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Nebraska State Immigration Laws

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

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 Checks

Refer to federal employment eligibility verification rules and the requirements for Form I-9.

Nebraska E-Verify Requirements

State and local governments and contractors are required to use E-Verify.

Driver's License/ID Requirements

Applicants for Nebraska driver's licenses or state IDs must declare their U.S. citizenship or legal residence and provide proof thereof.

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

No state-mandated voter ID requirement.

Housing Ordinances and Immigration

An ordinance in the city of Fremont makes it a crime to hire or rent housing to undocumented immigrants.

Other Immigration Rules

Former employees who were deported due to their immigration status may not claim state tax credits, exemptions or refunds.

Related Resources

  • Legislative Bill 48 - State legislation to authorize state and local police enforcement of federal immigration laws (PDF).
  • Know Your Rights - Guide to protecting yourself and your family during immigration raids (PDF, CASA of Maryland and other organizations).

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