SAVE History & Milestones
SAVE has been helping federal, state and local benefit-granting agencies since 1986 by ensuring that only eligible applicants receive government benefits. SAVE serves over 1,000 agencies across the United States. Explore the timeline below to see SAVE’s milestones.
SAVE Case Check in EspanolFebruary, 2017
SAVE CaseCheck is a free service now available in English or Spanish. CaseCheck assists the agency and its benefit applicants who have verification cases that require additional processing times.
SAVE turns 30November, 2016
SAVE celebrates its 30th anniversary. USCIS Director León Rodríguez narrates our 30th Anniversary video.
SAVE 30th Anniversary video
CaseCheck adds new featureSeptember, 2015
The free online service for benefit or licensing applicants, CaseCheck, now lets them continue to use their verification case number or use numeric identifiers from select immigration documents, such as their passport number, in combination with their date of birth to check the progress of their SAVE case.
SAVE launches CaseCheckNovember, 2012
SAVE launches CaseCheck, a free and fast service that lets people follow the progress of their SAVE case online after they apply for a benefit or license with a federal, state of local government agency that uses SAVE.
Number of registered agencies reaches 1,000May 17, 2012
The City of Aragon, Georgia, registers as SAVE’s 1,000th agency.
SAVE's First User ForumJune, 2010
SAVE holds its first annual forum for registered agencies. Howard “Mac” McMillan welcomes guests at the event.
Health Act adopts SAVEMarch, 2010
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is passed, requiring health and human services agencies to use SAVE to verify the immigration status of non-citizen applicants before granting health benefits.
Real ID Act expands SAVEMay, 2005
The Real ID Act of 2005 is passed, requiring states to use SAVE to verify the immigration status of applicants for driver’s licenses and ID cards.
Congress passes IIRIRASeptember, 1996
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) is passed, requiring government agencies to verify immigration status before granting benefits to immigrant applicants.
Reagan signs Immigration ActNovember, 1986
President Ronald Reagan signs the Immigration Reform and Control Act to establish a system for verifying the immigration status of non-citizen applicants for, and recipients of, certain types of federally funded benefits. The system would be available to federal, state and local benefit-granting agencies that administer such benefits.
Pilot program evolves1986
Under the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), SAVE goes from being a pilot program to becoming an official program.
SAVE gains Colorado supportAugust, 1984
Governor Richard Lamm from Colorado sends correspondence to all U.S. governors in support of SAVE to ensure that only eligible applicants receive federal benefits.