Federal Student Aid - IFAP
   
AwardYear: 1995-1996
EnterChapterNo: 2
EnterChapterTitle: Student Eligibility and Financial Need
SectionNumber:
SectionTitle: Appendix A: Documenting Citizenship Status
PageNumbers: 57-96



As authorized by Congress, the SFA programs are intended to provide
student financial aid to needy students who are U.S. citizens, U.S.
nationals, permanent residents, certain Pacific Islanders, or persons
who intend to become citizens or permanent residents of the United
States.

This appendix will discuss a) when a school is required to document a
student's citizenship status and b) what documents are acceptable as
proof of the student's status.*12* Required documentation of a
student's citizenship status must be kept in the school's files until the
record retention period expires.

Section One of this chapter tells which citizenship statuses allow
students to be eligible for SFA funds. Details on each category are
provided here.

A. U.S. Citizen or National

The term "U.S. citizen" includes citizens of the 50 states, the District
of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the
Northern Mariana Islands. All U.S. citizens are considered to be U.S.
nationals. However, nationals include an additional group of people:
natives of American Samoa and Swain's Island are nationals, but not
U.S. citizens.

[[Documentation]]
Generally, students in the U.S. citizen or national category are not
required to provide documentation of that status to receive SFA funds.
However, a student who fails to check any box under citizenship status
when first applying for aid will have his or her application rejected
and will be required to provide documentation of citizenship. Students
who initially check the box for "ineligible" or "eligible noncitizen" but
later change the item to "citizen" must also provide documentation. (If
a student leaves the citizenship question blank but provides an alien
registration number, the CPS will assume the applicant is an eligible
noncitizen and forward the alien registration number to INS for
confirmation of eligibility.)

If the student's status as a citizen or a national must be documented,
the following are permissible forms of certification:

1. A copy of the student's birth certificate showing that he or she
was born in the United States.

2. A copy of Form FS-240 ("Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of
the United States"), the FS-545 ("Certificate of Birth-Foreign
Service"), the DS-1350 ("Certificate of Birth"), or the INS
Form G-639, the Freedom of Information Act Form. The first
three forms are generated by the State Department and include
an embossed seal including the words "United States of
America" and "State Department."

3. A valid passport. (In the case of nationals who are not citizens, it
will be stamped "Noncitizen National.")

4. A Certificate of Citizenship. The Certificate of Citizenship must
include at least the following information:

a) the student's name and the application number;

b) the certificate number (found in the upper right hand corner);
and

c) the date of issuance of the certificate.

5. A Certificate of Naturalization, which contains at least the
following information:

a) the student's name and petition number;

b) the certificate number (found in the upper right hand
corner);

c) the INS Alien Registration Number (A-number);

d) the name of the court where the naturalization occurred;
and

e) the date of naturalization.

Although older versions of the Certificate of Citizenship and the
Certification of Naturalization advise the holder not to photocopy
them, INS has confirmed that the documents may be photocopied as
long as it is done for lawful purposes.

Note that Social Security cards or driver's licenses are not acceptable
forms of documentation of citizenship or national status, because
noncitizens and nonnationals may possess these as well.

B. Citizens of the Pacific Islands

The compact of Free Association (P.L. 99-329) created three political
entities from the former Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Two of
these entities, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of
Micronesia, voted in 1986 to end political ties with the United States.
Citizens of these islands are eligible for Pell Grant, FWS, and FSEOG
but are not eligible for loans. (Under the original law, eligibility was to
have been limited to four years after the Compact was signed and was
available only to students who had begun postsecondary education
prior to the signing; however, Public Law 100-369 extended eligibility
and removed the requirement of prior postsecondary training.)

The third entity, Palau, just recently voted to ratify the Compact, and
its independence was effective October 1, 1994. Citizens of Palau who
enroll after that date will, like citizens of the Marshall Islands and the
Federated States of Micronesia, be eligible for Pell Grants, FWS, and
FSEOGs but not loans.

Note that the Northern Mariana Islands voted to become a
Commonwealth of the United States on November 3, 1986. Thus,
citizens of these islands are now citizens of the United States and are
eligible for all SFA funds on that basis.

Students who are citizens of the Marshall Islands, the Federated
States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau should check block 2
(indicating that they are eligible noncitizens) on the citizenship
question on the FAFSA and leave the item on Alien Registration
Number blank. As long as the student's file contains consistent
information on the student's citizenship, the financial aid
administrator is not required to collect documentation.

C. Other Eligible Categories

[[General overview of the matching program]]
In contrast to citizens, nationals, and Pacific Island citizens for whom
documentation is needed only in the restricted instances discussed
earlier (e.g., when the student initially fails to check the box on
citizenship), permanent residents and other eligible noncitizens always
require documentation of eligibility status. For the majority of
students, this documentation is initiated directly by the Department of
Education through access to Immigration and Naturalization Service's
data base. This computer review, known as "Primary Confirmation,"
results in a SAR comment indicating either that the student's status
has been confirmed, that it was not confirmed, or that INS was unable
to search its records. If the student's citizenship status is confirmed by
INS, a comment is printed on the SAR to that effect and no further
documentation is needed.*13*

A failure of Primary Confirmation does not mean that the student is
ineligible. It could be that the student did not provide enough
information when completing the application or that INS did not
respond to the Department of Education within twenty-four hours. It
does mean that additional procedures will be needed to document the
student's eligibility. This subsequent paper process is called
"Secondary Confirmation" and is required if the computer match does
not confirm the student's status.

[[A detailed description of the Primary Confirmation process]]
Through the Primary Confirmation process, an applicant's noncitizen
information is electronically matched with the data base kept by INS.
When application data are received by the CPS, identifying
information for all noncitizen applications is transferred electronically
to INS's computer facility. The match is conducted based upon the
Alien Registration Number that is collected for all students who
indicate that they are eligible noncitizens. The Alien Registration
Number is a unique number assigned to each legal alien by INS. INS
is responsible for matching this information and electronically
transmitting the INS response back to the CPS within 24 hours. The
FAFSA processor that processed the applicant's information is given
the results of the INS match, and then prints the appropriate comment
on the applicant's SAR.

If the SAR comment states "Your citizenship status has been
confirmed by INS and you meet the requirements for Federal student
aid" (comment 143), the student's status as an eligible noncitizen has
been confirmed. The SAR with that comment serves as documentation
of the student's eligibility, and the student need not provide any
further evidence of his or her citizenship status.

