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H1B Visa 2020 – News, Lottery, Deadlines, Fee – FAQs

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It has become more and more challenging for H1B seeking applicants with many new memos and policies. If you were not selected in H1B Visa FY 2019 Quota, you may have filed in H1B FY 2020 Season. This article addresses some of the common FAQs and we continue to update latest 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 Processing timeline  ?
  • H1B 2020 Lottery Results
  • H1B 2020 Latest News

H1B 2020 Season is over, Check out details of next H1B season at H1B Visa 2021 – Registration, Lottery, Fee – FAQs

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 ?

Update : USCIS announced on April 5th that they received enough petitions for Regular cap quota and there would be 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 !
    • Update : USCIS released a press note confirming that that returned all H1B petitions that were not picked in lottery and you should get a mail by Aug 29, 2019. So, your final date for lottery result date for FY 2020 is Aug 29, 2019.

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 TowardsAmount in USD
 Base filing fee$460
AICWA Fee$750  or $1,500
Fraud prevent & detection fee$500
Fee based on Public Law 114-113 ( if applicable)$4000
Premium processing fee (Optional)$1,410 ( from Oct 1, 2018)
Immigration Attorney FeeVaries 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 Lottery Results – Processing Timeline – Regular vs Premium ?

You would know about the H1B Lottery result for your H1B Petition filed with USCIS, if you either receive a Receipt Notice from USCIS or a Rejected Package indicating you were not picked in Lottery. The timeline for receiving receipts is different for regular vs premium processing. We have put together all the details in a detail article addressing all of these questions. Read H1B 2020 Lottery Results – Premium vs Regular Processing Timeline 

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 !

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What’s the latest news for H1B Visa 2020 Season ?

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

  • Aug 15, 2019(Official ) : USCIS released a press note today indicating that they have returned all the petitions that were not selected in H1B 2020 Lottery. They say that, if you do not hear back from USCIS by Aug 29, 2019, you can reach out to them. See below screenshot. You can read the USCIS Press release
  • June 7, 2019(Official ) : USCIS released a press note today indicating that they will begin premium processing for all H1B 2020 cap subject petitions starting from June 10th, 2019.  Technically, now you can upgrade your H1B petition, if you have filed it as COS or Consular processing. All in all, anyone can upgrade their case to Premium processing.  Check the USCIS Official Press Release
  • May 17th, 2019(Official ) : USCIS announced that they have completed data entry and will start sending out the reject notices now…Also, they may transfer some cases as well to balance the load. If you see a status change, nothing to worry.  Check the USCIS Official Press Release
  • April 11th, 2019(Official ) : USCIS announced today evening that they have reached masters cap and also announced completion of H1B lottery for FY 2020. They received a total of 201,011 petitions. Read H1B 2020 Lottery Completed News Summary 
  • April 5th, 2019Official ) : USCIS released a press note that H1B 2020 regular cap was filled. Read H1B visa 2020 Regular Cap Filled News. Check out  Short Video on H1B 2020 Regular Cap Quota reached.
  • April 1st, 2019Official ) : USCIS Launched H1B Employer Data Hub as part of transparency effort to understand H1B employer’s Information on Approvals and Denials. You can check out How to use H1B Employer Data Hub,
  • March 19th, 2019 ( Official ) : USCIS did a press release indicating the start of H1B season from April 1st, and gave out details on Premium Processing that it will be open only for applications filed with COS. Check out all details at H1B 2020 Starts April 1st, Premium Processing Info
  • January 2019 ( Official ) : USCIS Publishes Final Rule on H1B Registration on Jan 31, 2019 and gave guidance for FY 2020 season.
  • December 2018 ( Official ) : USCIS Publishes a proposed rule in Federal Register to introduce the concept of electronic pre-registrations before filing the actual full H1B petition. Currently, it is in process seeking public comments until Jan 2, 2019. Check out details at H1B Pre-Registration New Proposed Rule – Lottery, Process, Analysis.
  • For  FY 2020 season there is an increase in Premium processing fee. We do not even know, if USCIS will have premium processing fee for FY 2020 as they have suspended until Feb 2019 for petitions filed in April 2018 under FY 2019 quota. But, something to be aware of.

