H1B Visa 2020

It has become more and more challenging for H1B seeking applicants with many new memos and policies. Nevertheless, there is still tremendous amount of demand for H1B in US and if you were unlucky and were not selected in H1B Visa FY 2019 Quota, you may be considering to get a job and file your application in H1B FY 2020 Season. This article addresses some of the common FAQs and we continue to update lates news and changes of policies, other info regarding FY 2020 season. You can bookmark and revisit the page for updates.

  • H1B 2020 Season Start Date ?
  • H1B Visa 2020 Quota ?
  • Will there be lottery for H1B 2020 ?
  • H1B 2020 Lottery date ?
  • How to find H1B 2020 Sponsors ?
  • H1B visa 2020 fees ?
  • H1B 2020 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.

When does H1B visa 2020 Season start ?  What is the start date ? 

Update : USCIS announced on March 19th that they will accept H1B 2020 petitions starting from April 1st.

Based on past history, it would be Monday, April 1st, 2019.  The rationale is that, USCIS starts accepting applications for the next fiscal year exactly 6 months before the start of the next fiscal year. USCIS fiscal year for 2020 year starts from 1st October 2019, which means they would accept applications for FY 2020 from April 1st, 2019.  This will change for the next H1B FY 2021 Season as USCIS has published New H1B Registration Rule, where employers will register much ahead of the April 1st date and go through process to be able to file petitions on April 1st.

What is H1B visa 2020 Quota for Regular and Masters filings ?

H1B quota is listed below. There are no changes to the cap count, USCIS confirmed that in their press release in March 2018.  Below are the numbers.  For first timers,  this quota 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 2020 season ? What are the H1B Lottery Predictions ? How many petitions in H1B 2020 Lottery ?

We had H1B lottery for the last 6 consecutive years starting H1B FY 2014. Looking at historical trend of H1B filings, cap reach dates, it is very likely possible that we would have lottery for FY 2020 quota.  We have written a detail article on this topic, read H1B Visa 2020 Lottery Predictions, Dates, Results, Analysis.

When is H1B Visa 2020 Lottery Date ?  Accepted Dates ? Lottery Results ?

If we look at the H1B lottery, we have three things, one is when the H1B petitions are accepted for the lottery, second is when the actual lottery is done and third is when the H1B lottery results for everyone are out.

  • Applications Accepted for H1B Lottery : H1B visa petitions for next fiscal year would be accepted by USCIS from Monday April 1st, 2018 for 5 working days until April 5th, 2018 to be part of the H1B Visa lottery.
  • H1B Visa Lottery conducted date : 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 2019, H1B lottery was conducted on April 11th. Similarly, for FY 2018, the actual H1B Lottery was done on April 11th, 2017 . We can expect anywhere around the same dates like April 11th or April 13th.
  • H1B 2020 Lottery Results for Everyone : This is probably the most asked question as many applicants wait in state of uncertainty. USCIS, only informs about actual results for everyone after they completed sending our receipts for accepted petitions. So, technically, you may need to wait for a long time to get the actual results, depending on if you were selected in lottery or not. For FY 2019, USCIS sent our all rejected applications on July 30th, with a timeline given until August 13th. So, you can hear your lottery results anywhere from April second week to August 13th..that’s a long waiting window !

How to find H1B visa 2020 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.  Depending on your situation, 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 or  H1B Grader – Sponsors Database 
  • 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 2020

What is H1B 2020 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 2019 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.  Also, premium processing fee increased from $1,225 to $1,410, effective October 1st, 2018. Below table is a high level summary from FY 2019 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) $1,410 ( from Oct 1, 2018)
Immigration Attorney Fee Varies from $500 to $3000

What is New H1B Registration Rule ?

USCIS and DHS went through 9 Steps of Federal rule making process to change the H1B lottery process and published the final rule on Jan 31st, 2019.  In the  new registration rule, employers register their potential H1B hires during the H1B registration window in the USCIS registration system.  USCIS will conduct lottery on the registrations and inform the selected registrants to file H1B petition on April 1st. In the new process, the order of H1B lottery is changed to select Regular cap quota petitions first and then Masters quota petitions. For more info, read Summary of New H1B Registration Rule

Will the New H1B Registration Rule be applicable for FY 2020 Season ?

