H1B Visa 2019 Lottery Results USCIS

USCIS News : H1B 2019 Lottery Completed – 190,098 Petitions Filed

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The most awaited number by many, with tons of calculations using LCA numbers and other correlations on comments, etc. have come to an end. USCIS released a press note indicating that they have received 190,098 H1B petitions for FY 2019 quota. Below is the press release summary.

 Summary of USCIS H1B Lottery 2019 Competed 190K petitions filed :

  • USCIS completed Lottery for H1B Visa FY 2019 on April 11th.
  • Total H1B Petitions received for FY 2019 quota – 190,098
  • USCIS accepted petitions for 5 working days from April 2nd to April 6th and announced that they reached regular cap of 65,000 and Masters cap of 20,000 on April 6th.
  • USCIS will reject and return all petitions with their fee for all the H1B petitions not selected in H1B Lottery, provided they are not considered as duplicate petitions as per the new rule. Check Sample H1B Reject Letters for Not picked in Lottery
  • Lottery Process used for FY 2019 :  USCIS conducted H1B Lottery for Masters cap first and the unselected petitions form that pool became part of the regular quota lottery.
  • USCIS  will continue to accept H1B petitions that are cap exempt or the ones counted for the cap in the past that fall under the categories of H1B Extensions, H1B petition for Change of employment terms, H1B Transfers to new employers, and Concurrent filing of H1B for second H1B position.
  • Also, they gave split of number for Masters and Regular quota on their H1B 2019 page, which is new. Some people are confused on where we got these numbers, it is on the USCIS H1B 2019 Updates page . I have put a screenshot for your reference.
    • Masters Quota Filings   : 95,885
    • Regular Quota Filings : 94,213USCIS Masters and Regular Quota Numbers 2019

What are our Predictions vs.  USCIS actual numbers ?  
Many were speculating less numbers for H1B FY 2019 as there were many new rules, changes and the political climate was not that great in the past one year… Despite all of these, our H1B 2019 Lottery predictions were from 170,000 to 190,000 . USCIS actual numbers of 190,098 is very much close to our predictions… Though our predictions were not popular among many that we were forecasting more numbers…but, the reality is that there is tremendous demand as seen with numbers…Hope our lottery predictions helped at least some plan in one way or other.

What’s the take on press release ? What’s Next ? 
The press release is not very different from previous years. Also, the process of H1B Lottery is not different from previous years and is same. As we know from previous FOIA request, USCIS selects additional 5k for masters and 10k for regular quota considering denials…Also, this year, they updated the number of petitions filed for regular quota and masters quota. This was not published in the past.

Now that lottery is done, the waiting game begins for everyone. All of you, who have been selected will get a receipt notice and it has a number that you can use to trace your case on USCIS site. Read Understand H1B Case Number

As the wait can be long and there is no way to know about your case vs others, we highly recommend that you add your case to the anonymous H1B tracker.

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It is sad that many smart, talented students and professionals from Ivy League Schools, IITs, Many good companies like Google, Microsoft and many more have to go through lottery putting all their hard work and effort for luck to decide in lottery…Its unfortunate, but that’s life and reality…If you get selected in lottery good, if not, take it as another part of life as it comes and move on…don’t put yourself under pressure thinking about it, it was not in your control and you have nothing to do about it…

What do you think of the H1B Lottery numbers ? Your take ? Your thoughts ?

Reference : USCIS Press Release FY 2019 Lottery Complete


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Comments ( 1,587 )

  1. Shekhar Reddy

    One of my colleague(who was on opt) filed 6 different applications, unlucky him 2 already got selected and who knows more for him.

          1. newton

            6 applications????!!!! ridiculous! you need to report this to [email protected] immediately! Doesn’t matter if he is a colleague or not, abuse is abuse. That person could be spared if it was 2 applications, but 6 just cannot be spared. He/She is taking away so many other Genuine applicants slots.

    1. GenuineApplicantLastAttempt

      Assuming he/she paid $5000 per petition, that is a total of $30000. Almost 20 lakh INR is equivalent to life time expenses of a poor family.

