USCIS H1B 2019 Data Entry Complete

News : USCIS Completed Data Entry for H1B FY 2019 – Next Steps after Lottery ?

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Many of you, who are yet to hear back from USCIS on your H1B petition, have been awaiting this news update. USCIS announced today that the Data Entry is completed for H1B Petitions filed for FY 2019 quota. Below is the quick summary and what to expect next.

 Summary : H1B 2019 USCIS Data Entry Completed
This year’s Data Entry Complete press alert is delayed by almost two weeks. Last year, it was released on May 3rd. Below is the summary.

  • H1B 2019 Lottery Selected Petitions : USCIS released a press alert today, May 15th,  that they have completed data entry of all the H1B Petitions selected in Lottery that were filed for FY 2019 quota.  All it means is that, if you were selected in H1B Visa Lottery for FY 2019 quota, your data is entered in USCIS System for further process.
  • Return of Unselected H1B Petitions in Lottery :  USCIS says that they will return all the unselected petitions that were not selected in the total of 190,098 H1B Petitions that were in FY2019  H1B Lottery .  They indicate that due to high volume of petitions, they do not have a specified deadline for the sending returned petitions.  Based on past data, we can expect that this can be around mid-July or early August of 2018.
  • Reaching out to USCIS regarding H1B petition : For now, USCIS  says that you as an employer or petitioner should not reach out to USCIS until you see a Receipt notice or rejected package. They will issue a press release once all of these unselected petitions are sent out so that you as an employer and petitioner would know the time frame and then may contact USCIS after that deadline. Based on historical data, for FY 2018 quota, they announced this on July 19th and gave guidance that employers can contact after July 31st.  If we go by the timeline, this year, the data entry is delayed by about 12 days, last year this was announced on May 3rd.  So, we may have the date for returning petitions to be pushed by a week or two to go to end of July or early August 2018.
  • Workload Distribution – Transfer of Petitions : Similar to previous years, USCIS may transfer some H1B Petitions between Vermont Service centre and California Service centre to balance load.   If they transfer your case, you will get a notification in mail ( physical postal mail ) . You can contact that service centre, if any questions regarding your case. It would look like below, when you check online on USCIS site.  In general, some worry, if it will impact your case approval chances. In fact, it does not really change anything, so nothing to panic, it is just an administrative thing for USCIS to distribute workload.
    • On XXX XX, 2017, we transferred your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number ,to another office for processing and sent you a transfer notice”

What does this Data Entry Update mean to you ?
This press alert is quite similar to the last year’s one, just details on premium processing are missing in it.  But, in general, if you have filed a H1B petition or you are the employee, all it means for you is that you should expect a receipt notice or a rejected petition package soon. It can take anywhere around 2 weeks for mail to arrive. You may see more of the remaining receipt notices sent out in the next 2 to 3 weeks and also expect to receive Rejected Packages soon.  There is definitely no sequence as such.  Based on past data, we can expect that USCIS will update on their returning of all petitions around end of July or early August, so there is a long way to go ! Don’t be anxious, the wait is long. Take it with the flow.

What’s Next Process in H1B Journey ?

What do you think of the timelines ?  Did anyone get Rejected packages or Approval ?

Reference : USCIS H1B Data Entry Complete

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Comments ( 87 )

  1. 1stAD


    I received conformation that my check has been cashed but haven’t gotten receipt yet. How long should i be waiting for the receipt ? And any guesses on why i haven’t gotten receipt yet ?

    Thanks for reading.

  2. H1B_ibm

    Got Receipt num today with below mail sent by my office only(not from USCIS):-
    What are the possibilities after this ?As, this is my first attempt.

    Received the notification from the USCIS which indicates the petition that Immigration Services recently submitted on your behalf has been received by them and is in queue for review (this notice does not mean that your visa petition has been approved yet, just confirmation it was received).

  3. Veera

    i didn’t get any response from my employer about any H1B status whether its picked or not. Can i wait for it or try for next year 🙁 ?

  4. Positive Energy

    Now that lottery has been completed, and people are getting receipt or other type of notifications. That means USCIS is going through the selected applications to see if they meet the requirements.

    Assume that there will be couple applications that got rejected, does that mean there will be second round of lottery to fill the gap?

    I am a non-AD, and still haven’t heard anything yet..

    1. Ugly Bob

      No, they already select more applications than quota allows during lottery to compensate for rejections based on previous years stats.

    2. Jai

      No. Lottery is done and won’t happen until next year.

      USCIS has already selected enough petition for 85K year quota. Also, they added backlog or freed (withdrawn in case of two lottery for same application or rejected/denied) to this year and also some more petition were selected in case backlog is zero or they anticipate rejection out of current years selected lottery pool.