Not fully.  USCIS is suspending H1B Registration Rule for H1B FY 2020 cap season to design, implement and complete user testing of system and make sure the system is ready. USCIS will formally announce this suspension for FY 2020 on their website.  So, for the upcoming H1B Visa FY 2020 season , the current process of accepting H1B Petitions for 5 business days and then conducting lottery from the received petitions will be followed. But, one change to the current process will be done, which is the order of the H1B lottery will be changed, where first regular quota petitions are selected in lottery to fulfil 65,000 petitions cap from entire pool of applications and then master quota petitions are selected in lottery order to fulfil the masters quota cap of 20,000. Read complete info at H1B Lottery Changes for FY 2020 Season

H1B 2020 Case Tracker  :

Did you submit or plan to submit H1B petition for FY 2020 ?  In general, the wait for H1B receipts, lottery results, and processing is quite frustrating without any status until you receive something from USCIS.  You would be curious to know others status…so, to have a general view on the statuses movement for entire community, 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 for H1B Visa 2020 Season ?

Below is the list of latest news by date related to FY 2020 season.

You can bookmark this page and check this page for updates on H1B FY 2020 season. Also, you can read H1B 2020 Cap Count Updates Page for up to date tracking of this year’s news and other info.
Do you have any questions on next H1B 2020 season ? Ask it in comments or Community Forum

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Comments ( 55 )

  1. Mr.V

    My Employer is Filing H1b for the FY2020 and my current Client gave me a letter that Project last through September 2019 with further extensions as necessary.
    My Prime vendor gave a letter stating project is expected to continue with multiple extensions until next June 2022 client needs beneficiary’s services and there is no end date decided yet.
    Will this cause any problems?
    What should I do in this scenario?
    Can I file second H1B petetion with In-house project from a different employer?

  2. Buttera


    I need a suggestion. I graduated in December and have been working Full Time since December . My comapny is doing my H1b and asking e weather I need COS or COnsular Processing. I am not planning to go out of US anyways since my whole family is here. What do you recommend me to go with?

    1. administrator

      If you do not intend to go out of US, then you can file it as COS. The only catch is, if you file as COS, you should not travel outside of the country, when your H1B is in process…if you travel when H1B is pending, your COS will be abandoned. Also, if you plan to work from October 1st without going outside of US, then you should file as COS. I would say, you go with COS, if you do not have any plans or need to go outside of US.

  3. Vedanshi.

    Hi ,

    Can any one suggest how to track whether my employer filed H1 for me or not. I’ve already paid amount to consultancy and I’m on H4 status(no job), currently staying in US. Please give me some ideas what questions I can ask my employer. I hope will receive some responses here.


        1. H1B aspirant

          You can ask your employer for receipt no if it’s picked in the lottery. Or if it doesn’t get picked up, you can still ask for a copy of denial letter which states the same

  4. Buttera

    Hello All,

    I need a suggestion. I graduated in December and have been working Full Time since December . My comapny is doing my H1b and asking e weather I need COS or COnsular Processing. I am not planning to go out of US anyways since my whole family is here. What do you recommend me to go with?

  5. Mr.V

    My Employer is Filing H1b for the FY2020 and my current Client gave me a letter that Project last through September 2019 with further extensions as necessary.
    My Prime vendor gave a letter stating project is expected to continue with multiple extensions until next June 2022 client needs beneficiary’s services and there is no end date decided yet.
    Will this cause any problems?
    What should I do in this scenario?

  6. Sam

    Does Indian IT companies plan to apply for H1 at the same level again as previous years?? My company is so quiet in this, just checking in to see what is happening in other big companies this year.. Any idea guys?

  7. H1B stamping

    Hi my visa was approved on aug 2017 I will be attending stamping on April 2019 my validity is up to 2020 aug due to personal reasons I was unable to go for stamping . If I go now will it cause problem ?

    1. administrator

      No, it will not as long as you still have your H1B job available in US and all the documents related to your job in US such as client letters, supporting documents.

    1. administrator

      We have a New forum software (Discourse) that supports these kinds of discussions. It is like Slack with infinite scroll. I have created a topic as well : https://forum.redbus2us.com/c/discussions . Would be good, if the community use it as it less hassle to join and everyone can check the entire thread, it is searchable as well.

    1. administrator

      It is too early to say. USCIS will update closer to filing the availability of premium processing. Based on history, we may not have premium processing.

  8. Quin

    Hi guys,

    I’m going back to my hometown, Vietnam in the next 2 weeks and will do visa renewal, my H1B visa is valid until August 2020. I’m eligible for the Visa Interview Waiver, and just need to mail all documents to the US Consulate in Vietnam. Below is a list of required documents for H1B visa:

    -Passport: Your passport must have at least two blank pages for the visa and at least six months validity.
    – Old passport with most recent U.S. visa (if not in currently valid passport),
    – DS-160 confirmation page with a barcode, completed and submitted online.
    – One 5cm x 5cm photo taken on a white background, without glasses, with your ears visible, within the last six months.
    – Interview Waiver Confirmation Page.
    – For petition-based visa applicants only:
    -Original or copy of I-797

    Seems like it doesn’t require for supporting documents, such as Paycheck, Employment verification,…etc. Should I still include that?