As already noted, if comment 143 appears on the student's SAR, the
required documentation has been provided, and a copy of the SAR
serves as proof of the student's eligible noncitizen status. There are
four cases in which additional documentation is needed. In the first
three cases, comments will appear on the SAR as you see them here.
The four cases are:

[[SAR Comment 142]]
1. Primary Confirmation was not attempted, because certain key
information (e.g., the Alien Registration Number) was illegible
or blank. This comment, however, will also appear for citizens
of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia,
and Palau because such students are eligible noncitizens but
would not have Alien Registration Numbers to report. Due to the
status of these islands, proof of citizenship is not required in
determining eligibility for SFA funds for citizens of these areas.
In this case, the following comment will appear on the SAR:

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) could not
confirm your statement that you are an eligible noncitizen. You
must submit proof of your noncitizen eligibility to your school
within 30 days after you give this SAR to your school. If you fail
to submit proof within 30 days, you may be found ineligible for
Federal student aid.

[[SAR Comment 144]]
2. The information necessary to perform a match was available on
the application but did not match the information in the INS
ASVI data base. In this case, the following comment will appear
on the SAR:

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) did not
confirm your statement that you are an eligible noncitizen. You
must submit proof of your noncitizen eligibility to your school
within 30 days after you give this SAR to your school. If you fail
to submit proof within 30 days, you may be found ineligible for
Federal student aid.

[[SAR Comment 145]]
3. The INS was not able to match the student's record within 24
hours or that the computer matching program was not in service.
In this case, the following comment will appear on the SAR:

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was not able
to process our request to confirm your statement that you are an
eligible noncitizen. You must submit proof of your eligible
noncitizen status to your school before you may receive federal
student aid.

[[Inconsisten1 Information]]
4. If the school has on file conflicting data that causes it to question
the validity of the match, further documentation is required. (The
General Provisions require that the school resolve any
conflicting information before paying the student or certifying a
loan application.)*14*

STUDENT RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO THE COMPUTER
MATCH

If the student's citizenship status requires resolution, the first step is
to ask the student to provide documentation of his or her status. If the
documents do not appear to constitute reasonable evidence of eligible
noncitizen status, the school may determine the applicant to be
ineligible for SFA funds without INS verification. On the other hand,
if the documents submitted appear to constitute reasonable evidence
of eligible noncitizen status, the school must then submit them to INS
to verify their correctness. Sending the student's documentation to
INS for verification is a procedure known as "Secondary
Confirmation," and it requires the school to complete a Form G-845S.
Instructions for completing the Form G-845S are found in the next
section of this appendix.

[[Limitations on using results of the match to deny aid]]
The Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 prohibits
a school from suspending, terminating, or reducing SFA funds, making
a final denial of SFA funds, or taking other adverse action
against a student based on the results of an interagency data match
unless the student has been notified and has had time to respond to
the notification.

As noted on the SAR for any student who will require further
documentation, the student is permitted at least 30 days from the time
he or she submits the SAR to provide that documentation. During this
period and until the results of the Secondary Confirmation are
received, a financial aid administrator may not deny, reduce, or
terminate aid to a student. Disbursements may be made to an
otherwise eligible student pending INS response if at least 15 business
days have elapsed since the date on which the documentation was
submitted to INS. (Of course, the general exclusions for inconsistent
data being on file are applicable here.)

[[Liability]]
A school is not liable for an error in its determination that a student is
an eligible noncitizen, if in making that determination it had no
conflicting data on file and it relied on 1) a SAR indicating that the
student meets the requirements for federal student aid; 2) an INS
determination of an eligible immigration status in response to a
request for Secondary Confirmation; or 3) immigration status
documents submitted by the student, if INS did not respond in a timely
fashion. The student (or parent for Federal PLUS borrowers) is liable
for any SFA funds received if he or she is ineligible.

[[Appeal rights for recipients of SFA funds]]
The school should establish procedures to ensure that if SFA funds are
disbursed and the school subsequently determines (using Secondary
Confirmation) that the student recipient is not an eligible noncitizen,
the student is provided with a notice of the determination, an
opportunity to contest the determination, and notice of the school's
final determination. The student may contest the determination by
submitting to the school all additional documents the student believes
support his or her claims to be an eligible noncitizen. If the documents
appear to support the student's claim, the school should submit them
to INS using Secondary Confirmation. The school's final determination
would be based on the results of Secondary Confirmation.

[[Requirements for notification to students]]
For every student required to undergo Secondary Confirmation, the
school is required to furnish written instructions providing-

- an explanation of the documentation the student must submit as
evidence of eligible noncitizen status. (The "Summary Chart of
Acceptable Documentation" found at the end of this appendix
would be acceptable);

- the institutional deadline for submitting documentation (which
must be at least 30 days from the date the school receives the
results of the Primary Confirmation on the SAR), and notification
that if the student misses the deadline, he or she may not receive
SFA funds for the award period or period of enrollment; and

- an acknowledgment that no determination of the student's
eligibility will be made until an opportunity to submit
immigration status documents is provided.

USING THE G-845S FOR SECONDARY CONFIRMATION

If the student's SAR does not confirm his or her status as an eligible
noncitizen, the student must provide the school with appropriate
documentation (as described in this appendix) showing that he or she
is a permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen. The school must
then initiate a "Secondary Confirmation" of this documentation with
INS to ensure that it is valid.

To initiate Secondary Confirmation, the school must complete a Form
G-845S. The G-845S ("Document Verification Request") is a
standard INS form that is used to ask INS's File Control Office to
confirm that an alien noncitizen's documentation is valid. To complete
the G-845S, fill in each of the items on the top half of the form,
providing the Alien Registration Number in the first item, marking the
box for "Education Grant/Loans/Work Study" in the box entitled
"Benefits" (#8), and providing your name as the submitting official
and the school's name as the submitting agency. Under item 6,
Verification Number, the school must provide the 13-digit number that
is located in the FAA Information section with the Match Flags.

[[No Verfication Number]]
There are three circumstances in which a student will not receive a
Verification Number:

1. No match was performed due to technical reasons. If the student
did not receive a number because no match was performed due to
technical reasons (Comment 145), the aid administrator must
write in large (preferably red) letters at the top of the G-845S
"Comment 145 present."

2. No match was performed because the student failed to provide
an alien registration number. If the match was not performed
because the student failed to provide an alien registration
number on the application, the school cannot initiate Secondary
Confirmation for the student. Instead, the SAR should be
resubmitted for correction with the Alien Registration Number.

3. The student's eligible noncitizen status was confirmed by the
match. A school is not allowed to initiate Secondary
Confirmation for such students unless it has conflicting
information about the student's status or reason to believe the
status reported is incorrect. However, the school will not be able
to use Secondary Confirmation to help resolve the conflict unless
it has a Verification Number from a previous or subsequent
transaction. The school must still resolve the conflict before
paying the student, and it may request that the student submit
either the documentation normally required for Secondary
Confirmation or any other documentation necessary to determine
the student's correct status.

