Administrative site visits in connection with H-1B petitions filed by US employers are steadily increasing as USCIS continues to fine tune program integrity and combat H-1B fraud. In a recent meeting, the California Service Center of USCIS reminded employers that administrative site inspectors may ask any question that pertain to any aspect related to the terms and conditions of employment.
In addition to speaking to a company representative (typically the signatory of the petition or the listed contact person) and/or the beneficiary, the inspector may also ask to inspect documents related to the petition and take photos of the worksite. CSC also stated that questions regarding payment of fees by H-1B employees are asked by site inspectors and deductions from the beneficiary’s salary for fees required to be paid by the employer can be a red flag.
Also, administrative site inspections typically inspect the work location listed on the H-1B petition and as such, CSC advised clearly indicating offsite work locations in H-1B petitions when an employee will provide services offsite from the employer’s locations.