        1. GenuineApplicantLastAttempt

          That is my first thought when I saw this. But we don’t know if that is a girl or a boy. If that is a boy he must be aiming for high amount of dowry by showing his so called “H1b + Job in America”

          1. Concerned

            What is the dowry for? Marriage? How does it work? The person get more dowry or pays more dowry because of a Job in the US? I am genuinely curious.

      1. Bystander

        You are not supposed to pay anything. The Petitioner (Employee) is responsible for all the costs. If that is what you did, it is against the rule. You should be the one get reported.

    2. Vina

      That is why USCIS picks up extra application than just 85K. Multiple petitions like these will be rejected even after being picked up in the lottery and they will give it to someone in the buffer.

      1. Struggle

        But if one person files 6 petitions, that is way more than the 20k buffer. Also, so far 2 petitions are picked up in the lottery we never know how many finally. It is definitely a scam and needs addressed.

    3. Relax

      It’s legal to have multiple companies put in petitions for you if they are not related. Also, it is likely not true so calm down everyone.

  2. ThirdTimesACharm

    I just called up my University and they said my status is set to Pending. They’re not really saying clearly if the petition was picked in the lottery or not. They just said to contact my attorney.. Any ideas?

  3. HOPE

    I just hope there will be strict rules pertaining to H1 visa next year so that the DESI consultancies wont be able to abuse the system and merit based system where preference being given to the AD. I hope the consultancies see more RFEs this year and lot of rejections.

    1. Believe me

      Preference already given to AD except to those who has come to US on papa’s money and filing the application for so called High skilled worker…….This has all become business where many such universities has been set up in US for the foreign students who dont even fall under First 500 universities of the world.

  4. Prudhvi

    You can apply for cap gap I-20 from your college. It is valid until june 1st. Even we got to know recently about this and one of my friends used this as his visa expires in april. When someone visa expires before june 1st and if they have applied for H1B visa, since it takes until may end to know the results, they have provided an option to get cap gap I-20.

  5. First n Last non-AD

    So worried right now. My OPT ends the end of May, next month.
    I will need to apply for different visa to be able to stay in the US if I’m not picked for the H-1B lottery.

    1. Prudhvi

      You can apply for cap gap I-20 from your college. It is valid until june 1st. Even we got to know recently about this and one of my friends used this as his visa expires in april. When someone visa expires before june 1st and if they have applied for H1B visa, since it takes until may end to know the results, they have provided an option to get cap gap I-20.

      1. First n Last non-AD

        I understand. My OPT is scheduled to end on the 28th of May. I might apply for CAP GAP to extend it for a little while till June 1st. Still, I’m so worried and I hope to get picked for this lottery!

    2. Prudhvi

      You can apply for cap gap I-20 from your college. It is valid until june 1st. Even we got to know recently about this and one of my friends used this as his visa expires in april. When someone visa expires before june 1st and if they have applied for H1B visa, since it takes until may end to know the results, they have provided an option to get cap gap I-20.

  6. Another one

    This is what my company’s lawyer wrote me:

    “I spoke to a colleague who works at a local college. She said her experience with USCIS updating SEVIS is not always accurate. Last year, some of her students SEVIS records were extended to 9/30 but their cases were not accepted in the cap.
    The only way to know for sure is when we receive the H-1B receipt notice or the rejected petition back. ”

    I guess we just have to wait… but I hope since the introduction of the SEVP Portal this year the changes in SEVIS status will become more accurate 🙂

  7. Genuine Applicant

    I just checked with my DSO and got a response that there’s no change or update to my SEVIS information as of now, does this , by any way mean that there is now slim chance of my application being selected? Or, we can still hope to see any positive outcome?

    AD/California/2nd attempt.

      1. SK

        @ Uscis- Insider ,USCIS does not started to send out receipts yet??? usually by this time people starts getting in. last year few of my AD friends got it on 18th and 19th.

      1. H1B-Be Logical

        Why would anyone know the answer to this. Even actual USCIS employees probably don’t have an accurate estimate, let alone the fact that they are not allowed to disclose any information.

  8. MS

    Such losers trying to panic the applicants. Seriously youmust be such a sad person to try make joke of peoples hopes and dreams. All genuine applicants are waiting patiently each day tring to go through the daily hell routine and then there are these sadists who thrive by causing panic n pain to real applicants. Kindly stop this shit show!

