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 this is your first time filing H1B, please read H1B Visa Basics – FAQs like Requirements, Quota, LCA, etc.

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 ?
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 ? 
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 ( 2,879 )

  1. Help with SEVP

    Hey Guys – Can someone help me out with this SEVP login thing. I have a good idea about what it is and what SEVIS is but my question is where and how to log in.

    Where to obtain the id and password and if someone can drop a link to the sevp login page i would really appreciate that.


    1. CD

      Your DSO should have sent an email with a link to activate your login. It is usually sent to your college email address. That link holds true for 30 days from the day it was sent. If you haven’t received that email, contact your DSO. You cant create an account without that email.


      1. Help with SEVP

        Hi CD – I will do that. One more question – IS it true that this SEVP link will be only helpful for those on either OPT or STEM and whose EAD expires before Sept 30th ? Please let me know.


        1. [email protected]

          So far those are only the people who are seeing an update on the SEVP portal including me. I haven’t really herd of anyone who has got the update and whose OPT doesn’t end before 10/01/2018. This applies to all of my friends in my company as well who haven’t seen an update. Hang in there and hopefully you will get it soon.

          1. Help with SEVP

            Hi Raj,

            Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I just contacted my DSo and they said that SEVP is only for those who are on post completion OPT and STEM extension. I am not on any so they won’t provide me the SEVP login and Password. Hope this is helpful to some of us. Exact response fro DSO:


            The SEVP portal is ONLY for students currently on post-completion OPT or STEM OPT. Since you are not on OPT, you do not have access to the portal.


    2. Wu

      You should check your email with the subject: Optional Practical Training Approval – the next step. Create an SEVP Portal account.

      It was sent by [email protected] last month

      There’s a link in the email for your registeration.

    1. IBMerNotSure

      I think you might have got the receipt number with your OPT/STEM application. How can your DSO get the receipt number. You are supposed to get from your employer/lawyers. Though you can check on USCIS website if it’s related to your petition.

      1. HART

        I have applied for STEM extension in March before my h1-b was filed. I have a different receipt number for that. This one she sent me starts with WAC1XXX___. I checked on USCIS case status. It says record does not exists. But that’s same for mine OPT STEM application as well.

    2. [email protected]

      @HART Did you ask for a print of the I20? If not, in my understanding DSO can look into the system and see an H1B COS pending which also has the receipt number attached to it based on the data entered by the USCIS. I am not 100% sure about it but I think that’s the only way to get the receipt number from the DSO.

      1. HART

        No, I don’t need a new I-20 since my application for extension is pending as well. Whereas, regarding the H-1b, She said the update in SEVIS says “Change of Status” and has receipt number attached to it. I asked her to check only, after I saw Employment Authorization end date change in SEVIS Student Portal.

  2. Nandha

    I Got My RFE and then Denial for my Visa.I have left US within 3 days after i received the Notice.Now i am considering to change my employer and reapply with New employer since my current employer require me to get promoted due to internal criteria to process H1B NSC.
    Please let me know whether the New employer will require the Extension denial notice hard/soft copy for his processing?

          1. IBM_H1B

            Yes mine too- Closed-Pending Adjudication. How can we make sure IBM really filed our H1B Petitions?

          2. IBMerNotSure

            I am not sure about this statuses. Which firm files your petitions? Mine was through fragomen and I have heard lot of negative experiences about it.

    1. IBMerNotSure

      Where can you check your case status like ‘closed – pending adjudication’ for IBMers? I have not received any status yet.

  3. @HOPE


    I see less comments in this blog compare to last year, that means there are more number of multiple applications out there, if so they will run the lottery again to fill those positions.

    1. INFY_SP_LastYrSelected

      No friend lottery will run only one time all multiple selected petition are not refundable I think, the not selected with returned with refund.

      Only one lottery and which is absolutely random…

  4. 1stTimer

    Hey guys,

    First time H1B application here, and I have a few questions which may seem basic, but the terminology you guys use on here confuses me.
    1. When is the lottery conducted and how will I be notified? I had an attorney and US employer sponsor me.
    2. Is the lottery conducted first for the 65,000 applicants and then adjudicated? Will the government pick up more applications if they are rejected ones currently in lottery?
    3. I see everyone talking about a portal, where is the link for this to get updates?

    Appreciate all your insight.

    1. edwardss

      1. The lottery has been done and your lawyer/employer will get a receipt by end of May notifying whether you got through.

      2. The lottery is conducted first with some extra applications being drawn to account for some inevitable rejections. There is no waitlist, and the number of rejected ones are rolled over to the next year.

      3. Check SEVP portal. You should already have received an invitation link from your university; so use that to log in.

      1. 1stTimer

        Thank you Edwards’s for your reply. However, I am not a Masters student. Does this SEVP portal only apply to students?

  5. SuperSayan

    Hi Friends,
    My SEVP account got locked. Do you think it is a good thing ?
    Has SEVIS locked my account, so they can first insert, commit and then unlock the table where my SEVIS update happens ?

