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An understanding of Florida's immigration laws

The state of Florida has various immigration laws that affect the daily lives of hundreds of thousands of people. These laws vary by level in the state and even differ from some federal laws.

Federal law requires employers to check the authorization status of prospective employees as it pertains to them working in the United States. These requirements can be found on Form I-9.

People applying for a driver's license in the state of Florida must submit multiple documents to verify who they are. These documents include proof of residence, proof of citizenship in the country, proof of identity, Social Security number or proof of lawful residency in the country.

Immigration laws in the state of Florida prevent the children of undocumented aliens from paying in-state tuition rates when attending state schools. This means that the children of undocumented aliens will need to pay the out-of-state rate for tuition if they wish to attend a state school in Florida.

Illegal immigrants, under federal law, are prohibited from receiving public benefits. They are allowed to seek out health care and emergency services that have been deemed "necessary to protect life and safety."

All people wishing to vote in the state of Florida, for any election, are required to present a form of photo identification with their signature on it. The identification must be shown to the proper official at the polling place in order to have it verified prior to placing a vote. Any person who wants to vote, but cannot produce a valid photo ID can submit a provisional ballot. This allows the authorities to research the voter to determine if he or she had the legal authority to vote and did not cast multiple ballots.

Government contractors and government employers in Florida are required to use E-Verify to verify the legal work status of current and prospective employees.

An experienced immigration law attorney in Tampa Bay, Florida, can help you understand the laws of the state.

Source: Findlaw, "Florida State Immigration Laws," accessed Jan. 12, 2017

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