  9. Yale 2017

    Those on OPT – what’s your plan if you don’t get through in the lottery? I’m planning to be transferred to my current employer’s Paris office . . .

  10. Vutchek

    This may be a really stupid question but. . .

    If my OPT expires by the end of July, and I get a notice that my H1B was not approved (say in May), I can still work until my OPT expires, right?

    I got tripped up by some post that says you have to stop working immediately after getting notified of H1B denial and then have 60 days to leave. I think that was only if you’re already in a cap-gap

    1. USCIS - Insider

      @Vutchek – it’s whichever is later. Check this link and search for “later”


  11. MP

    If you want to help, post the news which is real. How would you expect USCIS to complete the data entry within 6 days and inbetween there is sat and sun. Crazy people dont have mind before posting it, they dont even check it.

  12. Shashi

    I have two questions:
    My employer has filed petition for opening ABC and attorney says it got picked.
    They also files petition for opening XYZ sister company and there has been no update.. what should I do? Should I withdraw filings for XYZ? Would this impact my earlier petition? Please help..

    1. Anonymous

      Reporting this to USCIS so they can track down your IP address and reject both of your applications. People like you and your consultancies have caused a major impact to genuine candidates

    2. H1aspirant

      Do you realize how much harm you are causing to the fellow applicants.. people like you are the reason genuine applicants are sufferring

    3. Shashi_you_dumbfu**

      Cheaters like you should be deported immediately, I pray to god that your initial petition should be rejected and a raid should be done on your employer.

    4. Ray of Hope !!

      @Shashi, you are the perfect example of “prohibited multiple filing”….I guess we’ll see you as an example on USCIS site next year !!!

    5. mahip

      Do you realize that you wasted a lottery slot of other last-timers? I hope your other petition gets picked too. I would like to see USCIS taking action against it and posting on their website so that no one else repeats this next time.


      I hope you get deported & never allowed entry into US. You are playing with genuine applications lives &dreams. And you ask for help? Karma is going to kick you back.

    7. thesadtruth

      to everyone who’s ripping Sashi apart in the comments:
      While I despise Sashi like you all for sending two applications; it’s actually perfectly legal (granted the two filling companies are two different bona-fide companies). I had a job offer at another company before I sent my H1b application, I asked my lawyer what would happen if I wanted to take it and he explained that I’d need to file for H1b through the other company too. I decided not to pursue the opportunity and only filed one application.

      The sad fact is that this is perfectly legal; you can consult with your lawyer to confirm it. It obviously increases your chances at getting picked (if you find another company that wants to hire you and take that risk on you).

  13. TrueNews

    This is bullshit news. If you are falsely trying to put some news atleast do it with some conviction. Copy pasted last years note and changed it with this years date. You forgot to change the date on the premium processing my friend. Uscis declared that they will suspend premium processing on 20 March this year not 3rd March.

  14. sai

    Hi Raj,
    When I checked with my fedex tracking number I realized that my attorney has mailed the package to USCIS with shipper reference: H1B CAP- LAST NAME. I was looking into below details and found that all the petitions need to be filed in below format Attn:

    Question 1: Are the Shipper reference in tracking and Attn both are same?

    Question 2: I heard that USCIS does not open the packet until our application is picked in lottery. So how are the applications for Master’s cap and General Cap are differentiated?
    Is it based on Attn of our packet?

    New Petition – Regular Bachelor Degree Cap. Regular Processing:

    Attn: H-1B Bachelor Cap
    4 Lemnah Drive
    St. Albans, VT 05479-0001

    New Petition – US Master Degree Cap. Regular Processing:

    ATTN: H-1B U.S. Masters Cap
    4 Lemnah Drive
    St. Albans, VT 05479-0001

  15. USCIS - Insider

    @OPT folks & those who are getting anxious about end date change – In the past too, students could check with DSO to see end date change in SEVIS and many DSOs at universities with small international student populations are open to sharing this information. If anything, this SEVP is more helpful than constantly bugging DSO for updates. It especially helps last timers with making backup plans if they do not see any updates by the time USCIS confirms that data entry is complete. If you’re a last timer or not, you have no reason to panic until USCIS completes data entry.

