Worker Information

OSC Publications for Workers/Advocates

OSC Guidance with Respect to Asylees and Refugees

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)

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 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


Worker Hotline: 1-800-255-7688 • Employer Hotline: 1-800-255-8155

Updated December 23, 2016