Posted Date: July 19, 2016

Author:  Lisa DiCarlo, Director, Student Experience Group, Federal Student Aid

Subject: G-845 to be sent to Los Angeles DHS-USCIS Field Office

In an Electronic Announcement dated June 29, 2015, we notified the community of the revised Document Verification Request G-845 Form (OMB No. 1615-0101, expires 05/31/2018).

We have been notified by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS-USCIS) that the submission of the G-845 Form for students required to undergo additional verification of their eligible non-citizenship status must be submitted to the Los Angeles field office, regardless of the geographic location of the institution submitting the G-845 Form. Effective immediately, institutions must mail these forms and attachments to:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Attn: USCIS SAVE Program Status Verification Office
300 N. Los Angeles Blvd., Room 3204
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The regulations at 34 CFR 668.135 outline the process an institution must take when a noncitizen student is required to undergo additional verification of their eligible non-citizenship status using the G-845 process. That process requires an institution to complete parts 1 and 2 of the G-845 Form, attach copies of the front and back sides of immigration-status documents received from the student, and submit the form and attachments to the DHS-USCIS Los Angeles field office. Additional instructions on how to file a G-845 Form may be found in the 2016-2017 Federal Student Aid Handbook, Volume 1, Chapter 2.

Exception for Battered Immigrant-Qualified Aliens with a Status Under VAWA

Note that if a student with status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) requires third-step verification as a battered immigrant-qualified alien, the G-845 Form and attachments must continue to be sent to the Buffalo field office. Please send VAWA related G-845 Forms and attachments to:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Attn: Immigration Status Verification Unit
10 Fountain Plaza, 3rd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202

More information about VAWA verification may be found in Dear Colleague Letter GEN-10-07.

Contact Information

For questions about specific students' eligibility, contact Rene Tiongquico at 202/377-4270 or by e-mail to Rene.Tiongquico@ed.gov.

For general questions about the G-845 Form, contact Federal Student Aid's Research and Customer Care Center (RCCC) at 800/433-7327. Questions can also be e-mailed to the RCCC at fsa.customer.support@ed.gov. The RCCC staff is available 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. (ET), Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

   

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