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Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) allows you to verify a child's citizenship or immigration status. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides SAVE as a service to DHS staff.

If you do not access to SAVE, here is how you can obtain it

Before using SAVE, obtain documentation from the client relating to their immigration status. The minimum requirements for verification from the USCIS website are listed below.

“The agency must have the applicant’s biographic information (first name, last name and date of birth) and a numeric identifier (Alien Number; Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, number; Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) ID number; or unexpired foreign passport number). SAVE cannot verify an applicant’s status using only first and last name.”

Acceptable documents include: 

  • ​I-551,
  • I-689,
  • I-766,
  • I-327,
  • ​I-527,
  • I-797A, or
  • an I-551 stamp on an I-94A form or in an unexpired foreign passport (expires after 1 year).

Once you receive acceptable verification, complete the SAVE process. Instructional videos are available from USCIS. Quest has summarized some of these videos here.

Additional Verification

Most often you will receive a near instantaneous response. You may, however, have to pursue the additional verification process.

Pursue the additional verification process when prompted by the SAVE system and when

  • the person provides documents that appear counterfeit or altered;
  • there is no A-number on any document;
  • an A-number in the A60000000 or A80000000 series appears on any document;
  • any USCIS fee receipt other than I-687 is presented; or
  • Form I-94 in a foreign passport has an endorsement processed more than one year ago from the current date.     
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