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Immigration, Form I-9 and Work Visas: California

Immigration, Form I-9 and Work Visas requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Melissa A. Silver, XpertHR Legal Editor


  • The state of California and any California cities or counties are prohibited from requiring employers to use E-Verify as a condition of a government contract or preserving a business license. See Employment Verification.
  • California employers are prohibited from engaging in, or directing another person or entity to engage in, unfair immigration-related practices against any person for a retaliatory purpose for exercising any right protected under California's Labor Code or by any local ordinance applicable to employees. See Unfair Immigration-Related Practices.
  • An employer's business license may be suspended or revoked if it threatens to report an employee's or the employee's family member's suspected citizenship or immigration status in retaliation of the employee engaging in protected conduct. See Business Licenses.