract with employer B.
    Employer B has a contract with client C.

    Who will be the client for A while filing H1B amendment B or C?

    Thanks in advance.

  9. NonAd - WAC - Approved

    Direct Approval without RFE – WAC1816150***
    Notice Date: 05-May-2018
    Approval Date: 11-Jan-2019

    ~9yrs of Exp in IT, Data Scientist!! Works for a very small organization and wage level would be 2 or 3 i guess!!

    Wish everyone all the Best and hope you all get approvals very soon!!

  10. indyarules

    I just saw RFE for my case in mydhs account. I am from HCL. receipt date 11-May-2018, RFE date 03-Jan-2019. Not sure what they have asked. need to wait to get all information. :(. Not sure if it again would take 6-8 months time. Can they also reject as the application too?

  11. First Time Applicant

    Hi Friends,

    I would like to confirm whether application can be transferred to Another employer after receiving the RFE?This is a first time H1B application.The current employer may not be able to provide the documents in responding to RFE.
    Thanks in advance.

  12. H1B Applicant

    Hi All,
    I need to get important clarification.Got RFE and my employer is struggling to provide the required documents requested by USCIS.Infact I recently came to know that they are not capable to provide all the documents.Now they said they are going to move out of the process.I need to know how my application will be considered.Withdrawn or Rejected?
    Will this have an impact on my next year new application if I apply for h1b in 2019?
    Please advise me.

    1. h1baspirant

      If your employer doesn’t respond within the given time frame, your application will be rejected. When you apply for H1b in 2019, you have to mention about rejection.

  13. 2nd timer

    I checked on DHS and it is showing approved will mail approval notice but USCIS status is still received.company Infy. Wac18165*****

    1. h1baspirant

      Don’t worry. I am also in same series. Mydhs showing “approved on Dec 14” and egov “received”. Received the approval notice on Jan 2 from attorney.

  14. IT-India

    Hi Friends,


    Has anyone from your company got approval yet?

    I am from one of the above company and in my circle of 9 known h1 lottery selected case, none has received any info since Lottery selected news.

    Thanks in advance

  15. Aditya

    My petition got approved today. Yet to know anything more on this. Company confirmed. My lottery select intimation date was on 1st June 2018.

  16. H1b-Did not lose hope

    Hello, Anybody with WAC1816*** series still have their status as “Case received” as on today with May-05th receipt date? Non-AD with 12 years IT exp in Fortune 100 companies and applying from India. Can admin help me understand how long it might take to get the approval or how long it might take to finish all H1b 20198-19 approvals?

      1. First_time_H1B_Applicant

        Check the DHS Website instead. Mine’s WAC18158*****: RFE on the DHS website, but it’s still shown as received in the USCIS website.

  17. falcon3748

    Hello Kumar,

    My h1b petition was approved till 1/15 and i94 is expiring on 1/25. My attorney waited till the last moment and sent the extension application today(1/8). I’m assuming the time to receive an acknowledgment receipt is 2-3 weeks, what are my options if I don’t get the receipt before my i-94 expires, is it safe to continue work with a FedEx delivery receipt?

    Thank you for your help!

  18. Veena

    Hi Saurab/Kumar,

    My case was approved on Nov-2017 and got approval for 3 years(till -2020 end). My sposored company ABC and Client XYZ doesn’t have much projects related to my skill(RPA& AI) during that time . Now we have and booked visa appointment next month.

    Please provide your suggestions for the below questions.

    1) What would be the best answer if VO asked about delay(1Yr 3M) for coming interview?

    2) i too have personal reason to fulfill the gap and can i say ?

    3) It will be any impact for visa approval ?

    4) They revised offer letter 80K will it be fine ?

    5) If something goes wrong , am I eligible for H1b CAP exempte with valid approved case / its required stamping as well for CAP exemption.

    Kindly provide your valuable tips and suggestions.

  19. Hopeforthebest

    Hi friends! Well yesterday I felt that it was the week of approvals… not for me it seams haha 😂🤷‍♀️! My employer told me that they received a RFE for My case last week in response to the inquiery that they did back in november. I am yet to receive the detail on what they asking, status online hasn’t changed yet. Feeling a little discouraged I have to say because it means more waiting and it means a potential denial as my case seams to not be strong enough … but it also means that I still have a chance and that they didn’t lost My application after all haha ! I will keep you posted ! Fingers crossed for your direct approvals !! Notice date : 5th of may WAC181615 Chemist – Bachelor degree (out of US)

  20. H1b Extension_2019

    @Admin kUmar- if you are aware any such scenario, please reply. I got my H1 for 3mnths and now applied extension in Premium and Today I recieved request for Initial Evidence.. Bit worried about current situation.. Anyone in Similar situation.. Please do Replyy

  21. H1b Extension_2019

    I applied for H1B extension, and today I recieved , Request for initial Evidence.. What does This mean? Anyone in similar situation. please do Reply

  22. Rick

    Hello Admin,

    My STEM expires in two weeks and I still have not received any update on my RFE response from USCIS. its been like 52 days today. From my knowledge I cannot work once my STEM expires, but can I still stay in USA without violating any rules. Please advice.

  23. Ss

    Even I didn’t receive last week. Usually I get every alternate Tuesdays with last action date as 26th June. But didn’t get it on 25th dec.

  24. H1BAwaiter

    Last week, Anyone received auto generated email stating “No action taken for your case” ? I used to get it every two weeks. I didnt receive it in the last week.

    1. H1B_NEW_BIE

      Received date 04-12-2018 in Egov USCIS and Received date 03-05-2018 in DHS site status” Case Received” and no updates till date, anyone is the same boat?

  25. Awaiting Results

    I got RFE about specialty occupation on 8-July-2018. We submitted the response on 30-September-2018. t’s more than 95 days any idea how long does it takes, for USCIS to respond my RFE response. Any idea?

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