Immigration Agency OSC issues Guidance on Avoiding Discrimination Against Refugees and Asylees

On June 9, 2016, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices provided a flyer with information for employers on avoiding discrimination against refugees and asylees. If you are a refugee or asylee, you should keep the following points in mind while at work:

  • Refugees and asylees are “aliens authorized to work” whose employment authorization does not expire.
  • Refugees and asylees are eligible to receive Social Security cards with no employment restrictions because of their indefinite work authorization status.
  • Employer must be aware that refugees and asylees may have a variety of documents that prove employment authorization, such as a Form I-94 with a refugee admission stamp or a computer generated Form I-94 printout with an admission class of “RE;” among others.
  • Although an employer may need to record a Social Security number for wage reporting purposes, once an employee has completed the Form I-9, the employee may work regardless of whether the employee has been issued a Social Security number.