OSC’s outreach and education program is aimed at helping employers and workers understand the anti-discrimination provision of the INA. OSC’s staff is available to participate in seminars and conferences. To find out if there will be any seminars or conferences in your area, or if you would like to organize your own event featuring an OSC speaker, please contact OSC’s Public Affairs staff at OSCCRT@usdoj.gov or (202) 616-5594. OSC will consider requests to send a staff member from its Washington office to events nationwide for groups of 50 or more attendees.
OSC Guidance with Respect to Asylees and Refugees
Refugee and asylum status may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they may be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. See Section 101(A)(42) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Refugees and asylees are authorized to work indefinitely but may receive temporary employment authorization documents (EADs) from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Refugees and asylees are authorized to work whether or not they have DHS-issued work authorization documents. As with all newly hired employees, refugees and asylees must still complete an I-9 Form and present either one document from List A or a combination of one document from List B and one document from List C.
See OSC's flyer for employers on employment eligibility verification for refugees and asylees here, and OSC's flyer for refugee and asylee workers and their advocates here.
Watch OSC's short video on reverification of the I-9 form for refugees (and asylees) here.
For more information on refugee and asylum status from the USCIS website, click here.
OSC Social Security Number (SSN) No-Match Guidance
Employers sometimes receive notices that an employee’s name and Social Security number (SSN) do not match the records on file with either the Social Security Administration or an outside entity drawing on publicly available Social Security number data. SSN no-matches are not necessarily the result of fraud or identity theft, and employers should not automatically assume that such notices mean that an employee is not authorized to work in the United States. Accordingly, OSC has developed guidance for employers and employees relating to SSN no-match notices.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
TPS is a temporary immigration benefit that allows qualified individuals from designated countries who are in the United States to stay here for a certain time period, due to certain conditions such as on-going armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions in the country. DHS often issues automatic extensions of employment authorization for TPS and DED recipients to allow sufficient time to process applications for EADs.
Click here to learn more about TPS and DED and to view OSC’s guidance for workers and employers.
OSC Publications for Employers
If you are unable to access
any of these materials, please call our office -- voice (1-800-255-7688)
or TTY (1-800-237-2515) -- to request printed versions which will be mailed
OSC Video Explaining Federal Protections Against Immigration-Related Discrimination in the Workplace
Video - RealPlayer | QuickTime
OSC PowerPoint Presentation
|OSC PowerPoint Presentation (English)
||OSC PowerPoint Presentation (Spanish)
*PowerPoint versions of the slides are available upon request by calling OSC at 1-800-255-7688 or via email at email@example.com
Against National Origin Discrimination
The Civil Rights Division has established a National
Origin Working Group to help citizens and immigrants better understand
and exercise their legal rights. If you think you, or somone you
know, has been discriminated against because of national origin
and want to learn more about exercising your legal rights, you should
read this brochure
Worker Hotline: 1-800-255-7688 • Employer