One of the main services we provide is to ensure that our clients have the proper protocols in place to demonstrate compliance with the immigration laws. A well-developed and attorney-driven compliance program has saved our clients from the prospect of costly fines, debarment from federal and state contracts and criminal sanctions.
In July 2009, Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) began the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP) to conduct unannounced site visits to visa petitioners in the family and business context with a goal of verifying the information contained in immigration petitions and applications. As of 2014, the Directorate employed close to 900 officers.
Currently, ASVVP investigations are being conducted of religious worker cases and such investigations are done pre-adjudication. H-1B site visits account for the second highest number of ASVVP investigations, but this has largely to do with the high volume of H-1B petitions filed. In June 2014, ASVVP investigations began for L-1 petitions. It is highly likely that we will see on-site investigations expand to other categories such as H-2Bs and E-2 applications.
Joseph & Hall P.C. can assist employers with developing Audit Files to be presented to FDNS on a site visit. We can also assist employers with developing well established chains of command and protocols to that the employer is well-prepared for an FDNS visit.
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Effective March 25, 2020, in response to “Stay at Home” orders Joseph & Hall PC is closed to the public and is now conducting nearly all of its operations remotely during the COVID-19 health crisis through April 18th.
We continue to have a limited number of staff in our office to perform basic operations such as assembling and filing petitions, receiving and distributing mail and issuing checks. We are grateful to be in a business that is conducive to remote work and for all of your patience and support. Our lawyers and paralegals are here to answer the array of questions that continue to arise daily and will keep you informed during these rapidly changing times. We will hold telephonic or video meetings rather than in-person meetings. These meetings can be done by SKYPE or Zoom Conference call so that you can continue to interact with your legal team, face-to-face.
We remain committed to delivering outstanding client services. We do have one important request – please do not come into the office in person for your health and safety and that of our employees. Please mail or email all documents to our office. Also, you can make any required payments online at https://vpspay.com/p/3 or make them over the phone by calling 303-297-9171 or by mail. Please stay healthy!