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New York State Immigration Laws

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

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 York E-Verify Requirements

No E-Verify requirement.

Driver's License/ID Requirements

Must present a valid Social Security card, proof of birthdate (U.S. passport, immigration documents, military ID or foreign passport with USCIS documentation) and proof of name and identity.

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


Voting ID Rules

No voter identification requirement.

Housing Ordinances and Immigration


Related Resources

  • Know Your Rights - Guide to protecting yourself and your family during immigration raids (PDF, CASA of Maryland and other organizations)
  • New York Immigration Coalition - Information, resources and updates about immigration-related issues in New York
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