  5. 1st Timer

    Okay so chance of getting selected in lottery was about 38% (Non-AD). Now that I have been selected, what are the odds I will get a visa? is it 60%? 70%?
    I am a software developer with job offer of level 2 wage.

    1. Jai

      Software developer title is attracting more scrutiny since last year.

      All those got receipt have equal chance of accept and reject. All the best.

      1. Give this man a gold medal

        @Jai Can you keep quiet if you dont know nothning?

        @first timer It depends on SOC code (Yours should be 1132 or 1133 These are far better than 1131 and 1121), wage level ( shoudl be aprropriate to the position) and if you work at 3rd party / client expect more scrutiny

  6. 14 Digit Case Number

    Attorney confirmed that my case was received but provided a 14 letter receipt number whereas i heard it would be of 13 character length. Is something wrong ?

    1. loveup

      Check your case status here using the receipt number provided by your attorney. if it pulls up there is nothing to worry

  7. Cane

    The Check to UICIS is not withdrawn but my lawyer informed me that he got receipt and I got selected to the lottery.
    How is it possible to receive recipe when no payment is made?

      1. 5 time failure

        Lottery doesn’t validated the candidate , if he /she is having good level of communication but he is quite lucky despite his incompetent because he has been get through the lottery .

      2. Third & Last Attempt

        You too must work on your English before criticizing Cane. It’s landing in/on US and not “landing to US”.

      1. IBMer

        Got Receipt num today with below mail:-

        Received the notification from the USCIS which indicates the petition that Immigration Services recently submitted on your behalf has been received by them and is in queue for review (this notice does not mean that your visa petition has been approved yet, just confirmation it was received).

  8. chikki

    Hi Redbus,

    My petition is picked in lottery ,came to know from my employer,. how many days its will take to get the approval from USCIS. What are the next steps to be followed. your help is much appreciated.

  9. H1b

    I got picked in lottery. But i have few questions. NON AD, level1 pay for system & network admin job role. Bachelor degree with 4 years of experience. What are the chances of approval.

  10. Nar

    my H1-B receipt date is 04/17 and still status showing as “Case Received”.
    any one else is in the same situation?

    1. Voice of Reason

      If your application isn’t fraudlent and it’s for skilled work you shouldn’t have anything to be afraid of. If it’s for base level IT consulting work, it’s a different story. The current administration is questioning whether this fits their definition of skilled labor.

      1. billu

        Actually current administration feels base level IT work do not need outsourcing more americans can fill those job.

  11. Ugly Bob

    I got picked, non-AD, receipt 5/9, was updated on 5/15. Receipt says my case is in Vermont, and current processing times for I-129 in Vermont is 10-13 months. Does it really mean it’ll take around a year to adjudicate status? How come some people have their case approved within a few days/weeks after the lottery?

    1. editor

      The cases are picked and processed in random manner. We cant say for sure when a case would be picked for processing. If you are lucky it would be processed earlier if not it might take time. Unfortunately we cant predict and we got to wait for the update. Good luck!

      1. how do you know that ?

        Are you sure? I thought I read somewhere the USCIS would prioritize petitions for the current fiscal year ?

  12. 2nd timer

    Hey everyone!

    If you have H1b case number with you, there is another way to check it. Usually, the regular h1b case tracker doesn’t work or, it takes a lot of time to have it updated.

    Other way:
    Go to , register and add your case number there. It should give you appropriate status.

    @Kumar, Maybe you could mention this trick/idea in your next post.

    1. KeepTheDreamAlive

      I’m not sure this is a good idea. From a post on IG:

      “I don’t understand the link being shared here. It states you can use the site under one of two conditions:

      “…you received either a Case Passcode from your attorney or accredited representative or an Account Acceptance Notice from USCIS”

      I have a receipt notice but neither of those items. Emily, can you comment?”

    2. administrator

      I just checked it, I do not see an option to register case here. In general, we have the option to register an account and track your case by signing-up at :

  13. 5th time

    When I tried to check my receipt number online case status through USCIS, getting the validation error. how much time it will take to update ?

  14. SJ

    My STEM OPT is expiring June 9th. Haven’t heard anything from the lawyer or the USCIS about the H1B. Thought 3rd time would be a charm.

    I would like to get a masters degree in Computational Science and Engineeeing. I have a chemical engineering bachelors degree.

    Wondering, Can I transfer my i20 to a community college to take some computer science classes or Associates and stay in the states legally? Just until I get into a Masters program Fall 2019.

    Any comment would be much appreciated.


  15. Dolly

    Hi All,

    I tracked my case putting the LCA number. It said “ Certified”.

    Any idea what the hell does that mean? No updates from my employer yet.

    1. Luis

      That means your privilege wage meet the condition. Next step is wait for Receipt# from either employer or Lawyer or frequently check with HR Manager if check is clear.

