Employer Site Visits By USCIS:
As of April 2017, USCIS has announced an increase in efforts to detect and deter what it considers abuses of the H1B visa system by employers. USCIS has announced it will increase audits of employer sites where H1B employees are employed.
“ USCIS will focus on:
Cases where USCIS cannot validate the employer’s basic business information through commercially available data;
- H-1B-dependent employers (those who have a high ratio of H-1B workers as compared to U.S. workers, as defined by statute); and
- Employers petitioning for H-1B workers who work off-site at another company or organization’s location.
Targeted site visits will allow USCIS to focus resources where fraud and abuse of the H-1B program may be more likely to occur, and determine whether H-1B dependent employers are evading their obligation to make a good faith effort to recruit U.S. workers.
USCIS will continue random and unannounced visits nationwide. These site visits are not meant to target nonimmigrant employees for any kind of criminal or administrative action but rather to identify employers who are abusing the system. “
See, USCIS website at: Combating Fraud and Abuse in the H-1B Visa Program
We urge employers to review their policies and procedures in case of office visits by USCIS agents. Review and advanced preparation will eliminate surprises and delays in employer’s ongoing business activities.
Our office is available to consult and prepare adequate policies and procedures for H1B and other employers who have employed non-US citizen workers.
Law Office of Atoosa Vakili
US Immigration Legal Services
100 Spectrum Center Drive, Suite 900
Irvine, CA 92618