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 ( 7,722 )

  1. [email protected]

    All, I haven’t read through all the comments yet regarding the SEVP Portal but I have something to share of my own. I just checked my own status and it shows that in the history tab I have two new entries from SEVIS on 04/13/2018 saying Employment Authorization. One of the dates have changed from 08/31/2018 to 09/30/2018, which basically mean my STEM Ext which was going to expire on 08/31/2018 has been extended in CAP GAP till 09/30/2018 which makes total sense. It is somewhat a good news but lets see if I get the receipt number anytime soon. What do you guys think?
    P.S. I am a third timer as well.

    1. [email protected]

      Also as a follow-up, I just noticed that my Active STEM has been adjusted to show CAP GAP in the Employment tab. Meaning my Active STEM dates are now from 09/01/2016 – 09/30/2018 instead of 09/01/2018 – 08/31/2018(how it was before). Hope this helps someone and also all the all the valid and true applications get selected this time, hopefully including mine.

          1. anxious

            Same here – 3rd timer lol

            Really hope it means good news for you! I’m noticing a trend; the few people who saw the update on SEVP and I chatted with all have a master’s degree. If someone here has seen the update on your SEVP and you don’t have a master’s degree, please share with us?! I guess knowing would help us figure out when to start packing the bags…

        1. San Diego gal

          Isn’t the site for the SEVP portal sevp.ice.gov/opt/? The site you mentioned I think is the official SEVIS interface to which students don’t have access.

  2. CTS_CHN

    Hi, Any idea when we shall get the notification from the GM team ? On the lottery results. hope we will have in batches. Last year it started from 27th April to 6th May.

  3. OneOftheIBMer

    Hi IBMERS,

    I received mail that H1B petition shipped on 30 March. and INSZoom Status is
    “Closed Closed Pending Adjudication”. So the question is Does IBM really filed my case or not?
    P.S. ->last year case is still open, last year fragomen filed and i recieved mail from them last year too. please reply ASAP..if they didn’t file I have to resignand go to CTS.

  4. NObs

    check en-cashment , COS Updates, receipt notices…. Start Tomorrow……. May the odds be in your favor…… All the Best H1 aspirants

  5. SEVPPortalStatus

    I find it surprising and shocking that all of the people that have received update to SEVP portal belong to first time OPT filers.

    Not a single STEM OPT has confirmed update to his SEVP portal.

    It is so sad.

    1. San Diego gal

      What if a student is on 12-month OPT ending e.g. in June 2018 but also has applied for STEM extension? In that case, would there be an update in SEVP portal extending current OPT to 09/30? Are there any cases like this who had an update? My STEM extension shows up as “FUTURE STEM” on SEVP portal, with start date in June 2018 and until June 2020. I wonder if my current OPT would be extended in SEVP portal if I were selected in the lottery.

      1. SEVPPortalStatus

        The ones that have had updates to SEVP are cases like yours.

        Since ones that posted had OPT expiring between June and August, I am sure they would have also applied for extension.

        1. San Diego gal

          I’m not sure about that. Not everyone is eligible to apply for STEM extension, and the person who posted a screenshot of their SEVP portal had not applied for STEM extension, since there was no “FUTURE STEM” entry on the screenshot.

          1. SEVPPortalStatus

            Looks like your case of STEM OPT was approved and you wouldn’t qualify for a cap gap because you have valid employment authorization beyond September.

            So, you are good. You will directly received a receipt if you were picked.

            Good luck !

    2. San Diego gal

      Actually my STEM extension has not been approved yet. I just submitted my application 2 weeks ago. It showed up as FUTURE STEM on SEVP portal as soon as the DSO entered the STEM OPT request in SEVIS.

  6. PV

    Passport Request – Email From Consulate

    Hi Guys,

    After waiting nearly for 1 year I got an email from embassy requesting me to submit the passport.

