The anticipated start date is Monday, April 1st, 2019. 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 October 1st, 2019, which means they should begin accepting applications for FY 2020 beginning April 1st, 2019.

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When does the H-1B visa 2020 Season start?  What is the start date?
  • H-1B Regular Quota : 65,000 visas

  • H-1B 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. Nothing new has been proposed by the Trump Administration regarding changing cap count.

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What is the H-1B visa 2020 Quota for Regular and Masters filings ?
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H-1B visa petition filing involves USCIS fees for certain things and attorney fees, which varies by company size, and attorney or law firm involved in the case.  As of the FY 2019 season, the fees can range anywhere from $1,600 USD to $7,400 USD. Also, the  premium processing fee increased from $1,225 to $1,410, effective October 1st, 2018.

H-1B Fees:

Base filing fee



$750  or $1,500

Fraud prevent & detection fee


Fee based on Public Law 114-113 ( if applicable)


Premium processing fee (Optional)

$1,410 ( from Oct 1, 2018)

Immigration Attorney Fee

Varies depending on attorney or firm

What is H-1B 2020 Filing Fee?

Generally speaking, immigration attorneys do not provide information on how to “find” a sponsor. However, depending on your situation, you would be in one of two scenarios, if you are seeking an H-1B sponsor.

  • F1 Student in U.S.: You can find an internship or co-op at an employer who can sponsor  H-1B visas and ask them to sponsor your H-1B. You can continue to work on OPT once you graduate as well.

  • International Professionals: If you are outside of the U.S. working in a company with U.S. offices (parent or subsidiary), it can be tricky to seek sponsorship with all the latest rules by the Trump administration. Your best bet is to find an multinational company (MNC) and work through them to sponsor your H-1B visa. It is up to you to negotiate and ask them to take a chance.

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How do I find H-1B visa 2020 sponsors or continue my professional employment under H-1B?
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Will there be a lottery for the H-1B 2020 season? What are the predictions? How many petitions will be in the  H-1B 2020 Lottery?

Given the trend in previous years, it is very likely that we would have a lottery for the FY 2020 quota. The Trump administration is planning to revive the original 2011 Pre-Registration rule for H-1B seekers and is listed as part of the Spring 2018 Regulatory agenda. So, we may see some changes, but, as of now, nothing has changed.   

What’s the latest news on H-1B Visa 2020?
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There has been no reported news related to the H-1B 2020 season as of yet. The only recent change to the FY 2020 season is the extension and increase in premium processing fees. It is still up in the air as to whether or not the USCIS will have premium processing fees for FY 2020 as they have suspended it until Feb 2019 for petitions filed in April 2018 under the FY 2019 quota.