    In last few years, none of the updates happened in a single day or single week so why would it be any different this year? Have patience instead of constantly posting repeated questions in forums such as “anyone’s check cashed? have you received any receipt notice? etc.” or constantly asking your attorneys. It will only annoy them more and take away time from their other activities if they’re nice enough to reply to you.

    1. SEVIS updated to 9/30

      Once a timely filing requesting a change of status to H-1B on October 1 has been made, the automatic Cap-Gap extension will begin and will continue until the H-1B petition adjudication process has been completed. If the student’s H-1B petition is selected and approved, the student’s extension of status will continue through September 30. If the student’s H-1B petition is denied, withdrawn, revoked, or is not selected, the student will have the standard 60-day grace period from the date of the rejection notice or their program end date, whichever is later, to prepare for and depart the United States.

      The statement which i found in USCIS website says the cap gap extension is automatic and will continue if selected and approved. If you are not selected or approved then it does not apply…AM I READING IT RIGHT!!

      1. lin


        In the following link, it states once you file a petition, the extension would be June/1; if your petition is pending(means it got picked but not approved yet?) or approved, the extension would be Sep/30.


        1. SEVIS updated to 9/30

          so you are saying that iam right in understanding that the CAP GAP is by default updated for everyone whose opt step expires before sept 30? And once you are not selected on lottary the end date of sept 30 does not apply anymore??

          1. administrator

            If you are in cap gap and SEVIS was updated to 9/30 means you were selected in lottery. If it was updated to June 1st means, your petition was just filed. Check the latest post on SEVIS that I posted today.

    2. Yale 2017

      I don’t think an attorney is allowed to “get annoyed” by her client’s inquiries. They can be overwhelming, but not being responsive to a client is grounds for disciplinary action by pretty much any state’s bar. . .

      1. USCIS - Insider

        @Yale 2017 – I meant everyone in general.. Not specifically attorney. They are anyway going to notify you once you get receipt notice. I don’t see what difference it makes asking again and again. With DSO maybe as they’re not obligated to notify you. But the attorney is obligated to.

  16. Final Attempt of H1B


    Yesterday i was going through all the comments above and finally i have checked my SEVP PORTAL & i have seen some change in History tab below the Source column change through SEVIS and in Description there is my EMPLOYER DETAILS and when i expand the column there is EXT NUMBER might be (phone number ) or some thing but i never see a change like date change my stem opt end date is 09/23/2018 (Sep 23 2018)

    Can you guys help me out what should i assume now

    i have contacted my DSO no response and i have contacted Lawyer they said that they Dont know anything about SEVP portal

    1. LastAttemptStillWaiting

      The only change on SEVP that might be a hint is if your stem end date gets updated to 09/30 and that will only happen if your stem expired before that time, everything else is generic system update with no relation to H1b.

  17. Genuine Applicant

    Now, I am not sure if the SEVP tool is just enabling the spread of panic or aiding AD candidates with the updates??

  18. 2ndTimerPragmatic

    This is my 2nd chance and I like to think of the worst and I plan as per..I know it’s too early to conclude anything but I’d suggest keeping backup options ready if you haven’t already if this is your last chance..by the way my Sevis portal hasn’t updated butmy OPT extn ends after 09/30. I haven’t asked my attorney yet whether the check got cashed as I am not allowed to talk to my attorney directly, my employer does that and I’d sound too desperate if I request my employer to ask the attorney.

  19. Sri

    Till we receive a reject notice, everyone is in the lottery. Dont let others down by all negative comments. People who got SEVP update, congrats. (Most likely your petition is picked). Others, lets wait till end of this month patiently as we are still in with a chance.

  20. fromGOD

    I will not be here again to read other’s speculation..
    Let’s just wait. Don’t waste your effort. The result will not be changed.

  21. a.hare

    The slack link for H1b group is

  22. AI

    So my company is registered in California but i work in Kirkland and our lawyers are based of of Wisconsin.. So mine will be California center right?