    Last but not least, my company has moved to a new location (still in the same area), my lawyer has filled the LCA amendment with the new address with the US Labor Department. However, I realized that the company’s address in the California Secretary of State has not yet updated. My company said by law, they have until April this year to update it and they are planning to do it soon. So, my concern is whether or not I should include the LCA amendment when I submit my H1B renewal documents. My company said I should go with the new address because that the one they used for legal and in my paycheck. Will that creates any confusion for the US Consolute when they review my visa?

    Sorry for the long message. Any advice or guidance for my case will be truly appreciated!!!

  9. H1B

    Hi admin

    My company is nominating my name..I’m having BcA+8 yr of experience in IT.

    Do I need to submit all the previous company detailed roles and responsibilities along with reliving and experience letter ? Or experience letter is enough

    I need to know since I have 15 yrs of formal education, I can use experience to add 1 yr education. So, do I need to show detailed responsibilities ?

  10. Kuanyu Chu


    I wonder any final decision release yet? For people who would like to apply H1B in year 2019. Do we need to prepare whole documents at first? Or we could just apply pre-registration and wait to see if we hit jack pot then submit the rest support documents? Thank you.


  11. Ravi

    Can I use my current passport for H1B petition(1 April 2019) if passport is in renewal stage? Can I use new passport no while doing visa stamping if selected in lottery.

    1. Tahir Zafar

      Due to current changes in H1-B visa policy, In your opinion, will the number of applicants aspiring for H1-B visa will increase or decrease in April 2019 and why???

      1. administrator

        We will write an analysis on this closer to the season start…it should be around the same number as last year…

  12. Madhav


    My H1B petition was filed in 2009. It got expired in 2012, but I never travelled to US.
    Can I use that petition under cap exempt quota.

    Kindly advice

  13. Yasoda

    Hi Kumar,

    I have H1B that was applied in 2012 and got stamped in 2013. But due to sone personal reasons, i couldn’t travel. So until now i didnot use my H1. And it was revoked by my previous employer. Can that be used to file a new H1 under cap-exempt. Please throw your views on my case.

  14. Sam

    I was in the USA for 6 years under H1B visa from 17th April 2012 to 28 March 2018. During that time I have completed my online BS in IT- Security and MS in Cybersecurity from Nonprofit, regionally accredited private university. My question is am I eligible for 20,000 Masters Quota for 2020.
    My current company is not ready to file H1B for this year. Do you have any consultancy who can sponsor me for 2020.

  15. H1b Interview

    Guys ,
    I have my H1 approved from company A not stamped yet..I got good offer from company B and doing the transfer process. If company A calls for stamping can I go while the transfer with company B is in progress ? Will it cause any problem ?

    1. administrator

      There is nothing called a transfer, it is essentially a new petition filed by Company B using the receipt number from Company A, just for the sake for cap exempt. It should not create any problem.

  16. Employee

    I am very new in this field. So lets say I applied for some jobs this year and lets say I got an acceptance and they filled petition for me in april 2019. Am I FY 2020 candidate than? If so that means i need an employer who will accept me this year and expect me in 2020😯

  17. Indhu


    I would like to know whether MCA, university of Madras files under master cap or regular cap. Does the petition have higher chances picking up in lottery for master cap?

  18. Rahul


    I am currently on L1 expiring 31 Aug 2019. My employer is willing to file H1 next year(2019). I want to know what will happen, let’s say my application is picked up in lottery but I can only work from Oct 2019 on H1.
    What will happen from 31 Aug to 1 Oct (or whenever my petition gets approved).

    Can L1 extension be also filed at the same time so that I can stay post 31 Aug?

    1. administrator

      You will have to leave country and come back around October 1st .
      Yes, they can do that, but talk to your employer/ attorney on how best to handle it. If your H1B is applied as COS, then your H1B will kick in automatically on October 1st.

  19. Deepti

    Hi Team,
    I have lived in US for 6 years on H1 B. I have come back to India due to family issue. Now, I am not able to go through lottery 3 times in the row.
    Please let me know if my L1 B blanket will get approved looking at my below profile.
    Total Yrs of experience = 13
    Total yrs in current company = 4
    Specialized in AWS, Artificial Intelligence and responsive UI design.
    US salary if Visa approved will be 90K per annum.

    1. administrator

      It is very hard to give you a generic answer that it will be approved. Everything depends on the case. Your H1B lottery has not impact on your L1B, so dont worry.

    1. administrator

      We will post a Lottery prediction analysis close to the filing date in 2019. It is too early to speculate as many things can change in the next 6 to 8 months.

  20. RJ_CTS

    I Would like to know when Cognizant starts Nomination for the FY2020 ? any guess how many # of nominations per project or account CTS usually does ?

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