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

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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  1. Has anybody gotten away with a small mistake in their LCA? My employer made a mistake of writing 101 as opposed to the actual address 201, which I found out after they submitted the application. I received the receipt on April 14 but have not heard anything after that. Wondering if I will get a RFE or would it just slip the crack

  2. Hi Kumar,
    My H1-B extn filed 4 months back ( receipt date 27-mar-2018) and its still in received state. Any idea how long they take to process the extension under normal processing ?

    Thanks in advance !

    • In case if your I94 is expired and waiting for the approval, then make sure it should be within 240 days from the date of you I94 expiry, other option you can ask employer to file a new petition under premium processing. Don’t wait till the last minute, these days getting approval is not easy.

  3. We received my unselected application yesterday.

    Vermont Center

    Congrats to all who made it through ?
    And to those who didn’t, keep your heads up. Don’t look at this as a setback but as a step forward in a different direction. Use this opportunity as incentive to do greater/bigger things!

    • I am still waiting on this;

      On April 12, 2018, we received your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number WACXXXXXXXXXX, and sent you the receipt notice that describes how we will process your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice. If you do not receive your receipt notice by May 12, 2018, please call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283. If you move, go to www.uscis.gov/addresschange to give us your new mailing address.

      any suggestion?

  4. Received H1B Approval Notice from Attorney today. AD Last Attempt.

    Received Date : 04/12/18
    Notice Date: 05/04/18

    Working in Saas company HQ in San Francisco. No update in uscis website though! All the best everyone. !!

  5. Hi,

    I got my receipt on May 10 but when I enter my WAC in the USCIS site to check my case status it says cannot recognize the receipt number entered. Has it happened to anyone?

    • you have to wait for 2 months. This is same for me as well. i checked with USCIS and internal immigration team. same answer.

    • Sometimes this happens. Did you try in both the sites of USCIS?

      • Hi Ram,

        I have checked both the sites, “https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/” site says my case is approved but “https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do” site says the case has been received.

        Do you know what is happening here? Also, do you know how long does it take to receive that approval notice once after it has been approved?

    • Hi AK,

      I’m anand. My situation is similar to yours.

      Were you able to see the status on .gov website?
      what is the latest update on your case? did you receive any thing by today.

      Please share your experience.

  6. My SEVP got updated on 4/27, my DSO denied to print a new i20 for Cap-Gap, I had to request a travel i20 and my DSO did actually print one and I see a receipt number. I reached out to my employer and attorney and there’s no sign of a receipt yet.

    ANy ideas what needs to be done?

    • wait for a week. May be some mail delay or missed out talk to your employer once the receipt number is seen in i20 . They can follow up with USCIS.

  7. Haven’t received a receipt notice yet? Can anyone share if they received receipt notices during June ?
    Just want to know if its game over for me 🙁

    • Unfortunately there is no stipulated time frame. They process cases in random manner. So stay positive and keep tracking your case! There is no definite answer/time frame.

  8. My case tracker through my company shows “Closed – Closed – Pending Adjudication ”
    Anyone knows what this means? Till this date I still have not received any type of communication from USCIS or my lawyer. Is all hope lost?

    • Same here..not sure if we should still hope as all of colleagues who had applied with me have their receipt numbers..

    • If you are working for an MNC, it is common that they delay in announcing the visa results. So check with your colleagues on this too. That will give u better idea.

      • i havent heard of receiving rejection notice yet. will post here if i get any update. it will come around june end

    • why not? I am not asking for any personal details. My only intention was to know if USCIS has started sending out notifications in case your application was not picked.
      Sorry if it hurt your feelings.

    • If somebody received a reject notice and do not mind to share I really appriciate that. I will do the same when I receive mine. Knowing that USCIS starts to send reject notices help us to prepare a next plan in our life, I want to know what to do with my rent contract, for example, which is due until august first and I should advise my landlord one month in advance whether I will stay or not. thank you!

  9. I am geeting error onhttps://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/mycasestatus.do;jsessionid=65B4A20139528DF583EC3B8AB25F9D92
    My Case Status does not recognize the receipt number entered. Please check your receipt number and try again. If you need further assistance, please call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283.

    What does mean ?

      • Ram, is this typical? My case was received on April 19th, Case tracker still shows that the case number is invalid. My only solace is the USCIS myaccount site which shows case received. Should I be worried?

  10. Hi Admin,

    Can you share some insight on why USCIS may issue RFE for following scenarios. As per different forums, people have got this:

    1) CPT exceeding 12 months: First at first MS and then at EMBA.
    2) CPT + OPT exceeding 12 months: Everyone with one MS, CPT, OPT and STEM will have this extension.