    H1 interview : 20/Apr/2017
    221(g) : Received Blue Slip
    Documents Requested : No
    Passport Collected : No
    Documents Collected : Client Letter

  7. Kumar

    Guys, Next 2 week is gonna be very crucial as after that USCIS will finish the data entry and chances will be very slim after that. Best of luck to all including me.

  8. BeStrong

    Based on number of LCAs filed for 2020, I predict no lottery for 2020.

    LCA filed so far for 2020 is 0.

    So, BeStrong like me guys.

  9. SEVPPortalStatus

    Only two or three people confirming SEVP status through student portal.

    Where are the others ?

    Anyone else have updates to the portal to cap-Gap status ?

    Has anyone on STEM OPT expiring June, seen status change in system ?

    Please respond.

      1. SEVPPortalStatus

        Couple of guys confirmed with screenshots regarding employment date extension to 9/30 on SEVP portal.

        But they are on initial OPT.

        Stem person haven’t confirmed.

        1. NoBS

          It’s not fake news.

          Check the comment section on
          https://redbus2us.com/uscis-news-h1b-2019-lottery-completed-190098-petitions-filed/

          1. sj

            Thanks. This what the guy (ASH) had posted. This is a good indication if your case has been selected in lottery. Lets hope for the best

            https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lCxzhBGeMxSuukmMlqrdfdAlBSkeRiYc/view

  10. 5th Timer

    This wait is killing… OMG 5th Timer here and feeling very desperate this time.

    Can’ t calm down even though Understanding the ground realtime that it’s all lottery and purely luck!!

          1. Read between the lines

            @Sri Harsha – You missed the point. It was sarcastic. Quite a few posts here are sarcastic. It’s quite entertaining when people actually take it seriously 😀

  11. ReeZee

    Ok guys.

    I don’t see any update to my SEVIS portal.

    I have officially begun to sell my possessions and plan for a job in India.

    Good luck to all you guys !

    And all the ones that filed Multiple petitions, Good luck to you too !

    Signing off,
    ReeZee

    Bye bye America !

    1. USCIS - Insider

      Lol the updates aren’t all going to be on the same day. It will keep happening until data entry is complete. You might have to buy new stuff again in a couple of months.

        1. USCIS - Insider

          @ ReeZee – Thank you, what’s meant to happen will happen. It’s harder to see it in the present, but you will see it once it becomes the past.

    2. Last Timer

      Seriously I don’t think we can see any update in SEVP Portal. Else v could have seen a handful of people posting here that they got an update in SEVP Portal. I’m pretty sure that it gets updated only after u request for Cap Gap from ur school and they issue an I-20. Just think. It’s Employment. It shows up the list of work authorizations you have and which employer u r working under. Even if u get picked up in LOTTERY, then still, u don’t have work authorization until u get a Cap Gap I-20 issued. So. V can’t c any update in the portal my ourselves. I was thinking v can check the SEVIS status. But there is no option for that

      1. Anxious

        My DSO specifically told me cap gap happens automatically in SEVIS after you’re selected in the lottery. Requesting or not requesting new I-20 has no impact on this change in SEVIS.

      1. Last Timer

        Thank you. I seriously doubt we will see an update there. Because I guess Sevp clearly states that only the school authorities can still let me know about my SEVIS status. And this SEVP portal is just for ease of reporting change of address and change of employment. So basically, if you request your school for Cap Gap and they issue it, the information would appear in the SEVP portal. I don’t think v can see any change in SEVP portal by ourselves

  12. Living in hope sucks

    Why can’t USCIS provide a way to check if a candidate is selected in lottery or not. As they have all the data its an easy task for them. At least people would not be living in hopes still june. Neither we have to check with attorney/employer. Truly a worst system ever saw.

    1. Peace

      Government agencies usually have budget restrict and are usually under budget. They’d have to implement a new system to do this which would take time and money. This wasn’t an issue before lottery system started and the plan for the future is to make it merit based and not have a lottery so no point implementing one now. Lottery was meant to be a temporary solution until the new process can be implemented.

