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21 September 2015

SAVE CaseCheck Now Easier to Use!

(By Alissar Rahi, SAVE Chief)

If you are applying for public benefits and an agency needs to verify your immigration status, the SAVE Program has just made it easier to check the progress of your case.

So, what is SAVE and why is this good news for you?

Most federal, state and local benefit-granting agencies have to confirm your immigration status or U.S. citizenship before deciding whether to grant a benefit. Many of these agencies use the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program, operated by USCIS.

The system usually verifies your status in just a few seconds. But if SAVE cannot verify your status immediately, it will let the agency know that USCIS needs more time to process the request. 

In these situations, which can take between three and 20 federal business days, it is now much easier for you to check the status of the verification request using SAVE CaseCheck. Previously, to run a CaseCheck query, you had to obtain a case verification number from a participating SAVE agency.

Now, you can log in to CaseCheck at your leisure and enter your date of birth in combination with the ID number on an immigration document such as a Permanent Resident Card; Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record; Employment Authorization Document; or certificate of naturalization or citizenship.

CaseCheck will then let you know when the SAVE Program has completed the verification case. So instead of having to make repeated trips to the agency to learn if your verification is complete, you will know when it is time to return.

I’m really excited about this enhancement to SAVE CaseCheck—and hope you will let me know your feedback or suggestions by posting a comment below.


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