  11. Hi All,

    I have recently received emails and text messages with status updates from USCIS about my previously approved (May 2017) EAD for OPT. The emails and text messages say things like “Your case ******** is now updated.” “There has been a recent processing action taken on your case” and more. They’ve also provided a USPS tracking number but the USPS tracking says “Label not yet created”.

    Does anyone have any idea what this means? Is it related to my H1B application at all? Is it a USCIS bug?

    Has anyone else experienced this?


    • I saw this on other forum:



      Hi Guys,

      Got an RFE stating I exceeded 12 months of CPT on same level. It states since I used 6 months during masters A and I am now using cpt for Executive MBA, I might have exceeded the 12 month CPT at the same level

      It is requesting for:
      Submit a detailed statement, along with supporting evidence to explain the periods of time the beneficiary was granted practical training at the same educational level.

      Any thoughts on how to approach this please and has anyone gotten this question before?

  12. My case status is still same Case Was Received, I got the receipt by first week on May, any idea how much time it will take for next stage or status to update?

    Thanks in advance for your valuable inputs.

      • My Notice date is April 17 and I still haven’t received any update. There is nothing to be done from our end except to wait. USCIS has no definite approach about issuing approvals. Others input is not going to help your immigration process in anyway in this matter. Wait till end of September! Good Luck

    • It takes time for processing. Please be patient and keep tracking your case. Since all cases are in normal processing, there is no definite time frame for approval.
      Good luck!

  13. I didn’t understand! If I dont land up with H1 then joining college is the only option I am left with. I plan to get CPT after 8 months and then move ahead on OPT.
    I am still waiting for H1 lottery results.
    What should I do?

  14. Hi,

    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.

  15. After getting reciept number.what will be the next?
    Please can anyone tell me..will I get any update for next process?

  16. Has anyone else on here received an RFE? My case status was updated to RFE. How long does it take them to mail it out? Any experiences to share? What if my case is denied after RFE?

    • It depends on what is in the RFE and how your lawyer responds to it. If your case is straightforward do not worry.
      If and when you petition is denied, you should plan ahead, some people like to stay in the US on a dependent visa, some joint a school other go to their home country.

      • Thanks.. Honestly, I am not sure of my case. I did an internship for a while and I don’t know how unpaid work will look on my file. My husband is here on H1 so I have to figure out how to stay with him. I have an MS and an MBA and a good career so its very hard to give all that up if I have to. Really worried about the proposed new rules and what it will mean for me if I need to use CPT.. I have all the information on hand, just worried.. I heard that lot of people got RFEs and denials after RFEs last year. Thankfully my company is willing to pay for everything and resolve the issues ASAP. If premium processing opens up, they said they will pay. I heard from someone that if it gets denied I don’t have to go through the cap again? Surely, that is not the case?

          • Sure, I did my MS in Biotech from Johns Hopkins, did an internship briefly (few months) then got married. I had some issues with finding a job and wanted to do an MBA so went back for my MBA from here too. Then work here. They applied for my H1 before I even started. My OPT ends soon.

          • Wow thats awesome, I think you should be OK as per your credentials.
            I am sure its just something minor.
            Let us know once you know more about your RFE. It would be helpful for the rest of them
            Good Luck

          • Thank you.. I’m really nervous about all of it.. I finally land my dream job and then all this bs :/ At least the HR is nice and coordinates well with me. Good luck to you too!

    • Some times the RFEs are also regarding where you were staying and whether the place was rented etc. Someone I know got such request.

      It will help if you can update here as your case moves on. Without your attorney getting any “paper” notification regarding what the RFE is for, please don’t trouble yourself with random thoughts.

      All the best.

  17. I haven’t received any news from lawyer for H1 FY2019.
    How long should I wait ?
    Can I join college for different background such as Analyst or Accountant ?
    I’m from Engineering background.

  18. Guys, keep fingers crossed,
    I just received the receipt no. from my employer.
    non-AD, California, Software Engineer.

    That means, every genuine person has a chance still….. Best of luck guys… this was my 4th time.. I almost lost all hopes.

  19. Hi All,

    On May 19th my case status is updated to “Case was received at my local office” from “Case was received”. What does this mean and would be the next steps?

    Thank you,

    • It means your file moved from one center to another. It’s done for load balancing. By law, USCIS is supposed to notify petitioner/attorney about any updated w.r.t to the case/file.

      Please read here: https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-completes-data-entry-fiscal-year-2019-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions

      “Additionally, USCIS may transfer some Form I-129 H-1B cap subject petitions between the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center to balance the distribution of cap cases. If your case is transferred, you will receive notification in the mail. After receiving the notification, please send all future correspondence to the center processing your petition.