  13. 3rd Timer

    Hey guys. My school DSO had sent me a link to create a SEVP Portal account. So when I used that, I entered my SEVIS ID and it prompted me to create a password and I gave a password and confirmed the same. After that, I received a success message. Now when I try to log in, it requires me to enter my email & password to log in. I was not asked to enter my email when I registered. So when I tried logging in with my university email id, it doesn’t allow me to log in. Did anyone else encounter this situation? Please do help me out with the same.

    1. RT

      Yeah, I am not sure if these are true or just everyone is guessing that employment tab will reflect changes? Can anyone share screenshot if they saw changes,

      1. Anxious

        Initially everyone was assuming based on information provided in SEVIS update. Now, people are actually seeing it. I don’t see a change yet and many others don’t. It’s just for a few people.

        1. RT

          Thanks Anxious.

          Yeah, I only saw two people posting they saw the changes. But many people are saying its fake news, as only DSOs are authorized to make any changes to your SEVIS.

          Unless someone was so lucky that on the first day of lottery, they were issued receipt notices, and DSOs were so quick to go and put that into SEVIS, the chances of happening are quite low. Also, as mentioned on SEVP webiste, it takes around 24 hours to reflect any changes made.

          Lets see what happens, everyone is eagerly waiting for the results.

          Good luck!

          1. Anxious

            @RT – DSOs do not make any end date changes in SEVIS. After the student is picked in lottery, the change in OPT end date happens automatically in SEVIS (after USCIS does the data entry). Updates from SEVIS are then automatically updated in SEVP once a day. The two updates you mention occurred on Friday and the lottery happened on Wednesday so this does not seem very unbelievable. I agree that we do not have enough reports to conclude. Hopefully, we will have some answers next week.

            Thanks and good luck to you too.

  14. Sri Harsha

    Oh boy Oh boy Oh boy. So much of anger, animosity and hatred towards a Troll. Basically we are all anxious and frightened that we are not even able to see if its a troll or a serious comment. Even I m very anxious about my result. BUt seriously guys, hold yourself up and do not lose urself to yell over a troll.

    I have always been a hardworker and have always worked my a*** of in my company. I have been promoted 3 times in the past 34 months. My career has been awesome. But unfortunately, I haven’t been picked up twice in the lottery. And this is my last attempt. If I do not get this time, I know that my entire life journey gonna become different. In my own state in India, selling lottery ticket was banned stating its illegal. But here in the US, my fate is going to be decided based on a Lottery. Very Funny Isn’t it? But well, let’s not lose our patience and character brooding over a St**id lottery system.

    I have an option to get myself enrolled in a CPT university if I do not get picked up in the lottery. I am planning to move back to my nation and continue my career there. There, I am not going to have any pressure that I will be kicked out some day because Its’s my own nation. After 3 anxious March/April, my April would be spent happily by going to a stadium to watch IPL with family and friends.

    Just mark my words. I gonna achieve so much in life that after 5-10 years, I gonna make this country feel bad that they rejected me via lottery. I gonna let the whole world know what a dubious mistake this nation made.

    1. edwardss

      Looking forward to see you becoming the President of the US in 2022. After all, you got promoted in 34 months, so what’s the big deal in becoming a President, eh?

      1. Re:Edward

        Except the fact that you can not become the POTUS if you are not an American citizen. Otherwise, there is not an iota of doubt that “anyone can become the president (or precedent :-p if it was a tweet) )

      2. Re:Edward

        Except the fact that you can not become the POTUS if you are not an American citizen by birth. Otherwise, there is not an iota of doubt that “anyone can become the president (or precedent :-p if it was a tweet) )

  15. Advice

    Earlier it was Petition count predictions and now it is probability predictions..
    Guys whatever happened has happened.. it is a hit or miss.. 50-50 no matter how much the petition count is.. even if it was 120k total, there are still chances you might get selected or rejected. So wait for your attorney to get back to you..

    Remember people still got thru lottery when there was 233, 236k petitions.. probability is not going to change anything.. it’s 50-50.. you get it or lose it.
    Accept the fact and move on.. All the best everyone 🙂 Let’s hope for the best..