Photocopies of the front and back sides of the student's citizenship
document (such as an I-94 with the appropriate stamps or an I-551)
must be attached to the Form G-845S. It is very important that all
pertinent visas and documents be submitted along with the G-845S.
The G-845S is used only to certify the authenticity and identity of
immigration documents attached to it; it cannot be submitted to INS by
itself to determine a student's eligibility for SFA funds. Therefore, an
applicant who has lost documents or surrendered these documents
when entering prison is responsible for obtaining copies of these
documents before the G-845S is submitted. (See "Replacing Lost INS
Documents" in this appendix.) Schools may request copies of
immigration documents directly from penal institutions at the request
of an applicant.

The school must send the completed document and attachments to the
File Control Office serving its locale (see the list at the end of this
appendix) not later than 10 business days after receiving the
documentation from the student.

A status-verifier at the District INS Office will search the applicant's
record to confirm the applicant's immigration status. The
status-verifier at the INS office completes the "INS Response"
section of the G-845S and sends it back to the financial aid
administrator, generally within 10 working days of receipt. ED
recommends that the school document its mailings to INS. If the
school has not heard from INS, the aid administrator may wish to call
the INS office to make sure that the G-845S was received. If the
school does not receive a determination from INS within 15 working
days (10 working days plus 5 days mail time) of the date the school
sent the G-845S, the aid administrator should review the file to
determine whether he or she feels the student meets the citizenship
eligibility requirements based on the documentation the student
provided and the information in this appendix. If the administrator
believes that the student meets the requirements, the school can make
any disbursements for which the student is otherwise eligible, noting
in the student's file that INS exceeded the time allotment and, thus,
citizenship eligibility was determined without the benefit of INS
verification.

DOCUMENTATION OF PERMANENT-RESIDENT STATUS

As noted earlier, an applicant who claims to be a permanent resident
but whose status was not confirmed through Primary Confirmation
must provide copies of his or her INS documents (as described below).
The following is a discussion of the acceptable documents to
accompany the G-845S.

[[Standard documentation]]
The standard documentation for a permanent resident of the United
States is the Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-151 or Form
I-551). Both forms are referred to colloquially as "green cards,"
although the newly issued forms are most often white with blue or
pink wavy lines. The INS is replacing cards issued before 1979 with
new, counterfeit-resistant cards. The deadline for permanent residents
to replace their old cards is March 20, 1996. Valid cards issued before
1979 should be accepted until that date. A passport or an I-94 is also
acceptable if it has one of the following stamps:

- A passport stamped "Processed for I-551. Temporary Evidence
of Lawful Admission for Permanent Residence. Valid Until
____________. Employment Authorized."

- A Departure Record (form I-94) stamped as above or stamped
"Temporary Form I-551. Admission for permanent residence at
_______________(port) on ______________ (date) verified.
_________________ (signature of issuing officer) _________
(title)." This Form I-94 will also contain the individual's photo
and an INS seal over the photo and the stamp.

Special circumstances

[[I-551 with baby picture]]
If the student has an I-551 with a baby picture, the aid administrator
should suggest that the student update the I-551 with INS. Permanent
residents are expected to obtain a new picture and be fingerprinted at
the age of 14. However, the school may submit the documents to INS
and ultimately pay a student who has an I-551 with a baby picture, as
long as it can confirm that the I-551 belongs to the student. This can
be accomplished by comparing the I-551 to a current photo ID that has
the student's name, date of birth, and signature. (The current photo ID
must also be consistent with any identifying information in the
student's file at the school.)

[[Applicants for permanent residence]
A student who has an approved application for permanent residence
on file with INS and who is waiting for an Alien Registration Receipt
Card may not have proof of his or her citizenship status. The financial
aid administrator should advise such a student to contact his or her
local INS office for the passport stamp or I-94 stamp described above,
as these are available to the student before the normal
permanent-residency documentation.

Note that an application for permanent-resident status is not sufficient
for eligibility for SFA funds.

[[Conditional Permanent Resident]]
The Marriage Fraud Amendments established a two-year conditional
permanent-resident status for certain alien spouses and their children.
The alien spouse of a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant is given
conditional permanent-resident status if the marriage took place less
than two years before the spouse applied for permanent-resident
status or citizenship. This status may also apply to any of the spouse's
children who are aliens.

An alien who is granted conditional permanent-resident status will be
given a Form I-551. This form is the same I-551 that is issued to
regular permanent residents, except that the card will have a "C" (for
"conditional") on the front and an expiration date on the back. Once
the two-year period expires, a conditional permanent resident must file
a petition for removal of this restriction within 90 days after the end of
that period. The alien's petition will then be reviewed. If the results of
the review are satisfactory, the restriction will be dropped, and new
documents will be issued. Conditional permanent residents holding an
I-551 with a valid expiration date are eligible to receive aid under the
SFA programs.

DOCUMENTATION FOR OTHER CATEGORIES OF ELIGIBLE
NONCITIZENS

Procedures for students who belong to other categories of eligible
noncitizens (such as a refugee, asylee, parolee) and for whom Primary
Confirmation did not confirm their status are similar to those just
described for permanent residents. The applicant must provide copies
of his or her INS documents (as described below). A school must then
initiate Secondary Confirmation of these documents, using the
G-845S.

For humanitarian reasons, a student who has been designated by INS
as lawfully present in the United States for other than temporary
purposes is considered eligible for aid from the SFA programs.
Evidence of this lawful presence is given on the departure record
(Form I-94). The I-94 departure record will contain one of the
following:

[[Refugee]]
- A stamp indicating that the student has been admitted to the
United States as a refugee. This stamp will read either "Admitted
as a Refugee Pursuant to Section 207 of the Act. If you depart the
United States you will need prior permission to return.
Employment Authorized," or "Status changed to refugee pursuant
to Section 207(c)(2) of the Immigration Nationality Act,
on ___________. Employment Authorized."

[[Asylee]]
- A stamp indicating that the student has been granted asylum in
the United States. This stamp will read "Asylum status granted
pursuant to section 208, INS. Valid to ________________.
Employment Authorized." Persons who have been granted asylum
in the United States are given employment authorization for one
year. At the end of that year, they are eligible to apply for
permanent residence. Asylum status continues unless revoked by
INS or until permanent residence status is granted.

Note that a refugee or an asylee may apply for permanent-
resident status. During the period in which the application is being
reviewed, the student must surrender his or her original I-94 to
INS. INS will give the student a copy of the original I-94 which
will include the endorsement "209a (or 209b) pending.
Employment Authorized." Students with this form of
documentation are eligible for SFA funds.

