Iowa State Immigration Laws
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."
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
- Know Your Rights - Guide to protecting yourself and your family during immigration raids (PDF, CASA of Maryland and other organizations)
- Iowa Immigration Education Coalition - Organization providing extensive resources for immigrants in Iowa
Contact a qualified immigration attorney to help you get the best results possible.