    1. Another STFU alum

      Earlier it was “stop doing count predictions” and now it is “stop doing probability predictions”.
      Guys whatever you or others think or comment, people are going to continue doing their calculations. It’s a free country and everyone is free to do whatever calculations they want.

      Remember no one is going to stop how many ever times you say it 🙂 so wait for your attorney to get back to you instead of wasting time reading the comments you don’t like here and commenting on them as whatever you do is not going to change anything.. Funny thing is, you are doing the exact same thing you are complaining of :D.. it’s 50-50.. you get it or lose it.. so why are you here??
      Accept the fact and move on.. All the best everyone 🙂 Let’s hope for the best..

  16. Probabilities

    Theorem 1:

    If your probability of not being selected in the lottery is 50%, then the probability of not being selected in the H1-B lottery for 3 years in a row is 0.5*0.5*0.5 = 12.5%. Hence, you have 87.5% probability of getting H1-B visa within your STEM-OPT period. Looks good? 🙂

    Theorem 2:

    Even you wasn’t selected in the past two years of lottery, your chance of being selected in your third trial is still 50%! Because the three trials of lottery are statistically independent events! You can’t say that you have 87.5% probability of being selected. Sad! 🙁

    Theorem 3:

    If you are like Gayatri with 3 independent petitions in a year, your chance of getting selected is very high 🙂

    1. FlightDeals

      On the surface 0.5 doesn’t look like a bad number.

      If you look into the details –

      AD = 20,000/95,000 = 0.2
      AD in regular = 60,000/170,000 = 0.35

      So, separately, 1 in 5 gets picked in the first slot.
      1 in 3 gets picked in Second slot. This sucks.

      I understand these are dependent events but the numbers look ugly.

      So, book your tickets early to avoid last minute rise in ticket prices.

      Please share good ticket deals to India (New Delhi/Mumbai/Hyderabad)

    2. Re:

      Theorem 3:

      If you are like Gayatri with 3 independent petitions in a year, your chance of getting selected is very high 🙂
      —————————————————–
      It is approximately same as Theorem 87.5%

    3. Re:

      Theorem 3:

      If you are like Gayatri with 3 independent petitions in a year, your chance of getting selected is very high 🙂
      —————————————————–
      It is approximately same as Theorem 1 : 87.5%

  17. Relax

    Gayatri =embodiment of stress on this page

    Folks, stop abusing each other because of a troll account. You stress level is reaching its peak. Even if Gayatri were a real 3 petitions filer you guys really think a significant portion of the lottery is filled with these petitions? Don’t fool yourselves by undermining what this lottery is — it’s a coin toss probability at best. Extra petitions are selected already to account for fraudulent cases. All things considered stop blaming people like Gayatri for your anxiety. Although, thanks Gayatri for providing a punching bag.

  18. 3rd Timer - Italy

    So my calculations are…..

    Data Used =
    Master Cap = 20’000 + 5’000 = 25’000 (Accounting for Denials)
    Regular Cap = 63’200 + 5’000 = 68’200 (Accounting for Denials and Chile’s & Singapore)

    Master Lottery Leftover = 95’855 – 25’000 = 70’885
    Total Popultation for Regulat Lottery = 94’213 + 70’885 = 165’098

    Probabilities:

    If you have AD = 54%
    54% =(Probability You get selected on the Master Cap) + ((Probability you dont get selected on the Master Cap * Probability you get selected on the Regular Cap)
    No AD = 38%
    38%= Probability you get selected on the Regular Cap

      1. 3rd Timer - Italy

        LOL I know but I saw so many people doing this but not accounting for Chile and Singapore that I decided to do it and make life for others easier by just having the info available rather than doing the math themselves… but if you want to do the math yourself and waste your time to get the same answers as I did, go ahead lol

  19. Tiger_Zinda_Hai

    H1B 2019 Lottery Completed – 190,098 Petitions Filed

    Masters Quota Filings : 95,885
    Regular Quota Filings : 94,213

    This is confirmed news..

