U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced plans to conduct 25,000 site visits this fiscal year in connection with H-1B petitions filed by U.S. employers. The purpose for the visits is to confirm that the information provided by the employer to USCIS in the H-1B petition is accurate and that the employee is working at the location specified and being paid the salary stated in the petition. The number of site visits is a five-fold increase from the previous fiscal year.

These kinds of site visits are typically unannounced and are conducted by non-governmental persons with whom USCIS has contracted to perform these informational gathering visits. Part of the visit requires a brief interview with the H-1B nonimmigrant to confirm information provided to USCIS in the H-1B petition filed by the employer.