As an F or M student, if you applied for a driver’s license, Social Security number or other benefit with a federal, state or local government agency, they may need to verify your nonimmigrant student status to determine if you are eligible for the benefits they issue and to further process your application. To verify your status, some agencies use the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program.
SAVE Case Check is a fast and free service that allows you to follow the progress of your SAVE verification check online. To check your SAVE Case Status, use your 15 digit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) verification number and log on here:
Check Your SAVE Case Status
Remember it is the responsibility of the specific U.S. government agency to follow the SAVE verification process to determine your eligibility. The SAVE Program does not determine your eligibility for benefits or licenses. If the agency which issues your benefit cannot confirm your current nonimmigrant student status after it followed all SAVE verification steps, this does not necessarily mean that you do not have status or that you are ineligible for the benefit. However, when this happens, the agency will allow you an opportunity to correct or update your student record.
To help SAVE and the benefit-granting agency verify your status and eligibility in a timely manner, remember to follow these three guidelines:
- Make sure your student records are up-to-date;
- Present your most recently issued documents verifying your nonimmigrant student status; and
- Present documents that can be used for SAVE verification.
For more information about these guidelines, including examples of what documents can be used for SAVE verification, download USCIS’ brochure for Understanding the SAVE Process as a Benefit Applicant.