Validating an instrument
When the paperwork does not sufficiently document the evidence required under the law, USCIS must issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) for additional documentation, delaying final adjudication of the petition or application.
The VIBE program has been introduced to address some of these issues.
Information about the validation of study tools assists the IRB in its deliberations about the scientific validity of the proposed study.
Study instruments that include sensitive information - questions about alcohol/illicit drug use, aggressive/violent behavior and/or illegal behavior - can place subjects at risk.
Through VIBE, USCIS should also be able to reduce the number of RFEs issued to otherwise eligible petitioners or applicants.
By providing the same petitioner and applicant information to all five USCIS service centers, VIBE promotes the consistent review of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant filings.
USCIS may issue an RFE or a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) if it is necessary to resolve relevant inconsistencies or other issues that emerge upon review of VIBE-supplied information that are material to the benefit requested. Its users will be asked a series of short challenge questions, based on geographical and demographic data, to authenticate and establish an ID and password.
Petitioners or applicants MUST respond to these RFEs or NOIDs; failure to respond may result in the denial of the petition or application.