[[Conditional Entrant]]
- A stamp indicating that the student has been admitted to the
United States as a conditional entrant. Although this status
remains valid, INS stopped using this category on March 31,
1980. Therefore, if the school does not hear from INS within the
permissible time frame, the school should not disburse to a
student who shows an I-94 with conditional-entrant status granted
after March 31, 1980.

[[Parolee]]
- A stamp indicating that the student has been paroled into the
United States for an indefinite period of time for humanitarian
reasons. The word "indefinite" and/or "humanitarian" will be
handwritten into the stamp.

[[Cuban Haitian]]
- A stamp across the face of the I-94 indicating that the student has
been classified as a "Cuban-Haitian Entrant (Status Pending).
Reviewable January 15, 1981. Employment authorized until
January 15, 1981." Note that a document showing that the holder
is a Cuban-Haitian entrant is valid even if the expiration date
would make it appear no longer valid.

The I-94 for some Cuban-Haitian Entrants who are applying for
permanent residence may be stamped "applicant for permanent
residence." (Alternately, the student may be given a separate
document acknowledging the receipt of his or her application for
permanent residence.) Because application for permanent
residence is not sufficient to make a student eligible for SFA
funds, if a student is a Cuban-Haitian entrant, he or she must
request from INS documentation of that status.

[[Suspension of Deportation]]
If a person is applying for a suspension of deportation, he or she must
request a hearing before an Immigration Law Judge who will render
an oral or written decision. If the decision is favorable, INS will give
the applicant a Form I-551, which will certify his or her lawful
permanent-resident status. Therefore, there is no special category for
persons who have received a suspension of deportation.

[[Family Unity Status]]
The Form I-797, "Application for Voluntary Departure Under the
Family Unity Program," indicates that the student has been granted
relief from deportation under the Family Unity Program. In order to
qualify for SFA funds, the student must also be the beneficiary of an
approved "Immigrant Petition for Relative" or "Visa Petition for
Spouse." These statuses are documented on the Form I-797. Note
that such a student may receive aid even if he or she has not yet
received a visa.

[[Immigration Reform and Control Act]]
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) made it
possible for certain categories of aliens to receive temporary-resident
status and eventually permanent-resident status. These categories
included aliens who 1) entered the United States illegally before
January 1, 1982, resided continuously in the United States between
that date and the date they applied for temporary-resident status, and
met certain other eligibility requirements or 2) performed qualifying
agricultural employment in the United States during defined periods
and met certain other eligibility requirements. This legalization
program was colloquially called the amnesty program.

An alien who was eligible for temporary-resident status under IRCA
and applied to an INS office was issued an Employment Authorization
Card (Form I-688A), which permitted an eligible alien to work legally
in the United States while his or her application was being processed.
Although the deadline for applying for amnesty under Section 245 of
IRCA has expired, some students may still hold statuses relating to
the amnesty process if their cases are being disputed in one of several
lawsuits. A student who has a Form I-688A is not eligible for SFA
funds. These forms expired 6 months from the date of issue. Except
for those applicants whose cases are still being disputed, some time
during the 6-month effective period of the Form I-688A, the holder
should have been notified whether the application for
temporary-resident status was approved.

[[Temporary Resident Card (I-688)]]
The next step in the amnesty process was the issuing of the interim
Form I-688B, or the I-766. These Employment Authorization
Documents (EAD) are used for employment authorization purposes
only. None of these documents (I-688A, I-688B, or the I-766) is
sufficient to qualify the student for SFA eligibility.

If the application for temporary-resident status was approved, the
applicant would have received the Temporary Resident Card (Form
I-688), popularly called a "red card," which specifies an expiration
date. Students who have valid Forms I-688 are eligible for SFA funds.

[[Student visas, etc., not acceptable]]
A Student with an F-1 or F-2 Student Visa, or a J-1 or J-2 Exchange
Visitors Visa, L-1, or G series Visa (pertaining to international
organizations) is not eligible to apply for SFA funds, unless he or she
has a Form I-94 with one of the endorsements listed earlier. Also
someone who has only a "Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent
Residence (I-171 or I-464)" cannot receive SFA funds.

[[Temporary protective status not eligible]]
Some students may present Forms I-94 stamped "Temporary
Protected Status." This status is used for persons who are from
countries that are in upheaval, but it differs significantly from
"Refugee" or "Asylum," because it provides no conversion to
permanent-resident status. A student with this status is not eligible for
SFA funds.

[[Stamp Validation]]
Each of the documents described above will be stamped in a
rust-colored ink. It will normally contain a validation indicating the
office of issuance and a code to indicate the officer who prepared the
document. Examples of codes are "WAS-82" (Washington District
Office, Officer number 82) or "1/13/84 SPO.KD" (Spokane Office,
officer's initials KD).

The school must keep in the student's file a copy of the citizenship
documentation a student submits, along with the G-845S results.
Documentation provided as proof of the student's citizenship status
(such as the Alien Registration Receipt Card and the Departure
Record) can legally be photocopied by the student, as long as the
photocopies are made for this lawful purpose. It is important that the
student understands that he or she is permitted to photocopy an INS
document only for lawful purposes such as applying for SFA funds.
Photocopying of the documents is generally not permitted for other
purposes.

Financial aid administrators must always examine and copy original
documents. Sometimes the endorsement (a stamp) does not photocopy
well due to the ink color on the original document. In this case, the aid
administrator should hand copy the exact endorsement on the
photocopy. Because the endorsement can be found anywhere on the
I-94, it can be difficult to locate. Note that although the endorsement
may also be on the student's passport, it must be on the I-94.

INS offices do not have uniform procedures or stamps. The school
should contact the local INS office with questions regarding the
acceptability of citizenship documentation.

INTERPRETING THE G-845S

A single form, INS Form G-845S, is used both for the financial aid
administrator's request for a Secondary Confirmation and for INS to
respond to the school's request. In reviewing INS's response, bear in
mind that the G-845S reflects the student's most recent status with
INS and, thus, may show a different status than the documentation
presented by the student. In this case, the school should verify that
both documents identify the same person. If so, the status on the
G-845S should be used since it is the most current one.

The following are possible INS responses and their implication with
respect to the student's eligibility. After each item, we have indicated
whether a check in this block by INS indicates-

1. eligibility, in which case payments to the student may be made,

2. ineligibility, in which case the student is not eligible for payment
unless the student later provides other valid documentation from
INS showing that he or she is an eligible-noncitizen, or

3. inconclusive eligibility, in which case the aid administrator must
examine any other boxes checked by INS to determine whether
payment can be made. A check in such a box does not indicate
eligibility or ineligibility.

[[Permanent Resident (Eligible)]]
1. This document appears valid and
relates to a Lawful Permanent Resident alien of the United States:
Block #1 is checked when the documentation submitted is determined
to be a valid I-551, I-151, I-181, or I-94 or a passport stamped with the
notation "Processed for I-551, Temporary Evidence of Lawful
Admission for Permanent Residence."*15* Immigration law allows
this person to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis.

