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New Jersey State Immigration Laws

Welcome to FindLaw's coverage of existing New Jersey legislation and rules related to individuals' immigration status. Below you will find information on what, if any, rules New Jersey 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 New Jersey

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.

New Jersey E-Verify Requirements

No E-Verify requirement.

Driver's License/ID Requirements

Must present a valid Social Security number, proof of address and proof of either U.S. citizenship or legal residence.

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

No voter identification requirement.

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 Court - Home page of the federal immigration court in Newark, New Jersey
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