In the past two weeks, agents of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have been making random unannounced site visits to a number of employers around the country. They have asked to see a variety of documents related to H-1B employees, and have even asked permission to take photographs of the employers’ offices and the employees’ workstations.
These site visits are part of an enhanced enforcement effort on the part of the USCIS. Unlike the site visits during the Bush administration, these visits are not aimed at rounding up undocumented workers employed by companies known to scoff at the immigration laws. Rather, the new focus, at least at this point, appears to be on employers of H-1B workers. The inspectors are verifying the bona fides of the employer, and asking questions about the terms of the employment..