Will DHS resume VIBE program

The Department of Homeland Security and USCIS instituted a verification program called VIBE or Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises.  VIBE was designed to assist USCIS in verifying information about business and farms provided on some employment based petitions like those for H-2A and H-2B. The VIBE program used a private information provider called Dun and Bradstreet (D&B). D&B probably sounds familiar to you because some of you found yourselves in the middle of lengthy telephone conversations with D&B or trying to navigate complicated account updates on their website.

The VIBE program caused significant delays for H-2 users across the country and sparked a rash of complaints. Because of these complaints, USCIS decided to temporarily suspend the VIBE program in late May for H-2A petitions to give USCIS time to re-evaluate the program. In an email from USCIS on June 2nd, USCIS explains that they plan to resume VIBE on July 18th.

We have not received any further updates from USCIS and have not seen any delays–yet. We of course can only hope they have thoroughly re-evaluated the program and have prevented it from causing any other future delays for H-2 employers.

 

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