    Good Luck Everyone !!

    Note :- Guys just one request, Please make this platform useful by providing some useful information instead of talking something else.

    1. tiger bnk a/c adhar se jod le

      oh wow, how did you know this, miracle., did they publish any where, a90 k oh my tiger beta., youare awesome

  20. Nirav Modi

    Though it is off the topic,just felt to share this:
    If anyone is feeling wrong/useless, me using Nirav Modi as my screen name

    I am sorry,,,I hate this Nirav modi to core… how have spoiled and corrupted our banking system with joining hands with politicians

    When I am not enough capable to fight aganist him,,just thought to troll on him and show my agony

  21. dont_be_jealous

    which country you are from boss?? do a little analysis you will find a lot of Indians are holding super top corporate positions in your country and helping your business to grow :p.. Grow up man, don’t be jealous of Indians..God will favor you as well :p

  22. Nirav Modi

    Why everyone is getting serious here and publishing about morals,ethics and all that stuff

    Guys don’t worry…good will always win

    Passing comments are just for fun(until they don’t hurt any country,religion and race)to get rid of this tension

    So chill guys…have fun on weekend and get preapared for next week!!!

  23. STFU AHOLE

    You with no morality, ethics, who are abusing the system teaching me decency? You should be ashamed of yourself to call a human being . taking pride in saying that “filed 3 petitions, paid by all yourself as you pay your own bills and thru 3 corrupt consultancy”. Posting all fake news every day since past 10 days and boasting that you have accomplished that you have achieved eternity with your fraudulent petitions and playing with peoples patience.. What are trying to prove with all these posts? just having fun with people? At one end there are people from other country with lot of dreams and hopes wanting to make there US a new home and other end people in F1 in last attempt who may have sell out what ever they move back to their home country… And here is you posting BS since 10 days..!!!! Go first be a human and respect others sentiments. Each easy to post BS on anonymous forum and takes a effort not to do that.

    1. STFU AHOLE

      I apologize for being mean to Gayathri. I understand that even you would have tough situation and at times people have to be smart to game the system.. You are a smart person Gayathri.

      I am happy that your petition was selected. Again I apologize for my rude and ill thought comments.

      1. STFU AHOLE

        You with no morality, ethics, who are abusing the system teaching me decency? You should be ashamed of yourself to call a human being . taking pride in saying that “filed 3 petitions, paid by all yourself as you pay your own bills and thru 3 corrupt consultancy”. Posting all fake news every day since past 10 days and boasting that you have accomplished that you have achieved eternity with your fraudulent petitions and playing with peoples patience.. What are trying to prove with all these posts? just having fun with people? At one end there are people from other country with lot of dreams and hopes wanting to make there US a new home and other end people in F1 in last attempt who may have sell out what ever they move back to their home country… And here is you posting BS since 10 days..!!!! Go first be a human and respect others sentiments. Each easy to post BS on anonymous forum and takes a effort not to do that.

  24. [email protected]

    Slightly off topic, but everybody trolling each other here and funny comments especially the Indians reminded me of the Russell Peters show that I am going tonight. Super excited and hopefully it will take my attention off the H1B drama a little bit. Lol

  25. SEVP Portal

    Can somebody please comment a little more on the SEVP Portal thing. As a lot of people try to get thr updates by asking a print of I20. But this year people have access to the employment history directly through the portal. So does that mean once your information is keyed in by USCIS you should be able to see some update?

    1. Peace

      Based on the following, it sounds like we should. The following is an excerpt from the SEVIS website.

      SEVIS and the SEVP Portal Information Sharing

      The portal and SEVIS regularly share data. Data entered into the portal is sent immediately to SEVIS to update the student’s record. However, information comes from SEVIS to the portal once a day. Any updates to a student’s record in SEVIS will appear in the SEVP Portal the next day.

      1. SEVP Portal

        Thank you for the quick answer. Definitely gives an extra hope to get the results of lottery quicker just in case lawyer didn’t get to you quickly. Have to make backup plans of either going to Europe or India if this doesn’t work out as this would be the last chance.

