VIBE business platform
The USCIS uses the tool for certain work visas and work-based immigrant visas "Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises" (VIBE) for decision-making. Reason enough to take a closer look at the web-based VIBE database and introduce it to you.
Visa petitions submitted to USCIS have always been laborious and often drag on for months. This was not least due to written inquiries, so-called RFE’s (Request for Further Evidence) by the USCIS. Since the new US administration took office, there has been an increase in RFE’s.
What is "Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises" – short VIBE?
VIBE is a web-based database of publicly available company data (for example, annual reports, shareholder announcements) provided by the independent information service Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) is assembled and maintained. USCIS can use this database to assess certain work-based immigration visa and work visa applications (eg, E-1, E-2, and L-1) to match company data.
VIBE contains company information about:
- business activities
- Creditworthiness (sales volume, creditworthiness)
- (Worldwide) number of employees
- Business relations with other companies
- Type of office (head office, subsidiary, independent unit)
- Legal form (LLC, Corporation etc.)
- Company registration details
- Current adress
Companies are not required to create their own VIBE profile, but are required to check from time to time to see if the corresponding record is up-to-date. If the stored data in VIBE is outdated, however, a comparison of the USCIS between the petition documents and the VIBE dataset may cause deviations. In such a case, the US Immigration Department could request additional information based on this inconsistency. Future demands due to such a discrepancy can be avoided by keeping the US company up-to-date with its VIBE profile.
What are the goals of VIBE??
When assessing visa applications or petitions, USCIS relies heavily on the submissions filed by the applicant. VIBE has created a platform designed to reduce fraud by allowing the USCIS to reconcile it. For example, in the case of an L-1 petition, it can be checked whether a link between the US employer ("petitioner") and the home society, for example in Germany, exists – because this is considered one of the essential prerequisites for a L visa.
VIBE is relevant for the following visa categories, among others:
- E-1 for traders and E-2 for investors
- H-1B for highly specialized professionals
- L-1A and L-1B for in-house transfer
- O-1 for people with extraordinary abilities
- Work-based green cards like EB-1 and EB-2
In the future, consulting VIBE should bring two benefits for applicants. On the one hand, the US employer should be given work to the extent that not every new petition requires the same documentation on business activities. On the other hand, there should be fewer requests from the USCIS in the form of an RFE – this saves both the applicant and the US Immigration Department time.
In order to reduce future demands of the US Immigration Department, which are based on faulty data in the VIBE, it is advisable for companies to keep their own company data in the VIBE database always up to date.
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