SAVE History & Milestones

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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.

2017
SAVE CaseCheck En Espanol
SAVE Case Check in Espanol
February, 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.

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2016
SAVE 30th Anniversary Logo
SAVE turns 30
November, 2016

SAVE celebrates its 30th anniversary. USCIS Director León Rodríguez narrates our 30th Anniversary video.

 

SAVE 30th Anniversary video

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2015
SAVE CaseCheck banner with smiling woman
CaseCheck adds new feature
September, 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.

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2012
CaseCheck a Service of SAVE
SAVE launches CaseCheck
November, 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.

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Aragon, GA City Hall
Number of registered agencies reaches 1,000
May 17, 2012

The City of Aragon, Georgia, registers as SAVE’s 1,000th agency.

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2010
Howard 'Mac' McMillan SAVE, Verification Division Chief Speaking at SAVE's First Annual Forum
SAVE's First User Forum
June, 2010

SAVE holds its first annual forum for registered agencies. Howard “Mac” McMillan welcomes guests at the event.

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Affordable Care Act Paper
Health Act adopts SAVE
March, 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.

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2005
Wallet with State Driver License sticking out
Real ID Act expands SAVE
May, 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.

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1996
Immigration Law Booklet
Congress passes IIRIRA
September, 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.

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1986
President Ronald Reagan signing Immigration law in 1986
Reagan signs Immigration Act
November, 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.

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Pilot program evolves
1986

Under the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), SAVE goes from being a pilot program to becoming an official program.

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1984
A man signing a document
SAVE gains Colorado support
August, 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.

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