[[Conditional Resident (Eligible)]]
2. This document appears valid and
relates to a Conditional Resident alien of the United States: This is
checked when the documentation submitted is determined to be a valid
I-551, I-181, or I-94 or a passport stamped with the notation
"Processed for I-551, Temporary Evidence of Lawful Admission for
Permanent Residence." Immigration law allows this person to live and
work in the United States; however, INS will reevaluate the person's
status within two years. Conditional resident-alien status is granted to
an alien who marries a U.S. citizen or national or permanent-resident
alien and who must remain married to that spouse for two years to
maintain resident status.

[[Authorized Employment (Inconclusive Eligibility)]]
3. This document appears valid and relates to an alien authorized employment as
indicated below...: This is checked to indicate whether the
authorization covers full-time or part-time employment and when, if
applicable, the period of employment will expire. "Indefinite" will be
indicated if there is no specific expiration date for employment
eligibility. Employment authorization by itself does not indicate that
the student is eligible for SFA funds.

[[Application Pending (Inconclusive Eligibility)]]
4. This document appears valid and relates to an alien who has an application pending
for...: This is checked when an alien is waiting for a new immigration
status or a change of immigration status. If a change of status is
pending, the appropriate block indicating the current status will also
be checked elsewhere on the G-845S. A pending application for an
immigration status does not (by itself) indicate that the student is
eligible for SFA funds.

[[Asylum/refugee Status (Eligible)]]
5. This document appears valid and
relates to an alien having been granted asylum/refugee status in the
United States: This is checked when an alien has been granted
asylum or refugee status in the United States because of persecution
or a well-founded fear of persecution in his or her country of
nationality. These statuses are considered temporary. Documentation
presented may include either Form I-94 stamped with "Section
207-Refugee" or "Section 208-Asylee" or a Refugee Travel
Document (Form I-571).

[[Parolee (Eligible)]]
6. This document appears valid and relates to an
alien paroled into the United States pursuant to Section 212 of the
Immigration and Naturalization Act: This is checked for an alien who
has been allowed to enter the United States under emergency
conditions or under the determination that his or her entry is in the
public interest. This status is temporary. Documentation presented
may include Form I-94 stamped with "Section 212(d)(5) - Parolee."

[[Cuban-Haitian Entrant (Eligible)]]
7. This document appears valid and relates to an alien who is a Cuban-Haitian
entrant: This is checked for Cubans who entered the United States illegally
between April 15, 1980 and October 10, 1980 and Haitians who
entered the country illegally before January 1, 1981.

[[Conditional Entrant (Eligible)]]
8. This document appears valid and relates to an alien who is a conditional entrant:
This is checked to indicate a refugee who entered the United States under
the seventh preference category of Public Law 89-236 or adjusted his or her status
to lawful permanent-resident alien under that category.
Documentation presented may include Form I-94 stamped with
"Section 203(a)(7)." This status was defined by Section 203(a)(7) of
the Immigration and Nationality Act but was later abolished by the
Refugee Act of 1980. Those noncitizens who fall into this category
would have entered the United States prior to the enactment of the
Refugee Act of 1980.

[[Alien-Nonimmigrant (Not Eligible)]]
9. This document appears valid and relates to an alien who is a nonimmigrant.
This is checked to indicate an alien who is temporarily in the United States for a
specific purpose. This category includes students, visitors, and foreign
government officials. Documentation presented may include the Form
I-94.

[[Employment not Authorized (Not Eligible)]]
10. This document appears valid and relates to an alien not authorized
employment in the United States: This block is checked when an alien's
status prohibits employment in the United States.

[[Searching Indices (inconclusive Eligibility)]]
11. Continue to process as legal alien. INS is searching indices for further
information. This block is checked if INS is withholding judgment regarding the
status or validity of documentation pending further investigation. This
statement does not imply that the applicant is an illegal alien or the
holder of fraudulent documentation. Benefits should not be denied on
the basis of this statement. The document should be accepted at face
value until INS sends a final notification regarding immigration
status. If the student appears to be an eligible noncitizen based upon
the school's review of the documents, the school may pay the student
any SFA funds for which he or she is eligible. If INS later notifies the
school that the student's documentation is not valid, the school must
cancel further disbursements but is not liable for the payments already
made.

[[Invalid Document (Not Eligible)]]
12. This document is not valid because it appears to be altered or
counterfeit: This is checked when the documentation presented has
expired or when an item appears to be counterfeit or altered.
Notify the student that unless corrective action is taken with INS, the
case will be submitted to the Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Additional communication with INS will allow any unfortunate
mistakes in the status-verifier's review to be corrected. Until this
discrepancy is resolved, no further aid may be disbursed, awarded, or
certified. If the student does not take corrective action in a timely
manner, the case must be reported to the OIG.

The INS will initial and stamp the front of the G-845S in the signature
block.

[[Comments on back of G-845S]]
The comments block on the back of the G-845S is used for further
instructions. The intended meaning of each of the following blocks
that may be checked follows:

13. No determination can be made from the information submitted.
Please obtain a copy of the original alien registration
documentation and resubmit. This is normally checked when the
financial aid administrator has failed to provide copies of any of
the INS documents. It is often accompanied by a listing of
acceptable forms of documentation. The financial aid
administrator should resubmit the G-845S with copies of the
original alien documentation.

14. No determination can be made without seeing both sides of the
document submitted. Resubmit the G-845S with copies of both
sides of each document.

15. Copy of document is not readable. Resubmit the G-845S with
higher quality copies of the original alien documentation.

The comments listed under PRUCOL: "Permanently Residing Under
Color of Law" reflect information about aliens who have applied for
special treatment (for example, by virtue of having life-threatening
medical situations) that may cause INS to refrain from seeking their
expulsion. These blocks will be checked only if a request for
evaluation for PRUCOL is made in Block 8 on the first page of the
G-845S. Comments will rarely be made in this section because the aid
administrator would not have asked for a PRUCOL evaluation when
submitting the G-845S. However, in all cases, INS should check other
responses on the form as well, and these other responses should be
used in the determination of the student's status. Therefore, any INS
response to items 16 and 17 should be considered Inconclusive
Eligibility.

[[Reconciling discrepancies]]
When Secondary Confirmation results in an eligible status, the
G-845S must be maintained in the student's file. If a discrepancy is
discovered as a result of the INS response, the school must notify the
student that he or she must correct the discrepancy with INS and that
no certification of loans or further disbursement of funds can be made
until the discrepancy is corrected. If the discrepancy is not reconciled
with INS, the student must repay all aid except wages earned under
the Federal Work-Study Program. Whenever the student is able to
provide new information, it must be submitted to INS on a new
G-845S form.

