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New Validation Tool Aids Adjudication of Certain Employment-Based Petitions
Questions and Answers
USCIS’s VIBE Aims to Enhance Accuracy, Efficiency and Fraud Detection
The Web-based Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises (VIBE) is a tool designed to enhance USCIS’s adjudications of certain employment-based immigration petitions.
VIBE uses commercially available data from an independent information provider (IIP) to validate basic information about companies or organizations petitioning to employ certain alien workers. Currently, the independent information provider for the VIBE program is Dun and Bradstreet (D&B).
Questions and Answers about VIBE
Q1. What is VIBE?
Q2. Which petitions are included in VIBE?
See www.uscis.gov/vibefor a complete list of immigrant and nonimmigrant classifications included in VIBE.
At this time, VIBE is not used for the following employment-based petition classifications due to their unique eligibility requirements:
Q3. What information does VIBE provide to immigration services officers (ISOs)?
Q4. Will a final decision be based solely on information obtained through VIBE?
USCIS will issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) if derogatory or contradictory information is found in VIBE that is material to the benefit requested and is not outweighed by evidence submitted with the petition. The ISO will make a final decision based on the totality of the circumstances.
Q5. How will a petitioning organization know if it received an RFE or NOID due to a VIBE-related issue?
Q6. If a petitioner receives an RFE or NOID for a VIBE-related issue, is the petitioner required to update its record with D&B?
However, the petitioner must respond to USCIS with the information requested in the RFE or NOID regardless of whether the petitioner chooses to update its record with D&B.
Q7. Must a petitioner respond to USCIS if it updates its record with D&B after receiving an RFE or NOID?
Q8. Are there any additional USCIS fees for filing a petition subject to VIBE?
Q9. Does VIBE require any additional documentary filing requirements?
Q10. When filing a Form I-140 petition for a classification included in VIBE, does a petitioner still need to submit evidence of ability to pay?
Although VIBE will assist ISOs by independently validating a petitioner’s business operations, the information provided to USCIS through VIBE is not a substitute for the required evidence of ability to pay specified in the regulations.
Q11. How will using VIBE affect processing times for employment-based petitions?
USCIS’s goal for VIBE is to gradually reduce processing times for most employment-based petitions.
Questions and answers about the independent information provider for VIBE, Dun and Bradstreet (D&B)
Q12. How can I view the information in my company’s or organization’s D&B report?
Contacting D&B from this link will allow U.S.-based privately held USCIS petitioners and other U.S. government customers to create, update and view their company’s or organization’s D&B record without being subjected to direct marketing from D&B.
When using this process for government customers, D&B must verify the user’s personal identity and affiliation with the selected company or organization. iUpdate for U.S. government customersusers will be asked a series of short challenge questions, based on geographical and demographic data, to authenticate and establish an ID and password. Only those with access to your established ID and password will be able to access your business’ or organization’s information.
To maintain accuracy of significant business information, D&B requires certain change requests to be verified by a third party prior to entry into the D&B system. If verification cannot be confirmed, the change request will be denied. This policy exists to protect companies and organizations from possible identity theft and fraud.
D&B’siUpdate for U.S. government customers is not available toU.S.-based publicly traded companies, government entities or foreign companies. Such entities wishing to create, update or view their report with D&B may use www.dnb.com. Organizations accessing www.dnb.commay be subjected to direct marketing from D&B.
Q13. Is there a fee for viewing or updating my company’s or organization’s information or D&B report?
Q14. When I requested my report from D&B, I found that D&B does not yet have any information about my company or organization. What should I do?
D&B has developed a 9-digit identification sequence, known as the D U N S® Number, that provides a unique identifier of single business entities while linking corporate family structures together.You may request a D U N S® Number from D&B if you find that the firm does not yet have any information about your company or organization. However, USCIS does not require petitioners to have a D U N S® Number or include a D U N S® Number when filing with USCIS.
It is important to note thatUSCIS will not automatically issue an RFE or NOID if an employer’s information is not included in the D&B database. As part of the adjudication, USCIS will also review information found in the evidence submitted with the petition and, if needed, additional publicly available information (such as the relevant Office of the Secretary of State’s business registrations). The ISO will make a final decision based on the totality of the circumstances.
A U.S.-based privately held company or organization may contact D&B to request a D U N S® Number by using D&B’s iUpdate for US government customers.U.S.-based publicly traded companies, government entities and foreign entities may contact D&B viawww.dnb.com.
For more information about the D U N S® Number, visit www.dnb.com.
Q15. How long does it take for D&B to update information about a company or organization?
Q16. If I contact D&B through the iUpdate service for U.S. government customers,will I be offered commercial services or products?
Q17. If I contact D&B through www.dnb.com, can I be offered commercial services or products from D&B?
Please send questions and comments about VIBE to VIBE-Feedback@dhs.gov.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 01/24/2012