  16. LastAttempt

    I didn’t see anyone saying their OPT extended to July which happens when the petition is waitlisted. Not sure if USCIS has waitlisted any petition’s this year.

    Kumar, Any thoughts?

    I am on STEM OPT and this is my last chance. My OPT is expiring this June. No SEVP update. So wondering if there is any hope left or I should assume this is the end of this year H1B for me as the data entry has completed.

    1. administrator

      Well, You just need to wait until you hear back from USCIS the outcome, until then, you cannot confirm anything.

  17. 5th Attempter

    My employer is applying my H1B from past 5 years still my luck is not getting my address I feel 🙂
    This year also still I did not hear anything my lawyer, If this time it is not happened even my employer will stop applying for me 🙂
    I think this will be my last attempt and still hoping for Good news.

  18. Tian

    As of May 16, 2018, I still do not hear anything from my lawyer about H1B receipt notice and any information about check being cashed. Do I still have hope that my case was selected in the lottery? Thank you in advance for sharing your information!

  19. Ellie

    Hi everyone! I just heard back from my lawyer that I was picked in the lottery and they received the notice today. Non-AD and my OPT expires at the end of May but NO change on SEVP. So hang in there and don’t lose hope!!

      1. Ellie

        Not sure about the check. The lawyer did not give me the details. I only received a scanned version of the receipt.

  20. pras

    I am on Stem Opt expires on 06/04 And I got My Receipt last week. I got New I20 Updated with Cap-Gap 09/30/2018. I have few questions here.
    AD – CA
    1. Let say My case still shows pending by sep 30th what are my Options here to stay and work ?
    2. Let say if my case is rejected by sep 30. what are the other options here. Do i am like out of status. how does it work. Can I join college again after rejection.
    Please much needed Suggestions.

    1. DS

      IMHO, As they clearly said, do not contact them for an update or we do not have to “assume” anything until the rejection notices are delivered. Also, just like many other inconsistent updates with this H1 B processes, give it at least a good 3 weeks before settling down.
      Best of luck everyone!

  21. SP

    Current Status: Post Completion STEM OPT (2018-2020)
    Receipt Notice: May 14th (lawyer)
    SEVP Update: No update to SEVP portal profile
    Approval Notice: May 16th (as per USCIS website).

    1. KayNyn

      This looks interesting. So are you saying that even now there is no update on your SEVP portal? The reason being I have my post completion date from June (and no update on sevp portal) and was thinking if it is done or should I get a notice from my employer about rejection.

      1. SP

        I’m on Post completion STEM opt. So end date was in 2020. No update when I got receipt notice and no update now when USCIS website says it’s updated.

        SEVP portal update would only happen for people whose expiry is before Oct 1, 2018. Also, SEVP and USCIS are 2 different systems being maintained by 2 different government agencies. There is no guarantee that a SEVP update will happen if your application was picked.

        1. KayNyn

          Oh, I am currently on OPT and end date is in June and then post-completion STEM OPT starts. So generally in my case the end date should change to Sept if it is picked right? I am just trying to see if there are any cases where the post completion is not approved yet, with no change in date on sevp portal and has been picked up in lottery. Yours was the closest that I could find.

          1. SP

            Keep waiting until you actually receive your rejection package from USCIS. Until then, it’s in the game.

    2. GoodLuck

      Your case was approved within 2 days of receipt. Which is really fast.

      Can you please share your profile: Major. Job Profile, Position, Company, Wage Level, MS/Phd?

      1. SP

        MS – MIS
        Not entry level position
        L2 wage
        Job profile identical to course of study
        Company – Not a consultancy or mass H1-B applier like Infosys, Accenture, etc.

  22. Sriram

    Guys, Case approved today when checking status. So here is my time line-

    Apr 14 – SEVP status changed
    Apr 18 – Attorney confirmed that the case has been picked in lottrey
    Apr 23 – Got copy of receipt from mail
    May 16- Case got approved as per online status.

    Still waiting for approval documents.

    AD/CA/3rd attempt – L2 wage and non- IT field.

    Thanks for the help and good luck to rest.


  23. Raghav

    I am not sure if this is the right platform but I will ask anyway.

    I have graduated from US univ in 2004. Moved to India immediately and worked in India ever since. I am wondering if I can apply for H1B next year under AD quota or not. I see everyone talking about i20 (which I still have)and sevis updates (i don’t have any access to it) and would like to know my options.

    1. administrator

      If you have a US Masters degree from good school, you are eligible to apply for AD. The I20 thing only relevant for current students. For you, it should not matter as you have your degree awarded. Usually, you will be asked to submit transcripts from school as part of application from University, that will be sufficient to get you classified as AD.

    1. administrator

      While it sounds logical, unfortunately, USCIS stance is that, the petition is owned by employer, so they only update employer.

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