USCIS Expansion of Site Visit Program to L-1 Employers


In the first quarter of 2014, the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Unit will expand its "site visit" program to certain L-1 intracompany transfer petitioning employers. USCIS is primarily targeting "new office" (doing business in the U.S. for less than twelve months) L-1 petitions because there is a perception that "new office" L-1 petitioners are often fraudulent "paper companies," but any L-1 employer should be prepared.

Because Blanket L cases are filed directly with the consulate without the need for a petition approved by USCIS, it would seem that the site visits would not include Blanket cases. We do not yet know whether individual L-1 petitioners outside of "new office" cases will be visited.

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