H-1B Site Visits Expected to Increase

The Department of Homeland Security recently released a report focusing on immigration process fraud, and in particular the H-1B visa program. Among the report’s recommendations are that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conduct more targeted site visits “to determine if the H-1B employer’s representations concerning the worker, worker’s location, work duties, and compensation are accurate”. Employers should prepare for these site visits by ensuring documentation is in order, familiarizing themselves with the approved H-1B petition, and notifying employees that these visits are “a normal part of engaging non-citizen workers”.

On the purpose of H-1B site visits, JDSupra says:

The purpose of the site visits is to determine if the H-1B employer’s representations concerning the worker, worker’s location, work duties and compensation are accurate. Essentially, the inquiry is whether the employment circumstances are consistent with the information presented to USCIS in the approved H-1B petition.

For more information about site visits, please click here.