As long as the school has followed the procedures outlined here,
including notifying the student of the discrepancy and withholding
further payments and loan certifications as soon as a discrepancy is
found, the school is not liable for aid disbursed prior to Secondary
Confirmation. (This, of course, assumes that the school had no other
conflicting information prior to making the disbursement and had
reviewed the documentation and felt on that basis that the student was
eligible.)

UPDATING CITIZENSHIP STATUS IN LATER AWARD YEARS

There are several cases in which the school must verify a student's
citizenship in a subsequent award year if that student again does not
receive Primary Confirmation through the application process.

[[Updating the Temporary Form I-551]]
A student who presented a Temporary Form I-551 in a prior award
year should have received a permanent I-551 by the next year and,
thus, should not still be holding a temporary card. The school should
refer the student to INS to obtain a permanent I-551 or an updated
endorsement on the previous card. The documents should also be
submitted to INS on a G-845S.

[[Conditional permanent residents, refugees, asylees, Cuban-Haitian
entrants]]
The school must also document the citizenship status each award year,
and obtain Secondary Confirmation if Primary Confirmation has not
produced a match for a conditional permanent resident, a refugee, a
Cuban-Haitian Entrant, or a person granted asylum. Students in any of
these categories may have been adjusted to permanent-resident status
or may have had their statuses revoked.

[[Citizens, nationals, and Pacific Islanders]]
The school does not have to perform Secondary Confirmation to
document a student's citizenship status in subsequent award years if it
has previously documented that the student is a U.S. citizen or
national, is a citizen of the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of
Micronesia or the Marshall Islands, or has a Form I-551 or I-151.

REPLACING LOST INS DOCUMENTS

If a student cannot locate his or her official INS documentation, the
student must request that the documents be replaced because
immigrants are required to have documentation of their statuses in
their possession. Requests for replacement documents should be
made to the INS District Office that issued the original documents.
(See addresses at the end of this appendix.)

The student will be asked to complete a Form I-90, "Application to
Replace Lost Documents." A temporary I-94 may be issued while the
replacement documents are pending.

In cases of the student's undue hardship, in which the student urgently
needs documentation of his or her status, the Freedom of Information
(FOI) Act allows the student to obtain photocopies of the documents
from the INS District Office that issued the original documents. The
student may submit an INS Form G-639 to make this request or may
simply send a letter to the district office. If the student is not sure
which district office issued the original documents, he or she may
submit the request to the FOI office in Washington, D.C. (See
addresses at the end of this appendix.)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

On the following pages, we have included several reference materials
that you may find helpful:

1. A summary chart of the documentation requirements discussed
in this appendix.

2. Examples of the principal types of documentation discussed in
this appendix.

3. A copy of the G-845S. This may be photocopied and used for
submission to INS.

4. A glossary of terms used in processing applications for
noncitizens.

5. A list of INS offices and addresses.

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GLOSSARY

You may encounter several unfamiliar terms in processing
applications from noncitizens. The definitions in this glossary are
informational in nature and should not be used for any other purpose.
They do not represent any formal source or policy of INS. Official
definitions have been shortened or edited whenever possible.

Alien: Any person who is not a citizen or national of the United
States.

Alien File (A-file): The history file containing all data and
documentation pertaining to an individual alien. An A-file is created
or amended when any one of several actions occurs, for example,
applications for permanent resident status or for a Certificate of
Citizenship. Alien Registration Numbers are assigned at the local File
Control Office (FCO) processing the initial action.

Alien Registration Number (A-Number): An eight- or nine-digit
number assigned to an alien at the time the alien file is created.

Alien Status Verification Index (ASVI): A data base designed for the
use of entitlement benefit agencies in verifying alien immigration
status in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of
1986 (IRCA). The data base is commonly known as "SAVE."

Asylee: An alien, already in the United States or at a port of entry,
who is granted asylum in the United States. Asylum can be granted to
those persons who are unable or unwilling to return to their countries
of nationality, or to seek the protection of those countries, because of
persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution. Asylum is covered
by Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952
(I&NA). (See also the definition for refugee.)

Central Index System (CIS): An automated system containing
information on aliens. The CIS, from which SAVE is extracted, is
INS' most complete data base on aliens in the United States.

Certificate of Citizenship: An identity document proving U.S.
citizenship.

Certificate of Naturalization: An identity document proving U.S.
citizenship.

Change to Nonimmigrant Status: The act of changing a
nonimmigrant's classification; for example, from visitor to student.

Citizen: A person born in a country or who has become a naturalized
citizen of that country.

Conditional Entrant: A refugee. (See definition for refugee.)

Conditional Resident Alien: An alien granted a two-year period of
permanent resident status based on a "qualifying" marriage to a U.S.
citizen, national, or permanent resident alien. Children of a U.S.
citizen, national, or permanent resident alien also may have this
status. The conditional status may be removed after two years if INS
rules favorably on granting lawful permanent resident status to the
alien.

Cuban-Haitian Entrant: The status afforded to (a) Cubans who
entered the United States illegally between April 15, 1980 and October
10, 1980, and (b) Haitians who entered the country illegally before
January 1, 1981. This status is covered by Section 502(e) of the
Immigration and Nationality Act.

Document Verification Request (Form G-845S): A form designed to
request Secondary Confirmation of alien status from INS under the
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Documented Alien: An alien who is in the United States and who is
in possession of valid documents.

Family Unity Status: Individuals who have been granted relief from
deportation by INS under the provision of the Family Unity Program
and who are the beneficiaries of an approved "immigrant petition for
relative" or "visa petition for spouse" are eligible noncitizens for
purposes of the Title IV programs.

File Control Office (FCO): An INS field office where alien files are
maintained.

Green Card: A slang term describing the Alien Registration Receipt
Card (Form I-151 or Form I-551). Many versions of these forms are
not green in color.

Illegal Alien: A foreign national (a) who entered the United States
without inspection or with fraudulent documentation or (b) who, after
entering legally as a nonimmigrant, violated status and remained in
the United States without authorization. (See also definition for
undocumented alien.)

Immigrant: An alien who has been lawfully afforded the privilege of
residing permanently in the United States. His or her status allows
authorization for work and entitlement benefits. (See also definitions
for lawful permanent resident alien and permanent resident alien.)

Immigrant Visa: A document issued by a U.S. Consul abroad, which
authorizes an alien to apply for admission as an immigrant to the
United States.

Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (I&NA): Legislation that
defined most immigration statuses now in use and formed the basis for
U.S. immigration law and policies.

Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA): Legislation
that was passed to deter illegal immigration to the United States, using
employer sanctions and status verification, and that allows legalization
of specific groups of aliens.

