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Employment Eligibility Requirements for Asylees, Refugees, and other Populations Served by ORR

April 03, 2014 (1 min read)

"The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) funds and administers resettlement programs for refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, foreign victims of severe forms of human trafficking, Lawful Permanent Residents who have held one of those statuses, Amerasians, and Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrants. In most cases, these special humanitarian populations have the right to work in the United States.  These individuals, and the agencies that serve them, should be aware of employment eligibility requirements in the United States and the actions to take if a work-authorized individual encounters difficulties because of immigration status or national origin when applying for or maintaining employment.  ORR in the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) in the Department of Justice have jointly prepared this State Letter to provide information on employment eligibility requirements with an emphasis on special considerations for asylees and refugees and other populations served by the ORR Refugee Resettlement Program." - ORR, Mar. 26, 2014.