Here are some strategies for ensuring your business is ready when USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) inspectors arrive to review your expat population. While these visits may feel uncomfortable, you can prepare your employees ahead of time to gain peace of mind.
The article details three areas that can lead to scrutiny of your immigrant population, and provides a seven-step guide to help you, your company and your mobile employees prepare to ensure immigration compliance.
Since 2009, site visits from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have been a standard part of compliance verification for the H-1B and L-1 visa programs. In the years since site audits were introduced, USCIS has expanded the program in two ways. First, in 2014, it made holders of L-1 visas eligible for inspection as well. Then, in April of this year, the agency announced a “more targeted approach” to site visits. Neither update changed the overall number of visits USCIS conducts each year (25,000), but the targeting means that a business is more likely to receive a visit if three things are present with employers. Read on for details.