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What you should know about immigration laws in Georgia

Sadly, many immigrants face a host of difficulties on their way to becoming full citizens, especially here in Georgia, where laws governing immigration have become stricter in recent years. So, it's incredibly important to be aware of potential issues that are unique to the Peach State.

  • Law enforcement officers can looking into your immigration status if you're stopped for a suspected traffic violation. In addition, anyone who is arrested will be fingerprinted and checked for legal status.
  • You can be subject to prison and fines for providing fake documents for a job.
  • All private employers with 10 or more employees in Georgia must use E-Verify to ensure everyone they hire is legally allowed to work in the United States.
  • Undocumented immigrants are not entitled to benefits such as in-state tuition or food stamps, but can use health care and emergency services - anything deemed "necessary to protect life and safety."
  • Georgia's Voter ID laws are some of the strictest in the U.S. - you must show a photo ID to be allowed to vote.

Navigating the complexities of residency and citizenship required by the Immigration and Naturalization Service can be complicated. An immigration attorney can sit down with you and may be able to help you on the path to citizenship.

Source: findlaw.com, "Georgia State Immigration Laws," retrieved May 11, 2015

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