Iowa State Immigration Laws

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

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.

Iowa 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.

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

Voters must present proof of identity and residence (driver's license, student ID, utility bill, bank statement, etc.).

Housing Ordinances and Immigration


Related Resources

Next Steps

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