USCIS has begun the beta testing of a new tool called the Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises (“VIBE”). VIBE is purported to enhance and assist USCIS in assessing employers filing employment based immigration petitions. The VIBE system will utilize commercially available data from independent information providers such as Dun and Bradstreet, and will allow USCIS to validate basic information about companies or organizations filing employment based petitions. USCIS has stated that it will not deny a petition based exclusively on information obtained via the VIBE system, rather, that it would give the petitioner an opportunity to respond to agency concerns regarding the business. Employers are hoping to avoid the obstacles they faced when the Department of Labor used a similar commercially available database to implement its iCERT Portal, resulting in numerous Labor Condition Application denials for allegedly incorrect Federal Employer Identification Numbers.
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