Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) - SNAP

 

The Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program is maintained and operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Verification Division.  The SAVE program provides government agencies with a tool to verify the immigration status of noncitizens and certain U.S. citizen applicants seeking benefits, and provides information to be used in the determination of eligibility for state and federal benefits.  Sponsorship information may also be obtained through this system.

To be eligible the applicant must first be a qualified alien as defined by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1997 (IIRIRA).

The Commissioner or designee is required to report to the Immigration and Naturalization Service information about noncitizens "known to be in the U.S. unlawfully”.  "Known to be in the U.S. Unlawfully" means that the Department or Department representative has seen a Final Order of Deportation or other formal document with a determination subject to administrative review and Immigration Review that the noncitizen is present in the U.S. illegally.

 

An Eligible Qualified Noncitizen is defined as:

 

Verification of Immigration Status

At application, the applicant must provide documentation of immigration status only for household members applying for benefits.  Once provided the information must be verified through SAVE.  This is done by accessing the SAVE system, selecting the Initial Verification Button in the SAVE system and completing the request form.  Once submitted the system will verify the information or, in certain circumstances, prompt the user to institute a secondary verification.  Sponsor deeming information may also be requested on the request additional verification window of SAVE.

To log into SAVE, you must:

Note:

Passwords must be changed every 45 days.

 

The SAVE Program’s Verification Information System (VIS) is used to verify the noncitizen’s immigration status, primarily by using the noncitizen’s alien registration number (A number), if available.  The information received from VIS verifies only the noncitizen’s immigration status.  It does not verify eligibility for the particular program.  The noncitizen immigration status is verified with USCIS data through a primary or additional verification process.

The primary verification process uses the client’s alien registration number.  Access the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Verification Information System (USCISVIS) to perform the verification.  After selecting the client’s document type, enter the A number, if applicable, without the A prefix, on the USCIS screen for an automated check with VIS.  The Initial Verification screen will be displayed.  The Initial Verification screen will identify the noncitizen's alien registration number, if available, name, date and country of birth, date of entry into the U.S., and the USCIS noncitizen status.  A unique verification number that identifies the particular query and a message about whether the noncitizen has employment authorization will be displayed.  In instances where a record of the noncitizen's status could not be located, a message to Institute Additional Verification will be displayed.

Print the Initial Verification screen, carefully review it and compare the information with the noncitizen's name and date of birth on the Noncitizen page on BEACON to ensure information accuracy.  The printed Initial Verification screen must be filed in the case record.

When the system response line message to Institute Additional Verification is displayed, you must click the Request Additional Verification button.  You will be directed to complete the Enter Additional Verification section and click on the Submit Additional Verification button when done.  VIS usually returns a response to a request for additional verification within three working days.  Once received, this information must be filed in the case record.

In some rare instances, a third verification may need to take place before the citizenship status can be authenticated.  When the message displayed under Additional Verification Results requires the resubmission of verification documents, click the Resubmit Verification button:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

10 Fountain Plaza, 3rd Floor

Buffalo, NY 14202

Attn: Immigration Status Verification Unit

 

Important:

USCIS has 20 days to respond.  If USCIS does not return a response within 20 days, you must resubmit the information.

Important:

This information must be filed in the case record.

 

Before any action is taken to terminate assistance due to invalid documentation, your supervisor must carefully review the documents, requesting further documents from the noncitizen if necessary.  USCIS may have determined the document is invalid because of the expiration date but the noncitizen remains eligible for assistance.

You are also reminded that children of undocumented noncitizens who are born in this country are eligible for benefits if they meet all other eligibility factors.

If your client disagrees with his or her status as it appears on SAVE, click U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to access the USCIS website where you may obtain an informational fact sheet the client can use to correct his or her status as it appears on SAVE.

 

Sponsor Verification Process

 

Important:

SNAP sponsorship rules only apply to noncategorically eligible households.  Clients whose immigration status indicates they have a sponsor must cooperate with supplying or obtaining sponsor information unless they meet a sponsor deeming exception. The sponsor must also cooperate.

 

For noncitizens whose immigration status indicates there is a sponsor:

 

Request Affidavit of Support Data Using SAVE

 

Note:

Do not use SAVE if the client has not submitted proof of immigration status.

 

  1. in SAVE, select the Request Additional Verification link and check the Request Affidavit of Support Data box prior to submitting the request.

  2. the response in SAVE will include the following sponsor information if the individual was sponsored using I-864, Affidavit of Support:

Important:

Sponsor deeming rules do not apply if SAVE indicates that the individual was not sponsored using the I-864, Affidavit of support.  Follow the steps below if the sponsor information is incorrect in SAVE.  For agencies that do not use SAVE or if the sponsor information in SAVE is incorrect and follow-up is needed, obtain a release of information from the client to contact USCIS directly:

  1. complete a Document Verification Request form (USCIS G-845). This form is available online at the USCIS website (www.uscis.gov) and must be reproduced as a two-sided document.

  2. complete a Document Verification Request Supplement form (USCIS G-845 Supplement).  This form is not available online but may be requested from the USCIS Forms Request Line at (800) 870-3676.  This form must be reproduced as a two-sided document.

  3. send completed forms to:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

10 Fountain Plaza, 3rd Floor

Buffalo, NY 14202

Attn: Immigration Status Verification Unit

 

Obtain a release of information from the client prior to contacting the sponsor to request income and asset verification.  Upon receipt of the release of information, send the sponsor the Sponsor Letter (DHS-3453).  This form reminds the sponsor of the legal obligation to provide support and requests verification of the sponsor’s and the sponsor’s spouse’s income and assets.

 

Entering Citizenship Data

Entering INS Designation

Entering Legal Permanent Resident Data

Entering Noncitizen Data

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  Last Update: March 20, 2013