USCIS Announces Further Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse Featured

  07 April 2017

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced multiple measures to further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse.

The H-1B visa program is intended to help U.S. companies recruit highly-skilled foreign nationals when there is a shortage of qualified workers in the country. Specifically, the USCIS will take a more targeted approach when making site visits across the country to H-1B petitioners and the worksites of H-1B employees. 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.

The USCIS has also established an email address which will allow individuals (including both American workers and H-1B workers who suspect they or others may be the victim of H-1B fraud or abuse) to submit tips, alleged violations and other relevant information about potential H-1B fraud or abuse. Information submitted to the email address will be used for investigations and referrals to law enforcement agencies for potential prosecution. Read more here.