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OSC Publications for Workers/Advocates

If you are unable to access any of these materials, please call -- voice (1-800-255-7688) or TTY (1-800-237-2515) -- to request printed versions which will be mailed to you.

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.

See a joint letter released by OSC and the Office of Refugee Resettlement within the Department of Health and Human Services on employment eligibility verification issues impacting 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:

Name and Social Security Number (SSN) "No-Match" Information for Employees (also in Spanish)

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 Posters

OSC Posters are now available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese.


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)
OSC PowerPoint Slide OSC Spanish PowePoint

*PowerPoint versions of the slides are available upon request by calling OSC at 1-800-255-7688 or via email at

Federal Protection 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 Hotline: 1-800-255-8155

General Information Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-related Unfair Employment Practices
(currently vacant)
Special Counsel
Alberto Ruisanchez
Deputy Special Counsel
Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
OSC, NYA 9000
Washington, D.C. 20530
(202) 616-5594
Worker Hotline: 1-800-255-7688
Employer Hotline: 1-800-255-8155
Teletypewriter (TTY) (202) 616-5525 & 1-800-237-2515
Fax: (202) 616-5509
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