Announced through a September 10 News Release, US Citizenship and Immigration Services [USCIS] has launched a new Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements [SAVE] initiative.
The newly launched initiative by USCIS will enable agencies – administering federal means-tested benefits – to ensure better compliance with federal requirements with reference to the financial support of aliens by their sponsors as well as agency reimbursement.
As per the Official Website of the Department of Homeland Security, the mission of SAVE is to provide “fast, secure and reliable immigration status information” for the assistance of benefit-granting agencies in maintaining the integrity of their individual programs.
Earlier, USCIS had inviting public comments on the proposal for SAVE. The public could submit their comments until June 5, 2020.
There are certain minimum requirements for SAVE to successfully verify a benefit applicant’s status. Biographic information – first and last name, date of birth – will be required. Additionally, a numeric identifier would also be needed, among the other requirements.
The new initiative will allow increased oversight and data collection for ensuring more effective compliance in the determination of eligibility or reimbursement requirements and other means-tested benefits that come under the federal government.
Individuals that agree to use their income and resources for the support of aliens are regarded as being the ‘sponsor’ of that alien.
Through SAVE, information about sponsors will be provided to agencies administering federal means-tested public benefits.
Aliens in the US that are sponsored at times apply for and receive means-tested public benefits from various agencies – local, state, federal, etc. However, the same sponsored alien might be ineligible for specific means-tested public benefits as the granting agency will take into consideration their sponsor’s income and resources at the time of determining their eligibility for the benefits.
In situations wherein a sponsored alien gets a means-tested public benefit, the sponsor will be required, upon request, for reimbursing the agency that had provided the said benefit to the alien.
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