USCIS Issuing RFEs and NOIDs for Dun & Bradstreet Information
Confirm Your Company’s Information in VIBE
While USCIS may not deny a petition or an application solely based upon information from VIBE. USCIS implicitly requires companies and organizations to create or update records with D&B because a Request for Evidence (RFE) or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) may be issued to resolve inconsistencies based on its review of VIBE-supplied information considered material to the benefit requested.
USCIS uses VIBE to validate information about companies or organizations petitioning to employ certain foreign nationals
USCIS is continuing to use Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises (VIBE) e-tool along with the evidence submitted by the petitioner or applicant to verify the petitioner’s qualifications. The VIBE system uses a company’s Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) profile information to validate the petitioning company or organization’s information. This profile contains a unique nine-digit Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS® Number) used to establish a Dun & Bradstreet business credit file. USCIS is using DUNS Numbers to verify information including:
- Business activities, such as type of business, trade payment information, and company status
- Financial standing, including sales volume and credit standing
- Number of employees, both on-site and globally
- Relationships with other entities, including foreign affiliates
- Type of office (single entities, branches, subsidiaries, or headquarters)
- Type of legal entity (LLC, partnership or corporation)
- Company executives
- Date of establishment as a business entity
- Current physical address
USCIS discusses the VIBE Program at https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/information-employers-employees/employer-information/vibe/validation-instrument-business-enterprises-vibe-program
Litwin & Smith recommends that companies and organizations sign into their D&B profile to create, verify, or correct their information with D&B. This will avoid RFEs and NOIDS. Please note that updating your company’s information is not a substitute for responding to a RFE and failure to respond to a RFE can result in a denial.
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