  23. Spread Positivity

    If your OPT expires in June and the SEVP got updated with employment authorization date till 9/30 by SEVIS, does that mean the h-1b application is picked?? have been seeing mixed answers on forums. Please answer

    1. AI

      Not really, I just spoke to our DSO everyone who have a date prior to 09/30 it will be updated. There is no correlation. Sorry to break the bubble. If your check got encashed then your H1B has got picked.

        1. AI

          Any changes that happen to SEVIS takes 1day to week to get updated. I spoke to them with the same issues that i read in my blog. Our DSO was good enough to share screen and show how it works and i saw people who see that Cap-gap extended were all done on 9th of april on the screen which means it updated everyone who’s opt was expiring before 1st Oct. Their i-20 also was being produced. This is done because students in a few days will come barraging esp the cap gap ones to have their i-20 reflect the new change date and this has been happening for years. This is the first time we see it on SEVP. lol . but be positive guys theirs nothing much we can do other than patiently waiting.

          1. Vina

            I don’t think it gets updated for all. USCIS cannot change the end date to Sep 30 for everyone (whose OPT ends before sep 30) and then shorten it to their respective OPT expiry dates if they are not picked. That is going to take way more time than they already have.

          2. AI

            They showed me records FY-16,17,18 3 years before this. their screen looks different and they can search CAP -GAP and all that stuff. If you were a Computer Engineer what do you think will be easier updating each record or updating all then negating all that din’t get H1B? So guys chill who din’t see any SEVP update all said i did see my changes but my happiness was ruined too.

          3. SMH

            @Al – If you were a computer engineer, you would also know the reason timestamp fields are added in databases. If there was any truth to your statement, the timestamp for all updates would have been Apr 9th, not anything else and all accounts would have been updated.

            Stop spreading rumors to make yourself feel better!!

      1. USCIS - Insider

        @AI – Either you are spreading lies or your DSO is wrong. For all the people with SEVIS end date change, DSO can see the H-1B receipt number as well. Also, this is official link from USCIS which clearly says it won’t change for people whose applications have just been “filed”.


      2. ANotherHopeful

        This is not true. Only a few in cap gap have got their dates extended
        Also, for those in cap gap and only if their SEVP got updated then their checks have been encashed.

          1. Curious

            Based on the historical trend, I don’t see any point in getting too worried about the check not being encashed until about 2nd week of May. Nothing is certain until you get the rejection.
            Good luck to all!

    1. Last chance AD

      Am from VT based location. No updates on sevp or anything. But I saw from.one vt based guys comment that sevp updated on 16th

  24. Last chance AD

    I know people whose SEVP updated on 13th, 16th and 16th. Has anyone got updates on 18th? It usually happens between 12 pm to 2 pm central times. I dont see any updates today (18th) and I havent heard from anyone getting their sevp updates today. So im not sure whether to wait anymore or not

        1. Last chance AD

          Cap gaps extension to 9/30. I have seen it happen around 1 central for my friends on 13th, 16th and 17th. I haven’t heard for anyone today

        2. Last chance AD

          Cap gaps extension to 9/30. I have seen it happen around 1 central for my friends on 13th, 16th and 17th. I haven’t heard for anyone today.

        3. Hema

          Relation to field happened to me at 12:40 yesterday. I don’t know why DSO would update it at this point. When did you create your account @2ndattempt. I created my SEVP account on April 16th and I saw the update on April 17th at 12:40

          1. 2ndAttempt

            Exactly same case. I created my account on 16th and saw the update on 17th at 12:40. Then i guess is it just the system update?

  25. Another one

    I just checked where my application went (via FedEx tracking) and it turns out that it went to VT. I originally thought that it will go to California since I work here, but the HQ of my company is in MD, so it went to regional center.
    The status changed on 4/16 at around 10:40 am (PST). I am AD, STEM. Have we seen more reports from VT?

    1. Another one

      I contacted the company’s lawyer and they have no idea why my status was extended to 9/30. They think that my DSO did that. However, DSO confirmed the status change but doen’t seem like they did it. I thrully hope that idndeed USCIS are changing the End dates in SEVP.

