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Oregon State Immigration Laws

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

State and local police officers are prohibited from actively enforcing federal immigration laws.

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.

Oregon E-Verify Requirements

No requirement to use E-Verify to check employees' status.

Driver's License/ID Requirements

Oregon Dept. of Motor Vehicles verifies applicants' legal residence status using the Systematic Alien Verfication for Entitlements (SAVE) program operated by the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS).

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 identification requirement.

Housing Ordinances and Immigration


Related Resources

  • CAUSA Oregon - Oregon immigrant rights coalition.
  • Know Your Rights - Guide to protecting yourself and your family during immigration raids (PDF, CASA of Maryland and other organizations).

Next Steps

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

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