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The Immigration Observer

Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program

January 31, 2023

The Systemic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program is an online service administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that allows federal, state, and local benefit-granting agencies to verify a benefit applicant’s immigration status or naturalized/derived citizenship status. The SAVE Program’s mission is to provide fast, secure, and reliable immigration status information to assist benefit-granting agencies in maintaining their program integrity.

SAVE uses information from over 100 million records contained in federal database to electronically verify an applicant’s immigration status. Results are typically returned within a few seconds, allowing federal, state, and local benefit-granting agencies make determinations for eligibility of benefits such as a Social Security number, Medicaid, housing assistance, food stamps, or a driver’s license. 

For SAVE to verify a benefit applicant’s status, the agency must have the (1) applicant’s biographic information (first name, last name, and date of birth) and (2) a numeric identifier (Alien Number; Form I-94 number; Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) ID number; or unexpired foreign passport number). SAVE cannot verify an applicant’s status using only their first and last name.

SAVE Tips for Benefit Applicants:

  • Ensure your immigration records are correct
  • Present your most recently issued immigration documents to the benefit-granting agency
  • Check with the agency to see what documentation they require
  • The DHS Student and Exchange Visitor Program recommends waiting at least ten (10) calendar days after arriving in the United States to apply for a driver’s license or I.D.
  • Check the status of your SAVE immigration status verification case at SAVE CaseCheck (https://save.uscis.gov/save/app/client/ui/case-check)

You will need to provide your date of birth along with the number from one of the following:

  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status
  • I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
  • I-94 stamp in Unexpired Foreign Passport
  • I-551 Permanent Resident Card
  • I-765 Employment Authorization Card
  • Case verification number provided by the agency

Contact your Lepore Taylor Fox attorney if you have any questions.

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