Eligibility for SAVES

Refugee and Asylee
All nationalities.
Parolee and Entrant
Restricted to Cubans and Haitians.
Victims of Human Trafficking
Only with a certified letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ORR Certification Letter-Trafficking Victim)

Documents Required (Only one is needed to prove eligibility.)

  1. I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) and/or passport with one of these stamped on it:
  • Asylum-Any nationality
  • Refugee-Any nationality (RE5 only applies to Haitians
  • Parole- Only for Cubans/Haitians
  • Cuban/Haitian Entrant
  • Cuban/Haitian Public Interest
  • Cuban/Haitian Pending Removal Hearing
  1. I-551 Resident Alien/Permanent Resident Card.
  2. I-776 Employment Authorization Documentation (EAD).
  3. USCIS Asylum Letter.
  4. Order of Immigration Judge.
  5. I-571 Refugee Travel Document (Used by Refugee and Asylee).
  6. I-327 Reentry Permit.
  7. Cuban Lottery Parolee Applies to Cuban Entrants.
  8. I-797C USCIS Notice of Action. Receipt of Asylum Application.
  9. I-862 Notice to Appear.
  10. I-220A Order of Release on Recognizance.
  11. I-794A USCIS Notice of Approval (Applies to Refugee/Asylee Relative).
  12. Vietnamese Passport Amerasian Documentation
  13. ORR Certification letter-Trafficking Victim.
  14. Family Member Eligibility-Trafficking Victim.
  15. Special Immigrants of Iraqi or Afghan Nationality


Benefits for SAVES Eligible Students
  1. The English Language Instruction program (ELI) through Miami-Dade County Public Schools: a six level program that teaches students how to listen, read, speak and write in English. SAVES will cover the cost of all the books and dictionaries necessary for the eligible student (approximately $400).
  2. All unemployed SAVES students will be referred to a Refugee Training Employment Program Service Provider. These agencies help students find employment.
  3. SAVES will cover the cost of block tuition ($30.00 or $120.00) for English, Citizenship, Adult Basic Education and General Education preparatory classes.
  4. SAVES will pay for up to one year/three trimesters, including books and supplies, of any of the over 80 vocational programs offered through Miami Dade County Public Schools (approximately $4400).
  5. Monthly bus passes are provided to SAVES students who meet the qualifying criteria at most SAVES school sites. Each bus pass is $100 (approximately $1000 per year).
  6. Child care is available for parents who request the service while they are enrolled in classes.
  7. SAVES will pay for the translation/validation of the University degree of students who meet the qualifying criteria.
  8. SAVES is offered at 16 different school sites throughout Miami-Dade County. Classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, evening, and on weekends.

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