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."
Voting ID Rules
No voter identification requirement.
Housing Ordinances and Immigration