independent information provider (IIP) for USCIS's Validation
Instrument for Business Enterprises (VIBE) program has launched a new
streamlined online process for certain USCIS petitioners and other U.S.
government customers seeking to submit information about their
organizations into VIBE's database.
The IIP, Dun & Bradstreet
(D&B), launched the process on Dec. 9, 2011, enabling eligible
petitioners to update their company or organization information via D&B's iUpdate for U.S. government customers Web page.
is a Web-based adjudication tool used by USCIS to validate basic
information about companies or organizations petitioning to employ
certain alien workers.
Please note that USCIS does not expect or require petitioners to contact D&B.
However, certain USCIS customers filing employment-based petitions that
qualify for VIBE may, at no cost, use the iUpdate link to contact
D&B to create, update and view basic elements of their
organization¿s D&B record, without being subjected to direct
marketing from D&B.
The new process is available for U.S.-based, privately held companies only.
publicly traded companies, government entities and foreign companies
can still create, update or view their report by contacting D&B at www.dnb.com,
but may be subjected to direct marketing from the firm. Note that
entities updating their information through the D&B website may
encounter D&B representatives who may suggest a purchase of the
firm's products and services.
USCIS does not endorse
D&B or its products or services, and does not in any way suggest
that anyone purchase products or services from the firm in order to
ensure that information is complete. Additionally, USCIS does
not in any way suggest that fees be paid in order to expedite the
creation of a new record or to update an existing record.
for U.S. government customers is a free, password-protected and
encrypted online service tool offered by D&B. Its users will be
asked a series of short challenge questions, based on geographical and
demographic data, for the purpose of authenticating and establishing an
ID and password. Only those with access to your established ID and
password will be able to access your business¿ or organization¿s
The information displayed in iUpdate for U.S.
government customers contains essentially the same data that is shared
with USCIS via the VIBE system, and will allow petitioners to know how
their business or organization will be presented in VIBE before they
file a petition with USCIS.
To maintain accuracy of significant
business information, D&B requires that certain change requests be
verified by a third party prior to official 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.
For additional information about USCIS's VIBE program, please visit: www.uscis.gov/VIBE."
Last updated:01/24/2012 - USCIS