  20. Unfortunately if your checks haven’t cleared by now, because data entry was completed, it’s high unlikely that you have been selected in the lottery.

    Non-AD, 2nd time for H1B application. No reject receipt received yet however attorney informed me that check hasn’t cleared after data entry was completed so I have given up!

    Congrats to everyone who was selected.

  21. Please someone tell me that should I wait for sometime like till May end?
    Is there a hope for a miracle or is it all over?
    First time-non AD

  22. Got selection in lottery email from Frag on Monday 05/15
    USCIS mail says:
    Received on: 04/12
    Notice date: 05/02/2018
    California center
    “…sent you the receipt notice that describes how we will process your case. Please follow the instructions in the notice…. “

  23. Hi All,

    Anyone from the Vermont Center? I have seen till now that almost everyone who got selected is from CA center.
    Is there still any hope for me now? I am
    Non-AD first time Vermont Center.
    My consultant has asked me to wait till the end of May before making further plans.

    Please help! What should I do?

  24. Hello,

    I Got receipt last week from fragomen, but when i checked the case status using the receipt number ,It shows error or invalid receipt number 🙁
    Anyone having the same issue with USCIS portal ?

    • Yeah same here! Could be an issue with the uscis website. They told me to wait for a month max and get back to them if the issue persists

      • Guys,

        Please take effort to read previous comments. Use this link: https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov

        Which updates faster than USCIS case status check here: https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/displayLogon.do

        • @ Jai

          Thank you so much brother…I have been trying for long in the second link you gave…. In the link https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov , I am able to see that my case has been received by them.

          Thank you once again…

  25. Does the SEVP portal get updated when your STEM OPT gets approved? I saw some entries by SEVIS in the history tab on Monday. Checked the status on ‘USCIS Case Status’ and it says card was mailed to me. Nothing really changed in the portal though.

  26. I am Non-AD STEM 1st time
    Haven’t heard anything or seen any updates on SEVP Portal
    I contacted our company attorney and she’s not responding…
    And my STEM opt case is still “Received”
    OMG! so stressful here

    • Hi! I received a scanned copy of receipt from my lawyer yesterday afternoon. Non-AD STEM. No update on SEVP even though my OPT expires before Sep. So there might still be hope!

  27. I have also applied for H1b visa but din get any update yet. Are there any chances of getting any good news because i have heard that USCIS has uploaded their portal for the same.

  28. Has anyone got any approvals for VT center?

    All cap-gap people: what are you planning if you do not get approval by Sept 30th ?

      • If you have not yet noticed..then people have started getting approvals already…I am just asking for feedback so that I can plan. Even a small thing takes weeks to get done in my firm, so I have to plan as soon as possible.FYI…I did the same even when I was waiting for my receipt(in case I don’t get picked)

        I have been through this phase..and I understand what you are going through..this system is frustrating and unfair. But, no one achieves anything by taking out your frustration on other people. So chill…if you don’t like someone’s comment/query/concern you always have the option of scrolling

        • It’s a public forum. I will decide whether to scroll down or respond. 🙂 Also, no offence but i was just suggesting that you might be really early with your concern. It’s very apparent as no-one has addressed your concern yet.

  29. Update.
    AD/CA service center
    Received date: 4/12
    Notice date: 4/13
    Approved date: 5/16 per USCIS portal

    Master Degree from US, Wage Level 1, small company

    I wish all genuine applicants can make it. Wage Level is not issue.

  30. Status Update!!

    Receipt notice 4/13.
    SEVP changed 4/16
    Approved 05/15

    Good luck to those waiting.

    AD/1st Attempt/California Center

  31. Non-AD, STEM OPT here:

    Got SEVP Portal update from my DSO on Monday 14th of May (EAD expiration extension). Today got Fragomen’s confirmation notice.

    Just adding to the information collection for reference

    • Can you describe your SEVP update? Was it just ‘relation to field’ or did your last date get updated as well?

  32. hello all!
    I am a first time NON-AD applicant. If the checks have not been encashed, nor did I get a receipt nor was my SEVIS updated, is it 100% certain I WAS NOT SELECTED? Please, help. Need to buy this flight ticket home soon haha 🙂

  33. Day-1 CPT. I have heard mixed reviews about it everywhere. I don’t need to use it but recently one of my colleague believes he didn’t get picked in h1B after 3 tries as he hasn’t received anything yet. We wok for very large tech company and have a big name immigration company representing us. They gave him three options to continue employment:

    1- Enroll in Day-1 CPT schools. They will provide list of schools that give day-1 CPT upon enrollment. This coming from lawyer, certainly makes is feel like there may not be legal issues for folks who have to take this route.