    Thank you.

      1. BackToSayan

        dayum.. for a second I thought it was some open transaction locking my table while updating my cap gap.

        It sucks man ! Back to Sayan mode…

  6. Anxious

    There are 3 groups of people here regarding SEVP end date change:
    1) Those who believe even without screenshots
    2) Those who believe only with screenshots
    3) Those who do not believe either way

    My update is for group 1 – My end date in SEVP portal changed to September 30. Seems like it is slowly happening for people one by one. So keep a watch out for the change but don’t panic if it hasn’t changed yet.

    1. Ray of Hope !!

      My employment Authorization date updated to Sep 30th in SEVIS/SEVP today around 12.48 pm. I can see that both under employment and history tabs. I requested for new SEVP login today to my university. My current STEM OPT end on June 1st. This is my 3rd and last attempt for H1B.

      Change Type Old New
      Authorized End Date (4378391) 06/01/2018 09/30/2018

  7. LLBean

    I got my STEM OPT approved on Friday and today I saw 2 SEVIS updates in my SEVP Portal to “Relation To Field” (basically leaving them as they were). No updates on date etc. Unsure what this means.

  8. PrayForMe

    I am probably the dumbest guy here.

    I locked my SEVP account by abusing the refresh button.

    Since the time my account got locked, everyone is receiving an update.

    So, when DSO unlocks my account, I hope I see something good.


  9. JJM

    My H1B for 2018 has approved on 22nd March 2018. Today I received approval letter from attorney and also copy of I-129. My highest qualification is entered as Bachelors degree even though I have Masters qualification. Do I need to ask attorney to notify the error to USCIS prior to attending the visa interview? Kindly advice.

    Many Thanks

  10. CD

    Any receipt numbers we have heard so far of?

    I know many SEVP updates have come through by now. Just wondering if any receipts have started coming.

    1. DVD

      I personally havent seen anyone with cap-gap extension on sevp. One google drive screen shot shown here blurred “from” date. this creates a doubt may be it opt end date is on sept 30th and he/she is presenting it has cap gap extension.
      I havent heard of any check cashed/ receipt notices received as of now.

  11. Jimpaka jimpaka jim jim jampaka jampaka zoom zoom

    My poem:

    Oh the working man as you can see
    That is what he was born to be
    Married to the working wife
    That is what she’ll be all her life
    Never lived beyond their means
    Nor sought assistance from their friends
    Yet day and night through thick and thin
    They work life out just to keep life in

    No matter friends whate’er befall
    The poor folk they must work or fall
    Through frost and snow through sleet and wind
    They work life out just to keep life in

    Do you see the women how make the gowns
    For those in other parts of town
    It’s a picture sorrowful to see
    And I’m sure with me you will agree
    Meagre is our daily pay
    To feed and clad a family with
    She’s overworked she’s tired and thin
    She works life out just to keep life in

    Oh mischief mine where do you roam
    When reason called you weren’t at home
    If you take cheese from off the rat
    Is he then free to hunt the cat
    If free from union’s free from dues
    Are you free from choice or free to choose
    Or free as any birds blown by the wind
    To work life out just to keep life in

  12. shaki

    I called my DSO and asked them i 20 is updated or not.. they said its not updated yet.. what does that mean i didnt get my lottery this time?

  13. SEVP Portal Confirmed

    Now, it’s almost confirmed that SEVP can indicate if you got picked in the lottery. Your authorization date under Employment tab will be extended to 9/30/2018. Also, under History tab, you will see a entry from SEVIS.

    However, I didn’t see any changes on my SEVP.

    1. edwardss

      Give it some time. As I mentioned earlier, I know AD people who got notified in mid-to-late May. Given that it is a manual process, combined with generating RFEs, USCIS will take its own sweet time

    2. [email protected]

      Did you find anybody else somewhere that posted the experience regarding the same? I was the only one among all my friends with final try. So maybe thats why they haven’t seen any updates. Waiting to see if anybody else puts up and update about the same. @SEVP_Portal_Confirmed Are you a third timer as well and when does your authorization end?

  14. PrayForMe

    Hey guys. I wrote one song to describe all H1b people pain. Please leave feedback.


    I’m always ready for a war again
    Go down that road again
    It’s all the same
    I’m always ready to take a life again
    You know I’ll ride again
    It’s all the same
    Tell me who’s gon’ save me from myself
    When this life is all I know
    Tell me who’s gon’ save me from this hell
    Without you, I’m all alone

    Who gon’ pray for me?
    Take my pain for me?
    Save my soul for me?
    ‘Cause I’m alone, you see
    If I’m gon’ die for you
    If I’m gon’ kill for you
    Then I’ll spill this blood for you, hey

        1. Gauri

          It’s not about liking. Here, Everyone is looking for some important information and you are posting poems. It’s better you create a fb page and post stuff over there.