Immigration Status: The legal status conferred on an alien by
immigration law.

Immigration Status Verifier (ISV): An INS employee or contractor
that performs secondary verification duties at local INS File Control
Offices.

Lawful Permanent Resident Alien: An alien who has been lawfully
afforded the privilege of residing permanently in the United States.
(See also definitions for immigrant and permanent resident alien.)

Legalization: A program whereby an illegal alien could receive
amnesty and adjustment of his or her immigration status to that of a
temporary resident. The alien was required to establish proof of entry
prior to January 1, 1982, and continuous unlawful residence since that
time. This program is covered by section 245(A) (c)(5) of IRCA.

Nationality: The state or country to which a person owes allegiance.
Note that the country of birth does not necessarily correspond to the
nationality.

Naturalization: The conferring of nationality of a state or country
upon a person who has been born under allegiance to another nation.

Nonimmigrant: An alien who seeks temporary entry to the United
States for a specific purpose. This category includes foreign
government officials, visitors for business and pleasure, and students.
Some nonimmigrants have specialized employment privileges (for
example, foreign nationals who are employees of the U.S. office of a
foreign-owned company).

Nonimmigrant Information System (NIS): INS on-line files that store
information on nonimmigrants in the United States, such as foreign
visitors, government personnel, and ship and flight crews.

Parolee: An alien who appears to be inadmissible to the inspecting
officer but who is allowed to enter the United States either under
emergency conditions or under a determination that the alien's entry is
determined to be in the public interest. Although parolees are required
to leave when the conditions supporting their parole cease to exist,
they may sometimes adjust immigration status to asylee. Parolee
status is covered by Section 212 of the I&NA.

Passport: Any travel document issued by competent authority
showing the bearer's origin, identity, and nationality which is valid for
the entry of the bearer into a foreign country.

Permanent Resident Alien: A person who enters the country with an
immigrant visa or adjusts his status after entering as a nonimmigrant,
refugee, or asylee. Persons with this status are entitled to live and
work in the United States and collect entitlement benefits, if qualified.
(See also definitions for immigrant and lawful permanent resident.)

Primary Confirmation: A query to confirm alien documentation using
the ASVI data base.

PRUCOL: A person permanently residing in the United States under
color of law. This is not a status as defined by the I&NA of 1952, and
persons residing under this status are not eligible for SFA funds.

Refugee: Any person who is outside his country of nationality and
who is unable or unwilling to return to that country because of
persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution. Unlike asylees,
refugees apply for and receive this status prior to entry into the United
States. This status is covered by Section 207 (formerly Section
203(a)(7)) of the I&NA. (See also definition for asylee.)

Refugee Conditional Entrant: An alien who entered the United States
or who adjusted his or her status to Lawful Permanent Resident under
the seventh preference category of Public Law 89-236, which was
enacted in 1965. This status was established by Section 203 (a)(7) of
the I&NA, but was abolished by the Refugee Act of 1980 (Public Law
96-212).

Secondary Confirmation: A request to validate alien documentation,
using a Form G-845S, after Primary Confirmation has been attempted.
Secondary Confirmation is performed by the immigration status
verifier, using various automated and manual sources.

Special Agricultural Worker (SAW): This was part of the legalization
program in which an alien who had resided in the United States and
performed agricultural labor for at least 90 person-days during the one
year period prior to May 1, 1986 could apply for temporary lawful
resident alien status. The SAW status was limited to the first 350,000
aliens that applied. Although most successful applicants have now
been converted to permanent resident status, there are a limited
number of pending cases, who may have I-688, I-688a or I-688b
status. See the description in the text for the eligibility of these
statuses.

Student/Schools System (STSC): INS's on-line file that contains
information on foreign students in U.S. academic and vocational
educational institutions.

Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE): An
automated or manual information sharing program whereby
institutions can certify the immigration status of alien applicants for
federal student financial aid. (See also Alien Status Verification
Index.)

Temporary Lawful Resident Alien: An alien granted a one-year
period of lawful resident status based on his or her qualifications under
the legalization or SAW programs. The temporary status may be
removed after one year, when INS rules favorably or unfavorably on
granting permanent resident status to the alien.

Undocumented Alien: An alien in the United States without proper
documentation. He or she is in violation of U.S. immigration law. (See
also definition for illegal alien.)

United States: Defined in a geographic sense as the continental
United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, United States
Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands.

Verification Number: An INS tracking number which is assigned to
each noncitizen application if a match is attempted. It is 13 digits in
length and can be found in the Financial Aid Administrator section of
the SAR, along with the match flags. With one exception, it must be
provided when the G-845S is submitted (see text).

INS FIELD OFFICES DIRECTORY

ALASKA

Anchorage
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
Suite 102
620 East 10th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99513-7581

Phone: 907-271-3110
Fax: 907-271-3112


ARIZONA

Phoenix
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
2035 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Phone: 602-379-3255
Fax: 602-379-4009


CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
300 N. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone: 213-894-6285/6286
Fax: 213-894-4277

San Francisco
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
Appraisers Building
630 Sansome Street, Room 300
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-705-4206/4585/4586
Fax: 415-705-4466

San Diego
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
880 Front Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619-557-6727
Fax: 619-557-6565

Western Service Center
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
24000 Avila Road
P.O. Box 30080
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607

Phone: 714-643-6025
Fax: 714-643-6083


COLORADO

Denver
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
4730 Paris Street
Denver, CO 80239

Phone: 303-371-4415
Fax: 303-361-0617


CONNECTICUT

Hartford
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
450 Main Street
Ribicoff Federal Building
Hartford, CT 06103-3060

Phone: 203-240-3166
Fax: 203-240-3214


FLORIDA

Miami
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
7880 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33138

Phone: 305-536-5703/5704/4896
Fax: 305-350-5708


GEORGIA

Atlanta
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
77 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 404-331-3251
Fax: 404-331-7931


GUAM

Agana
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
Pacific Daily News Building, Suite 801
238 Archbishop Flores Street
Agana, Guam 96910

Phone: 671-472-7256/7393
Fax: 671-472-7491


HAWAII

Honolulu
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
595 Ala Moana Boulevard
P.O. Box 461
Honolulu, HI 96818

Phone: 808-541-1373
Fax: 808-541-3459

ILLINOIS

Chicago
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
10 W. Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: 312-886-0909
Fax: 312-353-7260


INDIANA

Indianapolis
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
950 N. Meridian Street
Gateway Plaza, Room 400
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 313-568-6028/6029/6031
Fax: 313-568-6014


LOUISIANA

New Orleans
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
Postal Service Building
Room T-8005
701 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113

