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H1B Visa 2019 – Lottery Predictions ? Fee, Quota, News & FAQs

We will look at the 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

Update  : H1B 2019, 2020 Seasons are over, H1B 2021 Season is the upcoming season. Read all details at H1B Visa 2021 – Start Date, Fee, Lottery, Registration – FAQs 

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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 TowardsAmount 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 FeeVaries 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 !

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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  1. https://www.myvisajobs.com/H1B-Visa/SearchLCA.aspx?Y=2017&O1=Employer&O2=JobTitle

    Renew Type – New Employment
    Status – Certified
    Calendar Year – 2017 – 2018

    Total LCA – 358038

    2017 Count = 199000

    Approximate 2018 Count :- 358,038- 199,000 = 159K

    So range would be around 160K – 175K

    Reply
    • Thanks, but none of my 3 tickets is for working in Northern Mariana Islands.

      I paid a lot for them, and they are for the mainland!

      Reply
      • Why did you have to pay for your H1B? Are not your employer supposed to pay for them? Or is your female brain not qualified enough to be sponsored in legal way?

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  2. As of April 11, 2017, there were 1086 comments on this article of last year.

    https://redbus2us.com/h1b-visa-2018/comment-page-6/#comments

    Derivation:
    total: 12499 comments
    Total 69 pages
    ~ 181 comments per page
    Last april 11th comment on page 6:
    181 * 6 = 1086

    Last year 199,000 petitions

    Comments to petitions: 183.24

    This year, 1854 comments (excluding current write up):

    therefore: 339,729 petitions.

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  3. Q. We all know that USCIS prohibited an employer to do multiple filings and a supposed rejection should happen to such applications, but did filing through different employers, like one person on this forum has done, is that also liable for rejection or will these applications be alright?

    Reply
    • Only if they are related in some way..

      Say working with one IT consultant and applying with another for the same client or with same parent company or same stakeholders.

      However, say you have an offer with amazon/google and file a second one with desi consultancy, nothing will be done..

      I wish they had better controls in place to recognize such fraudulent petitions too.

      Reply
      • https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/new-e-verifygov-website-user-friendly-source-verify-employment-eligibility

        ok.. lets wait for a week … to do.. what these people are saying.. atlease they don’t get one job in indi…. here easy to get opt and job with direct client.. and the pillars who made u they will be also genuine.. sooo STFU shit wondering

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    • Theoretically, if filing for unrelated positions and unrelated companies, you should be fine.

      You might get an RFE to prove that both are different/not related. You might get rejected if there was an association and you were not aware of. The fact that they sent a memo just before filing says that they will scrutinize such cases closely this year.
      The memo demanding a client letter for third party work sites, makes it harder to file duplicates/game the system (Gayathri did it since she is wonderwoman).

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      • You are assuming that these consultancies already have projects lined up .. .that is not true. I know of people who paid for their h1bs and were shown to work on internal projects and were asked to find projects/jobs once they got the visa..

        Its a wide spread abuse of the system.. unfortunately genuine candidates like us suffer at the end..

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        • CTS is our vendor here and I see this happening a lot. They just file it and then start looking for projects for there resources.

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          • Exactly.. the only saving grace for companies like CTS is that they dont take money to file the visa unlike desi consultancies..

            At least i hope they dont.

        • Please see the below link. Such people are obviously going to face RFEs/rejections etc.

          https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-strengthens-protections-combat-h-1b-abuses

          From personal experience, some of my friends in such a position were scrambling to get the documents before the window closed.

          Reply
      • SO, you are pointing one finger to other’s and pointing three finger’s to you.. for your survivalist.. atleast take care of you famly..

        Reply
  4. Slack link for the ppl who wanna get in.

    https://join.slack.com/t/h1b2019/shared_invite/enQtMzQzMjI1NDIxODI0LTk0MTQxZGY4Y2NlZGFhOTk0N2FlMzY3MjM2YzNmOWUxM2RmOTZmZDgzMzY3N2M0YWQ1ZmRkYzE3ODVjZWNmY2E

    Reply
    • @BeStrong

      why is this soooo long.,

      Slack link for the ppl who wanna get in.

      https://join.slack.com/t/h1b2019/shared_invite/enQtMzQzMjI1NDIxODI0LTk0MTQxZGY4Y2NlZGFhOTk0N2FlMzY3MjM2YzNmOWUxM2RmOTZmZDgzMzY3N2M0Y

      Reply
    • Still cant get in.

      It says – This invite link is no longer active.
      Please check with the person who shared it with you to see if there’s a new link available.

      Can you generate a new link? Want to get into a serious discussion zone and filter out creeps like Gayathri

      Reply
  5. Capgemini FS BU Updates
    Anyone received the confirmation mail from immigration team regarding filing the application with USCIS?

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  6. https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-completes-h-1b-cap-random-selection-process-fy-2019

    Tuesday the news coming soon…stay tune 150k – 180k guess????

    Reply
  7. Don’t mean to be racist but
    I can see from the comments and the language all indians misbehaving on this blog. Shameful!

    Reply
    • That is not racist. It is stereotyping.
      It is also not true. Dont be so blind as to give all your attention to a handful of trolls and and thus loose the value and meaning that all the other indians give to your life.

      Reply
  8. Hope I find your petition in this stack, by using ip configuration finder and take the check out of your packet and will shred it and hope fully you will for sure bossadk, hope this helps, get well soon!!

