USCIS to Conduct Targeted H-1B Site Visits


Today USCIS announced in an e-mail to stakeholders that it will begin conducting targeted H-1B site visits in addition to the random site visits it already performs. In its announcement, USCIS defined three priorities for these targeted site visits:

1) Cases where USCIS cannot validate the employer's basic business information through commercially available data;
2) H-1B-dependent employers; and
3) Employers petitioning for H-1B workers who work offsite at another company or organization's location.

Whether a company is H-1B-dependent depends on the size of the company and how many of its U.S. workers are employed in H-1B status. Specifically, a company is H-1B-dependent if it has:

• 25 or fewer full-time employees and at least 8 H-1B workers;
• 26 to 50 full-time employees and at least 13 H-1B workers; or
• 51 or more full-time employees, with 15% or more of the employees working in H-1B status.

Please contact your Goel & Anderson attorney if you have any questions about how this change could affect your organization.