Phone: 504-589-6614/6615
Fax: 504-589-3715


MAINE

Portland
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
739 Warren Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

Phone: 207-780-3443/3266
Fax: 207-780-3481


MARYLAND

Baltimore
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
Equitable Tower 1, 12th Floor
100 South Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: 410-962-2436/2437
Fax: 410-962-9229


MASSACHUSETTS

Boston
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
JFK Federal Building
Government Center
Boston, MA 02203

Phone: 617-565-3046/3048
Fax: 617-565-4066


MICHIGAN

Detroit
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
Federal Building
333 Mt. Elliott Street
Detroit, MI 48207

Phone: 313-568-6029
Fax: 313-568-6004


MINNESOTA

St. Paul
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
2901 Metro Drive
Suite 100
Bloomington, MN 55425

Phone: 612-335-2235/2236
Fax: 612-335-2262


MISSOURI

Kansas City
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
9747 N. Conant Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64153

Phone: 816-891-0640
Fax: 816-891-7006

St. Louis
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
Robert A. Young Federal Building
1222 Spruce Street
Room 1100
St. Louis, MO 63103-2815

Phone: 314-539-2534/2535
Fax: 314-539-2539


MONTANA

Helena
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
Federal Building
Room 512
301 South Park, Drawer 10036
Helena, MT 59629

Phone: 406-449-5034/5428
Fax: 406-449-5082


NEBRASKA

Lincoln
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
Lincoln Service Center
Federal Building, U.S. Courthouse
Room B26
Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: 402-437-5769
Fax: 402-437-5475

Omaha
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
3736 S. 132nd Street
Omaha, NE 68144

Phone: 402-697-9302/9305
Fax: 402-697-9064


NEVADA

Las Vegas
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
300 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Room 104
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Phone: 702-388-6626
Fax: 702-388-6220

Reno
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
1351 Corporate Boulevard
Reno, NV 89502

Phone: 702-784-5186
Fax: 702-784-5899


NEW JERSEY

Newark
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
Federal Building
970 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: 201-645-4537/4538/4539
Fax: 201-645-2304


NEW YORK

Albany
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
U.S. Pos t Office & Courthouse
445 Broadway
Room 220
Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 518-472-2416
Fax: 518-472-4531

Buffalo
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
U.S. Courthouse
68 Court Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone: 716-846-5154
Fax: 716-846-4440

New York
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278

Phone: 212-264-5872
Fax: 212-264-2189


NORTH CAROLINA

Charlotte
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
6 Woodlawn Green, Suite 138
Charlotte, NC 28217

Phone: 704-344-6332
Fax: 704-344-6453


OHIO

Cincinnati
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
8525 J.W. Peck Federal Bldg.
550 Main Street
P.O. Box 537
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone: 513-684-3597
Fax: 513-684-6791

Cleveland
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
1240 E. 9th Street
Room 1917
Cleveland, OH 44199

Phone: 216-522-2268/2612
Fax: 216-522-7039


OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma City
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
4149 Highline Blvd.
Suite 300
Oklahoma City, OK 73108

Phone: 405-231-5943/5944
Fax: 405-231-4428


OREGON

Portland
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
Federal Office Building
511 Northwest Broadway
Portland, OR 97209

Phone: 503-326-7174/7184
Fax: 503-326-3566


PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
1600 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Phone: 215-656-7184/7185
Fax: 215-656-7200

Pittsburgh
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
2130 Federal Building
1000 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Phone: 412-644-4551/4552
Fax: 412-644-6375


PUERTO RICO

San Juan
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
GPO Box 5068
San Juan, PR 00936

Phone: 809-766-5278/5021
Fax: 809-766-5838


RHODE ISLAND

Providence
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
203 Federal Building
U. S. Post Office
Exchange Terrace
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-421-4361


TENNESSEE

Memphis
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
245 Wagner Place
Suite 250
Memphis, TN 38103

Phone: 901-544-3089
Fax: 901-544-4123

TEXAS

Dallas
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
8101 Stemmons Fwy.
Dallas, TX 75247

Phone: 214-655-3073/3080
Fax: 214-655-3015

El Paso
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
700 E. San Antonio
P.O. Box 9398
El Paso, TX 79984

Phone: 915-534-6365/6642/6644
Fax: 915-534-6367

Harlingen
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
2102 Teege Street
Harlingen, TX 78550

Phone: 210-427-8922
Fax: 210-427-7147

Houston
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
509 N. Belt
Houston, TX 77060

Phone: 713-229-2846/2590
Fax: 713-229-2591

San Antonio
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
8940 Fourwinds Dr.
Suite 2020
San Antonio, TX 78239

Phone: 512-871-7037/7038/7039
Fax: 512-871-7078

Service Center
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
P.O. Box 568808
Dallas, TX 75356-8808

Phone: 214-767-7291
Fax: 214-767-7405


UTAH

Salt Lake City
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
5272 S. College Dr.
Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84123

Phone: 801-265-8892


VERMONT

St. Albans
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
Federal Building
P.O. Box 328
St. Albans, VT 05478

Phone: 802-527-3257
Fax: 802-527-3262

Eastern Service Center
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
75 Lower Welden Street
St. Albans, VT 05479-0001

Phone: 802-527-3106
Fax: 802-527-3252


VIRGINIA

Norfolk
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
Norfolk Federal Building
200 Granby Mall, Rm. 439
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 804-441-3103
Fax: 804-441-3533

Washington Processing Center
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
1401 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209

Phone: 703-235-8081
Fax: 703-235-8090


VIRGIN ISLAND

Charlotte Amalie
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
P.O. Box 610
St. Thomas, VI 00801

Phone: 809-774-1390
Fax: 809-774-6491


WASHINGTON

Seattle
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
815 Airport Way South
Seattle, WA 98134

Phone: 206-553-1845/1392

Spokane
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
691 U.S. Courthouse
Spokane, WA 99201

Phone: 509-353-4695/4698
Fax: 509-353-2763


WISCONSIN

Milwaukee
INS: Immigration Status Verifier
Federal Building
Room 186
517 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202


*12* The rules discussed in this chapter regarding documenting
citizenship status also apply to the parent(s) borrowing a Federal
PLUS loan.

*13* The process of documenting citizenship status should not be
confused with the process of verifying financial and household data.
Although verification is required only for students selected by the
CPS, documentation of citizenship status (either on the SAR or on an
INS document) is required for all permanent residents and eligible
noncitizens other than citizens of Palau, the Federated States of
Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands.

*14* Note, however, that the school may not be able to use
Secondary Confirmation to resolve the conflict if the student's status
was confirmed through Primary Confirmation. See page 2-64 of this
appendix.

*15* The term "temporary" as used here refers to the documentary
evidence. It is not intended to imply that the immigration status itself
is temporary.