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  9. Important information or trend of last years :-

    In 2014, ~124,000 petitions were received
    In 2015, ~172,500 petitions were received
    In 2016, ~233,000 petitions were received
    In 2017, ~236,000 petitions were received
    In 2018, ~199,000 petitions were received

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  10. Has anyone started receiving approvals ?
    I heard few AD guys received. When Non-AD will start receiving approval ?

    Thanks

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    • @DKBose, you should be hearing from tuesday of next week., give me a minute I will post this years serial # for WAC, EAC is yet to come

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        • we don’t have any numbers for EAC (ver) as of now but WAC(calif) will be pouringin in a while, you should be seeing IG commenting on this if she gets lucky., Calif wants to go first as verm(eac) is done for the day

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          • @USCIS Insider Why are you talking to yourself ? Are you alright ?

            Please, we need you to handle all petitions and approve. Get well soon.

    • @DKBose , Before releasing the approval or cashing cheques, I think USICS will release the number of petitions. Is this correct understanding.

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      • @Tiger_Zinda_Hai

        My understanding is you should go to jail for killing human first.
        Why you going jail for killing buck ?

        @USCIS Insider Do you have status update on Tiger’s approval timeline in jail ?

        Thank you,

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  11. ehttps://join.slack.com/t/h1b2019/shared_invite/enQtMzQxNDg0NDMzNjU0LWI0MTViZGEzNDZiZGMzMTBiNmYxMWNkMzQ0YTQ4YTI3NTdjOTZiMjFkNDExZTdmYmQ0YmU2ZTVkOWRiMjg1ODI

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  12. After Seeing diff news on this forum,Out of curiosity I just spoke to my attorney now
    He confirmed we need to wait till Friday for any check enchasment to start on

    So guys chill

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  13. On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American executive order to help reduce illegal immigration and preserve jobs for U.S. workers. To support these objectives, USCIS encourages all U.S. employers to verify all new hires through E-Verify.

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  14. Some people were asking about the slack invites.

    https://join.slack.com/t/h1b2019/shared_invite/enQtMzQzMjI1NDIxODI0LTk0MTQxZGY4Y2NlZGFhOTk0N2FlMzY3MjM2YzNmOWUxM2RmOTZmZDgzMzY3N2M0YWQ1ZmRkYzE3ODVjZWNmY2E

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  15. We are talking about H1b checks here – just to give you a perspective. STOP spreading rumors and get the hell out of here.

    Reply
  16. @Gayathri
    Please stop nonsense and get back to ur work
    I think u have applied H1b without any projects

    Don’t spread fake news in this time

    Reply
  17. this time the flooding of h1b’s petitions would be from h4 ead’s as the ead is going to be ended and many spouses who are now employed will go jobless, to save their jobs they would be filing H1b’s, i see their number would be more compared to that of any one else., Any ideas on that ??

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  18. For a Non AD applicant, what is generally the date that if your checks aren’t cashed by then its quite clear that he/she didn’t got picked in the lottery?

    Does anyone have an idea?

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  19. FYI..,just wanted to share this to all

    A colleague of mine working as FTE (for a top US company)and to a govt client on H1b
    company has applied extension for him and last week we got to know that his extension is denied and he had to leave

    He is genuine with real experience,also sponsored company and client is top most

    Donno On what basis USCIS is acting,coz I have seen few fake guys getting approved also

    Really,,this picture is scaring me a lot even though being genuine petitioner!!

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  20. FY18 Lottery and Results Timeline ** From Immigration Girl Website**

    April 3rd to April 7th – Accepted Applications

    April 11th – Lottery conducted

    April 13th – Emily reported 1st AD check was cashed

    April 17th – USCIS announcement that lottery was conducted
    Received 1st set of AD receipt notices
    April 18th – 4% of AD VT receipt notices received

    April 20th – 8% of AD VT receipt notices received

    April 21st – 13% of AD VT receipt notices received

    April 24th – 45% of AD VT receipt notices received

    April 27th – 47% of AD VT receipt notices received

    May 1st – 54% of AD VT receipt notices received

    May 4th – 55% of AD VT receipt notices received

    June 15th – Received 1st shipment of rejection notices

    July 10th – 77% of rejection case notices received

    Hope this gives you guys some kind of clarity what to expect this year.

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      • Created a new link which will be active for next 4 weeks (2000 person capacity)

        https://join.slack.com/t/h1bfy2019lottery/shared_invite/enQtMzQ0MzY5MzYwOTk0LTNlZGE5ODFkNDYwZDRkNGMyNmRhOTY2MzIzMDEzNmRhYjk0M2QxZjA4NjIwM2Q5NjQwNTVhOGY4ODdmNmZmMGI

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  21. Humble request to all – can we please keep focus of our discussion to the H1b and lottery process and avoid petty/useless discussion, racial slurs etc. If you have a lot of time in hand, please do something constructive. Unnecessary comments just take away so much from the real discussion here. Please respect time guys and keep it classy.

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  22. To get rid of this panic situation

    I am thinking to ping Emma and ask about latest news from them on lottery if any

    As we hv that option. “Need Help Ask Emma?” on USCIS site …we can utilise that provided ??

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  23. @All stop taking Gayathri’s name. I’m not saying what she is doing is right but you’re stunting overall women empowerment on this forum. Please say no to hate on the forum. Men or Women all are equal!

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    • @NehaDhoopia
      Wish she had said the last line she said…
      We all do respect women !! They do a lot of things in life that a man cannot even come close to doing it…
      But once you have grabbed the opportunity.. and you are on the pilot seat.. all it matters is your skills and passion towards the job.. not the gender !!

      Otherwise it’s no different than cast based preferences !!

      Reply

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