Monday, May 17, 2010
DHS visits H1-B employers!!
The Department of Homeland Security has begun increasing the number of inspections conducted at companies that employ H1-B workers. This is done in an effort to cut down on the number or H1-B applications containing fraud and technical violations. It is said that CIS suspects one in five applications contain fraud and technical violations. These employers chosen for inspection are done at random and should have a “Public Access File” available for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer. Employers are entitled to have their attorney present in-person or telephonically. The ICE officers will request your Public Access File. They will also request to speak to the person representing the company on the application as well as the H1-B employee and other employees on site. Your public access file should include a complete copy of the H1-B application filed with USCIS. In order to prepare for this inspection, it is recommended that one person at the company be responsible for handling the inspection should the need arise.