Kentucky State Immigration Laws
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Welcome to FindLaw's coverage of existing Kentucky legislation and rules related to individuals' immigration status. Below you will find information on what, if any, rules Kentucky 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 Kentucky
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.
Kentucky E-Verify Requirements
No requirement to use E-Verify for checking employees' status.
Driver's License/ID Requirements
Must show birth certificate and Social Security card to authenticate age and identity. Must prove Kentucky residency (utility bill, rental agreement, etc.)
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
Election officers required to verify identity of voters either by personal acquaintance or by documentation (driver's license, Social Security card or credit card).
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 Kentucky - Information and resources for immigrants in Kentucky (U.S. Immigration Support)
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