Connecticut State Immigration Laws

Welcome to FindLaw's coverage of existing Connecticut legislation and rules related to individuals' immigration status. Below you will find information on what, if any, rules Connecticut has regarding immigration checks by law enforcement, educational institutions, and employers, as well as the existence of E-Verify requirements, restrictions on public benefits based on an individual's immigration status, and more.

Law Enforcement and Immigration in Connecticut

Under a federal program called "Secure Communities," all arrestees are fingerprinted and run through a federal database which checks their criminal record and immigration status

Employment & Immigration

Refer to federal employment eligibility verification rules and the requirements for Form I-9.

Connecticut E-Verify Requirements

No requirement to use E-Verify for checking employees' status.

Driver's License/ID Requirements

Must show proof of citizenship or legal residence, plus a valid Social Security number.

Public Benefits Restrictions

Under federal law, illegal immigrants are prohibited from receiving most public benefits. However, they are allowed to receive emergency services, health care and other programs that have been deemed "necessary to protect life and safety."

Education Checks

N/A

Voting ID Rules

Voters must present either a Social Security card or any other preprinted form of ID that shows the voter's name and either an address, signature or photograph.

Housing Ordinances and Immigration

N/A

Related Resources

  • Know Your Rights - Guide to protecting yourself and your family during immigration raids (PDF, CASA of Maryland and other organizations)
  • Immigration to Connecticut - Resources for immigrants in Connecticut (U.S. Immigration Support)

Next Steps

Contact a qualified immigration attorney to help you get the best results possible.