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 ? Join us on WhatsApp H1B 2020 Group, Telegram, Facebook , Slack H1B 2020 and Community Forum to discuss, ask, share.


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Comments ( 2,013 )

  1. Mr. Croc

    Hi Kumar and Admins,

    I am currently working for an MNC in US, I am planning to switch my job to another top consulting company in US. What is the percentage of my petition getting approved.

    Currently i m drawing 88k and the offer is for 110k. And the offer is for one of the top consulting companies in US. Also if the petition is approved does my stamping will have any problem if i m travelling to India as per current trend. Also my current Visa is valid upto Aug 2020. and currently i have another 5 years of grace period.

    1. InfyFirsth1b


      I am also on same boat from Infy, I received RFE and responded waiting for result.Can you please tell timelines of rfe response,result,service center and what kind of RFE ?

    2. December Guy

      What was RFE for your case
      Which all document you have submit for your RFE
      After RFE how many days it takes for decision

  2. H1b approved

    My h1b 2020 finally got approved.

    Non AD, No RFE, . without client letter , SOW. was submitted.Case was transferred to other center.

  3. H1B-2019-CapExempt

    Hi Kumar/Others,

    i got my H1B Petition approved under RFE(non Ad) , but the petition is given only till feb 2020(Same as last contract date for my project). Since the duration is too small and i cannot travel by Feb 2020, my company attorney’s advised to file for H1B Cap Exempt.

    My project will be extended beyond feb 2020 for another 3 years, but the contractual documents are still underway. So while replying to the rfe we had provided ROC and ROB document which specifies, that they will extend the contract. However they considered the contract last date for petition approval.

    If we use the same document to apply for H1B Cap exempt what are the chances of approval for a higher period? Also on a high level, what is the trend is H1B CAP Exempt approvals?

  4. H1B -Visa

    Hi Kumar,

    I’ve received an RFE on Sept18 and attroney responded to it on November 29 , yet USCIS website is not updated(Like- RFE Response Received) and have same old status(RFE send). Last date was to submit 14th December

    is it normal or how ,long it will take to update and get decision for WAC(regular)

  5. Thirukumaran

    Hi Kumar,

    My H1B got stamped now for 8 months and I’m not planning to travel to US for next 4-5 years. After these years do still I can go with cap-exempt? How many years max can H1B be in dormant?

  6. H1BRFE

    Hi Kumar,

    In my project 4 of them received RFE for SO & EE. All of them submitted the same documents for RFE response.(same project,CL & same role).

    One of my team mate petition was denied after RFE submission, so it’s possible to reject all of the petition from my team..??

        1. H1B Friend

          All docs are really powerful.

          Then might be due to SOC Code( if given 15-1121) and wage level based on Location or Education Job Duty Alignment not matched.
          Please check the actual denial reason through attorney

  7. Waiting on hard copy

    How much time does uscis take to send hard copy of the approval notice?
    H1b approval email received on 19th November – under PP.


  8. H1b transfer case 2020

    Anyone got the result or RFE whose case was transferred from one center to another In september?

    Do we need to apply for premium?

      1. H1b transferred 2020

        But december is very late as compared to last few years exp.

        Normally people Used to get result by october . This year is extreme late. I am already working on EAD so i dont require early result, i just wanted to change job and location… thats why i wanted result.

  9. H1b Hopeful

    Hi ,
    My H1 is aprroved but not yet stamped . My employer not yet sharing the original or full PDF Doc . Can I transfer with the approved screen Shot ? Is that enough for MNC ‘s like TCS,Cognizant ?

    1. H1B Team

      Hi Kumar,

      is it possible to change employer(Consuting-Infy, TCS, CTS etc) only after H1b Approval(without and before stamping) for Different Client, Location and SOC Code(with salary and Title Change)…?

      If yes, then what is process and how long it will takes…?

    2. administrator

      This is a grey area, usually, if no stamping, it may not be cap exempt for transfer. If you had Visa stamping done, then it would have been better…USCIS usually asks, if the candidate ever had H1B status, for which stamping or working in US on H1B is required.

