USCIS has released more details about its new fraud detection program marked by surprise site visits, according to AILA. During DHS’ recent program on employment-based visa fraud, the Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) office, explained the three types of site visits it is conducting:

1. Risk Assessment Program fraud study. These visits involve any type of benefit program, including family and employment-based. This study is part of a joint program between USCIS and ICE. Applications and petitions are chosen at random, usually post approval, for visits to help in designing profiles of potential fraud.

2. Targeted site visits. These visits occur when fraud is suspected. The investigator shows up in person to ask questions related to the suspected fraud. Advance notice, including notice to counsel, is supposed to be provided.

3. Administrative site visits. These visits involve the religious worker and H-1B petitions. They generally are conducted by contractors who may have no knowledge of  immigration law. Religious worker visits are performed under the regulations for that category. For H-1B site visits, the contractors have been equipped with a set of specific questions. The questions concern issues of whether an employer really exists, whether the employer knows it filed the petition, and whether the beneficiary is doing the work and receiving the wage indicated on the petition. H-1B visits are done on a post-adjudication basis, and are randomly selected. Each employer should receive only one such visit, but may receive different visits for different sites.

For more information on these H-1B site visits, please read our article “H-1B Fraud Detection Site Visits in Full Swing. What Should You Expect?.”

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This blog is authored by Employee and H-1B Rights Attorney Michael Brown of the law firm of Peterson, Berk & Cross, and Immigration Attorney Vonda K. Vandaveer of the law firm V.K. Vandaveer, P.L.L.C.

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