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Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises

USCIS will now implement the web-based Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises (VIBE) tool. This tool will be used by USCIS while adjudicating certain types of employment based petitions. VIBE will use available data to validate basic information about companies or organizations petitioning to employ alien workers. Petitions included in this validation process are: Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129), Immigration Petition for an Alien Worker (Form I-140); and Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant (Form I-360). Information that will be checked by USCIS will include:

  • Business activities, such as type of business (North American Industry Classification System code), trade payment information and status (active or inactive);
  • Financial standing, including sales volume and credit standing
  • Number of employees, including onsite and globally
  • Relationships with other entities, including foreign affiliates
  • Status, for example whether it is a single entity, branch, subsidiary, or headquarters
  • Ownership and legal status, such as LLC, partnership or corporation
  • Company executives
  • Date of establishment as a business entity
  • Current physical address
USCIS will use reports made out by Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) to obtain this information. In order for companies to avoid any issues when filing a petition we recommend that you update your company information with D&B as soon as you know that you will be filing a petition for a prospective employee. Please contact D&B to obtain a copy of the company’s current report:

By calling 1-800-234-DUNS (3867)

By using their Internet-based service at www.dnb.com/eupdate

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