      1. H1 hopeful

        Hi Kumar ,
        Just consulted with my attorney regarding cap exempt without stamping They told it is not a problem .you are totally misleading

  10. Balu

    I have never travelled to US before. I got my fresh H1b Visa stamped on Oct 1st. It is valid till Mar 31 2020. My project opening for which my visa was applied is closed for some reason. I am in the process of identifying new project.

    What if I am not able to travel till Mar 31 2020. Will I be able to apply for LCA change and extension post that? If I could apply, will the months lost will be considered within the allowed 6 years work permit. Please let me know.

    1. administrator

      Yes, as you have done H1B stamping, you are eligible for H1B extension and very likely for transfer to other employer too.

      1. Rao

        Hi Kumar,

        I have got my H1B approved but my work permit validity is given from Nov 14, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019. And My employer mentioned that I cannot go for stamping before Dec 31 and hence they want to file a H1B out of cap after Dec 31st. Now my question is, Is there a process to ask USCIS on changing the validity of work permit, so that I can get enough time for stamping and travel ?
        what happens if I go for out of cap ? Is it a normal process ?


        1. administrator

          They need to apply for extension, there is nothing you can do to change validity. It should be fine, check with the company’s attorney. It should be fine to go with cap exempt as it is same employer.

          1. Rao

            My employer said extension is not possible as the project I am working is no longer available. Employer said they will file OutofCap after January 1st. Given the situation I dont have chance to go for stamping, I am confused whether I really hold a H1B visa (as my passport is never stamped). My employer is telling I now have a valid petition for 6yrs though. I am totally confused..

  11. H1withRFE

    Hello All,

    Finally today my visa got approved after one RFE. I have one question, my company have not sent the client letter to USCIS but then also my petition got approved, but is it that they might ask me the client letter while stamping visa?

    1. administrator

      Yes, they may ask for the client letter…It is safe to carry the client letter, if you have it along with you…Check with your attorney as well.

    2. H1BFirst

      How many days it’s taken for your approval after RFE respond…? like when you responded(RFE) and when your petition got approved.??

  12. Anonymous

    Hello – Need some advice from you guys. I have an approved H1B petition from Employer A and an approved I140 from Employer B. I’m planning to travel in a couple of months and I would like to know whether we can apply for H4 EAD for my spouse using the H1B from Employer A and I140 from Employer B. Is it mandatory for the H1B and I140 be from the same employer in order to file for H4 EAD?

    Also, I assume we can apply for H4 EAD only after entering the country (since newer I94 number is needed – although my spouse has an earlier I94 from a prior H4) and not from here – am I correct?

    1. administrator

      Yes, you can apply. As long as the I-140 was not withdrawn within 180 days after approval, no need to have it from the same employer.

  13. 4th Timer

    I tried 4 times for h1b and this was the first time it got picked up in the lottery AD. I received 2 RFE’s and got it approved recently. I am planning to go to india and get it stamped and come back.

      1. 4th Timer

        1st RFE was for employer-employee relationship and CPT information. 2nd RFE was on specialty occupation related and client letter. As my employer do not provide client letter, i provided email verification.

    1. ITPerson

      I am in USA and my H1B expiring soon so I started looking for jobs and got 2 jobs with different salary. Both companies are saying that they will file my transfer visa in premium . Also my current company is filling for extension. If all petitions are approved I have to work in one organization and I will work in one which is paying more but can I work in future for other companies considering valid petition for next 3 years.

      1. administrator

        Yes, you can…At that time, when you want to join, you need to work with their attorney to make that petition effective…

          1. Raj2019

            Hi Kumar,

            I have got my h1b approved but only for two months and could not get the Visa appointment and it will be expired. Can I go for cap exempt after Visa expired without stamping? Please suggest

          2. administrator

            This is a grey area…some had success in the past being cap exempt, some did not make it. So, it is subjective…USCIS can question that candidate never had H1B status. If you had Stamping done, it would have been better for cap exempt transfers.

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