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This section identifies the United States government agencies and departments that the exchange visitors may interact with throughout their BridgeUSA J-1 EVP program.
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The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is an agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It administers the US’ naturalization and immigration system, oversees lawful immigration to the United States, and more.
The USCIS provides certain immigration benefits to immigrants and nonimmigrants in the US. With regard to exchange visitors, the USCIS provides them with temporary work authorization.

Examples of other USCIS duties include conducting manual reviews of requests from E-Verify and SAVE (web-based systems managed by USCIS) and ensuring employment eligibility to new hires.

E-Verify allows enrolled employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of newly hires by electronically matching information provided by employees on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, against records available to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security.

SAVE allows government agencies to access an applicant’s immigration or citizenship status. For example, when applying for a Social Security Card, the Social Security Administration (SSA) would verify the exchange visitor’s immigration status using SAVE. To access the exchange visitor’s record, the agency would require their biographic information (see passport), alien number (see Form I-94), and SEVIS ID (see Form DS-2019)