Still More H-1B Scrutiny- Work Site Visits

The administration’s continued scrutiny of H-1B professional workers became even more intense last week when U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) released a report that called for increased targeted site improvements for H-1B workers as a means to improve the “Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program.” This comes on the heels of the massive number of Request for Evidence (RFE) letters that challenged employers to document the Level 1 wage requested in many H-1B applications and additional proof of the professional nature of the job. The new report signals more frequent and intensive worksite inspections by the Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Unit which has been conducting random inspections for years. FDNS inspectors may arrive at H-1B employee offices without prior notice. To prepare for these visits, employers should do the following:

  • Prepare the HR Department by identifying and reviewing all H1B employees including:
    • Job Titles
    • Job Duties as described in applications
    • Salary
    • Educational and Experience background
  • Make sure to verify the credentials of any inspector, including names and contact information. Inspectors should readily provide business cards

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