USCIS started the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program in July 2009 as an additional way to verify information in certain visa petitions. Under this program, Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) officers make unannounced visits to collect information as part of a compliance review.
What is a compliance review?
A compliance review verifies whether petitioners and beneficiaries are following the immigration laws and regulations that are applicable in a particular case. This process includes researching information in government systems, reviewing public records and evidence accompany the petition, and interviewing the petitioner and beneficiary. It also includes conducting site visits.
Participating in a site visit is voluntary, but strongly encouraged
At any point, if the petitioner or beneficiary expresses an unwillingness to participate, the site inspector will terminate the visit. The inspector will complete the report using the data available and indicate that the site visit was terminated at the request of the petitioner or beneficiary. The compliance review will include a follow-up with the petitioner and beneficiary by phone, fax or email
Types of petitions subject to site visits
As of fiscal year 2014, FDNS conducts compliance-review site visits on:
Religious worker petitions (before and after adjudication)
H-1B petitions (after adjudication)
L-1 petitions (after adjudication)
How site visits are chosen
FDNS conducts site visits on randomly selected petitioners after USCIS adjudicates their petitions, and on all religious worker petitioners before adjudication.
Site inspector tasks
* Verify the information, including supporting documents, submitted with the petition;
* Verify that the petitioning organization exists;
* Review public records and information on the petitioning organization;
* Conduct unannounced site visits to where the beneficiary works;
* Take photographs;
* Review documents;
* Interview personnel to confirm the beneficiary’s work location, physical workspace, hours, salary and duties; and
* Speak with the beneficiary.
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