September 17, 2010
The Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) has begun verifying information contained in nonimmigrant visa petitions (e.g., H-1B petitions filed with USCIS). The KCC verification includes checking the company website, company contact information, and using Google Earth to confirm that an office exists in an appropriate physical location. Once the base petitioner record is complete, the KCC will not normally re-verify the petitioner information for two years.
More recently, the KCC also has begun randomly auditing information related to beneficiaries and the proposed employment through telephonic contact with petitioners. The telephonic contact by KCC is unannounced and should be anticipated to occur shortly after the approved petition is forwarded to the KCC from USCIS.
Once the audit is completed, the findings are normally finalized within two days and available to U.S. consular officers. During visa application (visa stamping) appointments, consular officers will review the report and question the beneficiary/visa applicant regarding any discrepancies.
At this time, only 15 contractors are conducting these telephonic audits. These contractors will ask questions including:
Whether the petitioner, in fact, submitted the petition;
When was the petitioner incorporated;
Where was the physical location of the petitioner;
Number of employees;
Names of shareholders;
Location of Attorney of Record;
General information regarding the petitioner's operations and business plan.