Verification of Eligibility for Public Benefit Technical College System of Georgia Office of Adult Education FY2013 Georgia Law O.C.G.A. § 50-36-1 Agencies of the State providing or administering a public benefit (adult education) must require every applicant ages 18 and over to: Provide one secure and verifiable document Execute a signed and sworn affidavit VOEPB Affidavit Name Age Status Secure and Verifiable Document type City Signature and Printed Name of Applicant Notarization Secure and Verifiable Document Approved by the Georgia Attorney General: U.S. Passport State-issued Driver’s License or ID U.S. Permanent Resident card or Alien Reg. Receipt card Foreign Passport U.S. Birth Certificate Many more Local Program Responsibilities Print the Verification of Eligibility for Public Benefit Affidavit and the list of secure and verifiable documents in duplex format (front/back) Distribute the affidavit to all students ages 18 and over at the time of intake Provide a notary public, if able Collect a copy of the secure and verifiable document Student Responsibilities Provide a secure and verifiable document to the local program Complete the affidavit and select a category United States citizen Legal permanent resident of the United States Qualified alien or non-immigrant Present the affidavit to a notary public and follow his/her instructions Local Processing of Affidavits Collect the notarized affidavits Review and identify affidavits with qualified alien or non-immigrant selected Record information in GALIS Maintain the affidavits in the students’ permanent records Qualified Alien status: Student Must submit supporting documentation Examples include, but are not limited to: Foreign passport with I-94 or I-94A Temporary Resident Alien Card (I-688) Employment Authorization Card (I-76, I688A or I-688B) Refugee Travel Document (I-571) Qualified Alien status: Local Program Copies of the affidavit and supporting documentation must be submitted to OAE within 20 business days of receipt Affidavits and supporting documentation may be submitted hard copy or electronically Qualified Alien status: OAE Receives documents Reviews the affidavit and supporting documentation Submits the information to the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program Refusal of Services and Appeal If a student is unable to be verified: Student and program are notified Services must end Student may appeal to OAE In writing Within 10 business days With additional supporting documentation Keep in Mind Detailed directions for the VOEPB are available with this presentation Applicants complete the affidavit only ONE time Qualified Alien applicants who provide supporting documentation are eligible to receive the benefit while in process Affidavits completed in 2010 and 2011 can be used to satisfy the affidavit requirement Referral Process Work with local community organizations Develop a referral process Distribute contact information for other providers Thank You Thank you for your time and your attention. Please direct questions about the VOEPB to your supervisor, program administrator, or designated state staff contact.