        1. SEVPQuery

          I’m in a similar position!
          But to your point, where exactly in your SEVP account will you see the change in Status (assuming that you will)? Under the ‘Employment’ section?

          1. [email protected]

            That’s the only place where I think an update should show up if it does saying H1B pending or Processing or something. I will keep an eye on that and if I see any change would let everyone know here. Thanks for this forum and all the honest people in here. Hope all the right applications get selected this year.

        2. JustAnotherAspirant

          I had the same thought too! I hope the SEVP portal does reflect our status on approval of H1B. Fingers crossed!

          1. Anxious

            This is just an assumption though. It is possible nothing may change there. Check encashment and SEVIS update are probably more reliable indicators. SEVP portal update will happen after a day after the change occurs in SEVIS. as updates are only once a day.

  26. 6th timer

    I’m not from India but how hard is it to get a funding for PhD in the states? Looks like this year I might not make it again, but I can keep on trying.

    1. Reply

      Don’t do Ph.D. for wrong reasons.

      Top university or the regular one, life in a doctorate program gets too hard too fast. You will not be able to cope up with the pressure and the requirements if you are not motivated enough to finish it. Your life in India is much better than what it would be in a graduate school. Seriously, don’t enroll in doctorate program if all you care about is moving to the US.

      Even in you somehow manage to get through the program, which I doubt, you will not gain much out of it. It will not result in any monetary benefits, no Visa benefits if you join a for-profit company. Just read quora anwers about doctorate program if you are keen on knowing more. Doctorate program is meant for people who really are interested in research and motived enough to sacrifice almost anything and everything.

  27. Expert Opinion

    For the first ever, USCIS declared the seperate counts for AD and non-AD applications..This is fishy.. Do they want to convey any hidden message here… What do you guys think?

  28. Bob Marley

    Your chances if you have AD:

    = (20,000/95,885) + (1 – (20000/95885))*(65000/(75885+94213))
    = P(Getting Selected in AD Cap) + P(Not Getting Selected in AD Cap) * P(Getting Selected in General Cap)
    = 0.20858 + 0.30243
    =0.51101 or 51%

    Your Chances if you do not have AD:
    =65000/170098
    =0.38213 or 38%

    1. BetterLuckNextYear

      why do you file 3 applications. you are ruining our chances and not doing you any good.
      if 1 of 3 get selected, you are good.
      if more than 1 get selected, well come to try next year.
      You see? filing 3 won’t increase your chance.

      1. Gayathri

        I agree with you. All Gayathri are smart. Also, all women are smarter than these patriarchy men.

        Even I file 3 through unrelated employer.

        All these whining men can go back to single life in India. Good riddance !

        1. Gayathri

          My chances are pretty well high to have my H1b done.

          What abusing these guys are talking about, I have had chance to get a job and i an utilizing the opportunity.

          The losers are who don’t know how to survive in this world. Off course harsh male dominant world!!

      2. For the people

        we know you wanna are G** and want to get all guys attention here because you wanna S**k their D**k.
        Instead of posting some S*** be genuine so that some one will offer their D***.

    2. OneFillingAsEveryoneShould

      They did a pre lottery duplicates check and they’ll do another after lottery. Chances are you either have already been denied or you’re going to be, without your filling fee returned.
      So I’d say the probability is 0% (Assuming their duplicate check system works)

  29. JustAnotherAspirant

    People with access to the new student Sevis portal, do you know if that would reflect our H1B approval status?
    https://sevp.ice.gov/opt

    1. Stop It

      It has nothing to do with being a girl or a boy. Here everyone goes through the same suitiation, No body is different. There is very minimal chance that 3 different companies have sponsored for you, unless you have paid for them your self.

  30. H1B

    Unlike previous years selecting in lottery would grant 99% H1B approval

    From last years onward all hurdles in the process —>right from getting selected in lottery,RFE and approval and what not !!!

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