The USCIS has started to implement the application of its Web-based tool "Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises" (VIBE), which was designed to enhance adjudications of certain employment-based immigration petitions. VIBE uses commercially available data to validate basic information about companies or organizations petitioning to employ foreign national workers on a temporary and permanent basis.
VIBE allows USCIS to electronically receive commercially available information from an independent information provider (IIP), using Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) databases, about a petitioning company or organization including:
- 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; and
- Current physical address.
A USCIS officer will review all information received through VIBE along with the evidence submitted by the petitioner. Adjudicators will use the information provided from VIBE to verify the petitioner’s qualifications.
The application of VIBE is now resulting in some employers receiving requests for evidence (RFEs), which cause delays in processing. USCIS is issuing RFEs when the information provided in an employment-based petition conflicts with the D&B databases that feed the VIBE system. Therefore, employers are advised to check their D&B profiles for mistakes and take action to update and correct any inaccuracies.