Caveat Employer: DUNS number required for visa petitions

Caveat Employer: Did you know you now need a Dun & Bradstreet number?  That is what USCIS is requiring.

As an employer filing for a foreign worker you may have received a Request for Evidence (RFE)  based upon USCIS’s new fraud detection tool, the web-based Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises, or VIBE. Currently USCIS is using Dun & Bradstreet to validate employer information.

Although USCIS is saying that it won’t deny a petition if it finds “contradictory or derogatory” information about the company in Dun and Bradstreet, (ie. no information at all), without a chance to respond to an RFE, the employer is still required to respond to the RFE with information requested.

It looks to us as though USCIS  is now requiring a Dun & Bradstreet number for all employers. Beware if you sign up. Dun & Bradstreet is a commercial service. It is going to try to sell you all kinds of products. Just get a number if you want to avoid an RFE.

Article categories: Employer-Based Immigration Law, Immigration Policy and Legislative Initiatives

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