Immigration Alert: Increased H-1B Onsite Visits 

On October 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General released a report outlining recommendations to improve the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program and targeted site visits for H-1B non-immigrant workers.

What Employers and Foreign Nationals Can Expect 

The USCIS’s Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Unit already conducts random inspections at worksites of non-immigrant employees. However, in line with the DHS’s new report along with the Administration’s prior notices on implementing enhanced vetting procedures, we anticipate that DHS will likely be conducting more frequent and more thorough onsite visits.

FDNS inspectors may arrive at H-1B employee offices without advance notice. Below are some practical tips to prepare for site visits:

Please contact immigration counsel if you have specific questions about the nature and scope of site visits and how to prepare.

For more information on the Administration’s prior announcements, please see Gibney’s alerts regarding the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order and enhanced vetting procedures.

Gibney will continue to closely monitor these developments. For more information on this alert, please contact your designated Gibney representative, or email