Food Stamps

1105.010.12 Verifying Immigrant Status

IM-#61 June 27, 2007  IM-#103 October 4, 2004

Most immigrants who have entered the United States legally are in possession of documents issued by USCIS which contain information about immigration status and the date that individual entered the country or adjusted to the status shown on the card.

It is the responsibility of the applicant/EU to provide the documents. If an immigrant does not want FSD to contact USCIS to verify his or her status, FSD must give the EU the option of withdrawing its application or participating without that EU member.

FSD is required to verify immigrant status of individuals who are applying for food stamp benefits and to verify the validity of the documents provided by the EU.

  • Access the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database to verify immigrant status.
  • If SAVE cannot verify the documents or if there is a significant discrepancy between the automated data and information provided by the EU, the SAVE message “Institute Secondary Verification” appears.
  • FSD must then verify the validity of the documentation by submitting USCIS Form G-845 (Document Verification Request) to USCIS. Attach photocopies of the documentation provided by the EU.

EXCEPTIONS: The following statuses do not require additional verification through SAVE:

Verify the status according to the policy listed in each section.