          1. PrayForMe

            Poems are to give us hope.

            I wrote this for people to not lose hope and stay strong.

            Good luck to you.

    1. Relax

      Is this a joke? I can’t tell if this is a parody (I hope so). If you’re ready kill/die for h1b then the FBI will find you before you get the stamp.
      Go take a walk. US is not the only country with jobs on this planet.

      1. PrayForMe

        It’s just to give a poetic touch to everyone’s desperation.

        Jeez, have you even read comments here and see how many people need strength and hope to get by ?

        Be a sport.

        1. San Diego gal

          Haha, these are they lyrics to the song “Pray for Me” by The Weeknd. Love this song. But you didn’t write it.

        2. Relax

          lol! I obviously do not follow pop culture and didn’t google the lyrics. Good one. Here’s a fail haiku I just wrote. Dedicated to the day I receive my third attempt H1B approval:

          I waited three years,
          to buy my lottery tickets,
          but in the wrong line.

  15. Kumar

    All non AD guys, we can expect information (By Cheque Encashed, asking to attorney) only after tuesday, as USCIS is expected to start processing for them, right now they are doing processing for all AD (Advanced degree) candidates

      1. 5th Timer - Non- AD

        Seems his imagination is the source that lead to this prediction!!

        Everyone is so excited to get know the results and so do I… Nothing wrong in predicting anything that ease us from this anxiety and give some hope..

        I am a 5th timer and I know very well how one feel this obvious anxiety.

        For AD ppl you have hope till April end and then till May end non-AD and some times leads to mid or end June too given the huge number of applications and not sure of the so meaaaaaan strict rules and memos that Trump is talking about…

          1. 5th Timer - Non- AD

            Once in a week keep checking with your attorneys if you can do that.. days passing without good news is pretty bad news.If you are AD it will be much worse.

            You will never know how lucky you are and it will be revealed now and I am chased by pretty much very very very very bad luck.. (4 very’s as I am not through 4 times so far.. lol) let’s see if I increase one more very to bad luck or at least one time lucky…

            Luck be with you to who are all trying from many years, all genuine single applicants and whose OPT/CPT/STEM or….whatever currbt Visa status going to expire that lead their departure to India. I am from India and this is optional for me but very desperate and applying with current employer from last 5yrs and ~9yrs exp with current employer..

  16. Anonymity

    Hi Guys,

    One question – if OPT (STEM) is expiring after September, would we still see a change on SEVIS if we are selected in the lottery?

    1. HH1B

      My STEM extension OPT expires in December 2018.
      I believe we will not be able to see a change in our end date to reflect cap gap

  17. Unlucky

    Hey Guys,

    On the link sevp.ice.gov/opt/#/login, unfortunately I still see my OPT ending in July.

    I guess this means that I did not get picked, correct?

    1. Kumar

      Dude, wait 2 or maximum 3 more days, after that chances will be very slim as they will start processing for NON AD candidates

  18. anxious

    To those who have gotten the SEVP updated:


    Would you care to share with us if you have a masters degree or not? and when did you see the change (i.e. what’s the time stamp of the changes made by USCIS under your History tab)?

    1. Axey

      Have a Master’s degree
      Time Stamp – 10.32 am 16th April

      I understanding this can be unnerving for the of us. Hang in there. Good luck to you all!

  19. STFU Alumni Association

    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.


  20. Called SEVP

    Hey everyone,

    I decided to call the SEVP help line and confirm if the update of the end date indicates being selected in the H1B lottery and they confirmed that it’s true! So to all who have seen the update, congratulations! My lawyer said that data entry of selected applications takes a few days so maybe there’s some hope for the rest of us who haven’t seen any updates on our SEVP portal.

    1. Amrika

      It has been just two days since lottery (thurday and friday). Everything is manually updated. it is just a start. We should be seeing something this week.

    2. thankyou

      you did a good job, and thanks for keeping our hope alive, i know it’s too early but nervous…hope the news is one the way!!!

  21. SEVPPortalStatus

    @[email protected] has posted update to his STEM OPT status to reflect his cap gap on student SEVP portal.

    This is not sounding good for the STEM guys with expiring eads.

    Keep posting SEVP updates guys. If this doesn’t get updated on the next couple of days, you should be good to start planning your alternative.

    1. [email protected]

      @SEVPPortalStatus I spoke with my other friends in the company and so far no one else has gotten that kind of update on the History section of SEVP Portal. Only one person has a new authorization but it was done on 04/08/2018. So it doesn’t make sense that it would be before lottery. Also it doesn’t say anything as to what has changed. So I believe they are still in the process of data entry. To all the third timers including @anxious I hope everybody gets picked up. In the mean time to be more precise the exact time stamp for my data entry by SEVIS is 04/13/2018 14:27:36.

  22. [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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. NObs

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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

          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


  31. 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 😀

  32. 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,

    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

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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) )

  36. 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..

  37. 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%

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