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What is SAVE?

The SAVE Program is an inter-governmental information service initiative which verifies the immigration status of benefit applicants.

Why Use SAVE?


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working to help benefit-granting agencies ensure that recipients of benefits or licenses are eligible to obtain the entitlement for which they applied. By using the SAVE Program to verify the immigration status of benefit applicants, benefit-granting agencies become part of the solution in addressing this problem.


Who Uses SAVE?

Benefit-granting agencies, institutions, licensing bureaus, and other governmental entities.

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What are the Advantages of using SAVE?

The SAVE Program has access to immigration status information from more than 100 million records contained in the Department of Homeland Security databases. By determining the immigration status of benefit applicants, SAVE helps authorized agencies ensure that only entitled applicants receive federal, state or local public benefits and licenses.

This page provides general information about the SAVE Program and is meant to provide an overview of the program. For specific legal authorities and policy guidance, visit the Governing Laws sections of the website.




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Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/29/2013