USCIS H1B Site Visit Documents, Coronavirus Effects

USCIS H1B site visit for verifying employer ID card, physical work location, daily work assignments. Interview over phone in Coronavirus, email documents. How to avoid scams.

Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta    Updated  22 Mar, 20

USCIS H1B site visit is performed physically to verify the H1B or L visa work location and real work.

USCIS’s FDNS department conducts these surprise visits for people who are deployed at client work locations. H1B Full time employees can also expect these visits.

USCIS H1B Site Visit in CoronaVirus

On Mar 17, 2020, Law firm Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) confirmed to Forbes in one of the articles that USCIS will not conduct H1B site visits if employer has closed the office.

Since then, USCIS has made multiple changes and have closed all personal contact services even for cases where the employer office is open.

USCIS will not do any H1b site visits at closed offices
USCIS will not do any H1b site visits at closed offices

On Mar 20, 2020: One of our guests reported privately that a USCIS FDNS officer contacted the employer and then called H-1b employees directly over the phone instead of visiting the office physically during Coronavirus emergency week.

USCIS fraud detection officer asked about the Job description, supervisor, salary and work location over the phone.

The officer then asked H1B employee to submit these documents via email directly to the officer:

  • Copy of work ID card
  • List of job duties performed on a daily basis.
  • A copy of college degree
  • Last four pay stubs
USCIS h1b site visit documents requested
USCIS h1b site visit documents requested
Should we answer H1B Questions if we get a Direct Call from a USCIS officer?

USCIS officers do not call H1B workers directly over the phone normally. They usually first contact the employer.

In the example case, the officer first contacted the H1B employer and then called directly on the employee’s phone.

Employee was not aware of the officer and thought that it might be a scam call.
Employer should have notified the employee about this situation so that the employee would expect any such call.

Should I email my H1B documents if Someone requests them to send by email?

The first thing to do is to contact your employer attorney and share the information about this USCIS officer’s call. If the employer has not been notified first, then it most probably is a scam call.

You should send your H1B documents to someone who can be legitimately verified.

Ask them to send you an email from their official USCIS email address.
Official email address should look like:

Do not email your documents if you cannot verify the USCIS email address.

Does the phone call show the official USCIS number?

The phone call number may not show the USCIS’s official name. You need to be extra careful while disclosing any of your personal or work information over the phone.

You should first clearly ask the officer to identify himself with his name, ID and a USCIS email address.

You can politely say that you need officer’s information to protect your own Identify theft.

Can USCIS official email address be spoofed?

Emails can be spoofed easily. You should confirm the email address by looking the actual host first.

USCIS Officer Questions – Physical Visit

The officer normally asks you to show your employer ID card, physical work location and speak about your daily work assignments.

You may be asked to log-in to your computer and show what software you use to perform your daily job. Your client manager may be asked questions about your work too.

#1 Questions About H1B

  1. What is your present full time employment location?
  2. Name and address of end client;
  3. Which other location you visit for meeting and training?
  4. What is your hire date? What day did you start working at end client’s location?
  5. What is your position title?
  6. What are your duties?
  7. How many hours per week do you work?
  8. What is your work schedule?

#2 Work History Questions

  1. Name of company you worked for in past.
  2. What were your position (s)/ title?
  3. Work location.
  4. How long?

#3 Education Questions

  1. What institution of higher education did you attend?
  2. What was your educational major?
  3. What years did you attend and when were you awarded your degree?

You should be very careful in answering questions about your client manager’s role in giving daily assignments, hiring and firing decisions, performance appraisal if you are working at a client site. Remember that a person on your H1B employer’s direct payroll should have all these powers for you and not your client manager.

Whatever you show and speak is recorded and then compared with what is written in your H1B application.

If there is a serious mismatch found between what you are doing and your approval for, the officer can recommend revoking your H1B.

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