      1. USCIS - Insider

        Please read through this whole page: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/sevis-help-hub/student-records/fm-status/f-1-cap-gap-extension

    1. Hopeforthebest

      Does Nebraska Service Center not process H1bs? I am in Missouri but mine is sent to California Service Center. I know mine is sent to California Service Center because my employer shared Fedex Tracking Number for preliminary cap-gap purpose.

    2. I will get it....

      I think , they have changed the Process… The sending applications are based on two locations only.

      I am from TEXAS and mine have been sent to California…

      See the link https://www.uscis.gov/i-129-addresses

  26. 2nd Timer

    My employer informed me the check is cashed this morning. My STEM OPT expires in 2019, and there is no change or history edit in my SEVP portal.

    AD, California center

  27. Sriram

    Update to my previous post – Checked with my DSO after the SEVP update. She said SEVIS status indicates ” Change of status pending”.

    Will wait for receipt before raising any hope.


          1. Naruto1546

            Okay thanks Sriram. Mine got updated on April 16th as well but the down side is both my employer and DSO are not so helpful in reveling out if the cheque got cashed or if there is any update on SEVIS (With receipt number). 🙁

          2. Another one

            @Naruto1546 Same situation here. The DSO suggested contacting the laywer for the details and did not say anything about issuing a new I-20. I suppose they will only issue it when you send them the receipt notice and the change of End authorization in SEVIS is not enough for them. However, some pepople reported that their DSO has already issued a new I-20 when SEVIS changed.

          3. Sriram

            Update : Got an email from attorney regarding enchased cheque. So sequence being –

            1. Got an update on SEVP yesterday.
            2. Confirmed with DSO regarding pending status today morning.
            3. Confirmed with attorney regarding encashed cheque.

            Will keep posting as the process moves.


            Sriram (AD / 3rd Attempt/CA)

  28. H4toH1b

    My H1B did not go through thrice and i went for H4 and got an h4 ead. H1b was applied for the 4th time. no news yet and I guess SEVP update does not apply to me anymore. Is anyone in the same boat? Did anyone get approval for h4 ead to h1b conversion?

  29. losing hope now..

    Does anyone know what was the competition rate for H1B lottery this year?

    For masters (AD) and bachelors (Non-AD)?

    I am an AD applicant, filed to VT and no update on SEVP yet..

    Losing hope..

    1. Anand

      around 10-15 people have reported that SEVP portal has been updated, and you lost hope already? Chill down. Wait till April 30th atleast.

        1. Another one

          There are 94,213 Regular Cap application (quota 65,000) and 95,885 for the Master’s Cap (quota 20,000). So statistically speaking, there is higher chance to go through the Regular Cap, which is selected after the AD. I advice everyone be patient.

          1. SMH

            @losing hope now.. & @Another one – After Master’s lottery, leftover AD applications (in this case, 95,885 – 20,000 = 75,885) are added in the Regular cap lottery. So, for the 65,000 quota, the applications this year would be 94,213 + 75,885 = 170,098.

            So, statistically speaking, there is higher chance to get H1B through the Masters Cap.

          2. Another one

            @SMH Thanks, very good explanation! And IMO due to the very large number of petitions going through regular cap, it will take more time to see the changes in the SEVP Portal. At leat this is my understanding.

  30. USCIS - Insider

    @everyone who is confused or is confidently (and incorrectly saying end date change does not mean anything) – Please read through this whole page: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/sevis-help-hub/student-records/fm-status/f-1-cap-gap-extension

    1. Dontloosehope

      @USCIS Insider – from the link you posted, this is what it says:

      Effect of H-1B Petition on F-1 Status during Cap Gap:
      (Entered only through USCIS interface or SEVP data fix) SEVIS extends the F-1 status and any authorized OPT until September 30.

      This most likely means your application is now pending rather than in Filed state, which happens when lottery is picked.

  31. STEM OPT Last Chance

    Anybody got an update from California Service Center for STEM OPT whose dates are expiring after OCT 1st ? Is your SEVIP portal getting updated & if so what is it reflecting ? Or contacting DSO is the only option ?

  32. Sri

    Looks like Vermont Service Center is slow this time. All the updates related to SEVIS status or receipts in various portals/websites are from WAC service center.

    Any one here with EAC*** service center and received a receipt?

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