Vermont State Immigration Laws
Welcome to FindLaw's coverage of existing Vermont legislation and rules related to individuals' immigration status. Below you will find information on what, if any, rules Vermont 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 Vermont
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.
Refer to federal employment eligibility verification rules and the requirements for Form I-9.
Vermont E-Verify Requirements
No requirement to use E-Verify for checking employees' status.
Driver's License/ID Requirements
Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residence required to obtain a driver's license or state ID.
Public Benefits Restrictions
Low-income immigrants who are ineligible for certain federal benefits are supplemented with state benefits.
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 state-mandated identification requirement for voters.
Housing Ordinances and Immigration
- Know Your Rights - Guide to protecting yourself and your family during immigration raids (PDF, CASA of Maryland and other organizations).
- Immigration to Vermont - Resources for immigrants to Vermont (U.S. Immigration Support).
- Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates - Advocacy group for refugees living in Vermont.
Contact a qualified immigration attorney to help you get the best results possible.