    2- O1 Visa: Almost impossible to qualify.

    3- Go back to india or other country when employer has offices and work from there for 1 year and reapply for H1B.

    So what it feels like to me if a well reputed immigration company provides you with Day-1 CPT option and list of schools to target , there certainly can’t be much legal risk to go with this option. Please take your emotion out and respond with facts and provide evidence if you believe otherwise.

    • Option 3 is the safest. If you won’t share the name of the immigration firm or the very big tech company, noone can help you. Because the premise of your opinion is based on the fact that because the advice comes from a big company it must be plausible. You are a special kind of gandu.

      • As i said, I don’t need to use any of those options for next couple of years. Also, i asked to present argument with facts and evidence but you failed to do so and stoop down to name calling. You are just hopeless.

    • Have you stopped to consider that your interests and the company’s interests are different? They just want you to be able to work currently within the country for next 1 year, and do not care the complications that would arise from using Day 1 CPT going ahead.

      Even if you somehow do get selected and approved and stamped, there is always a chance that this H1b will be rescinded later by the USCIS. It will obviously negatively affect your H1b extensions and GC process, if it comes to that.

      So, think carefully about the differing motivations you two have. Consult an immigration attorney on your own and see what comes up.

      • Thanks I am not planning to pursue any of options in next couple of years. Best case is i get selected this year [tiny it of hope] or next. 🙂 But it’s always good to know and evaluate your options down the road. Do you know any case(s) or someone, where H1B was rejected purley down to applicant using day-1 CPT? I am just trying to find out if day-1 CPT is really bad for your future as immigrant.

        • If your company has a remote office, I would advise to work overseas for the next year and re apply. If thats a no, and you still don’t want to go to India no matter what you could choose the Day 1 CPT. One of my close friend started Day 1 CPT last year and his H1 was picked in lottery last month. I am not sure whats the outcome of his petition is going to be, but you could take a risk if thats what you want. I have also personally seen someone who studied in such college and getting into trouble during their H1 extension (ultimately got the visa). But I feel this program had always been a burden to people and with the new rules theres going to be additional scrutiny. Good Luck !!!

        • USCIS has pretty much made it clear that Day 1 CPT is illegal and people doing so are doing at a massive risk. It issued a new memo recently about ‘unlawful presence’ in the country as well, and there is a good chance working on Day 1 CPT falls under that.

          As far as your case is concerned, I would advise you to not get ahead of yourself. USCIS is planning on revamping F1 and OPT policies going ahead, so we don’t know what else could happen.

          • Other aspect to consider is what will happen in the future? The guidelines in the future might explicitly make Day1 CPT illegal or do not provide an H1B to such folks or something along those lines. The ones on Day1 CPT at that time might face more complications.

  34. If anyone who gets the receipt on/after May 15th (data entry finishing) please let us know from here. I am still waiting for the updates even the chances are low. Much appreciated and good luck to everyone!

    • I saw my SEVP update on 4/27, but I haven’t receive any receipt yet, no update from Employer and DSO says he’s not obligated to share any information…it just makes me think if this update correlates to H1 being picked. 🙁

  35. 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.


  36. Hi all,

    Quick question. Do both my employer and my lawyer receive a receipt notice? Or is it only my employer?

    I’m worried my employer will overlook the receipt as something normal and not notify me. He can be a bit forgetful…


  37. I am Non-AD. Last week(05/07/2018) I got my receipt notice (dated: 04/12/2018) from Attorney. I was checking my case from that day , it is showing as “Case was received”. My Attorney told me on this monday 05/14 my petition got approved (He will not share me the approval notice now itself). I was really surprised that it got approved with in a month. But when I check the case status online it is still showing as “Case was received”. I couldn’t cross question him. But does the case status tool of USCIS will not have updated status ? when can I expect the status reflected in case status portal ?

    • Did you check here: https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov

      Looks like this links updates faster than account status checked here: https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/displayLogon.do

    • Hi All,

      I have filed my petition through employer who is in USa,They have shared my lca number,fedex courier receipt number.
      even lca doesn’t show my name anywhere in that document.
      how i will know whether my pettion picked in lottery or not?

  38. Congrats to ones who got selected. You deserved it,. Good Luck.

    For rest like me, see you same time next year. Keep fighting and don’t lose hope. Adios till then, amigos.

    • Nah. I’m done with this country and this process. Good luck for people wanting to continue with this bullshit every year. It has eaten up 3 years of my life, and I don’t want to spend any more time to this.

    • Yes, I think we will see you next year. I lost all my hopes for this one. Gracias for the information! 😉

  39. If the data entry is completed for 2019 and there is no check cashed till today, that means there would be no check cashed after here for this year ?



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