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Refugees and Asylees Have the Right to Work – Information for Employers

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) prohibits employers from discriminating against U.S. citizens and other work-authorized individuals based on their citizenship status or national origin. The Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division enforces this law, found at 8 U.S.C. § 1324b, and its regulations, found at 28 C.F.R. Part 44. This flyer is intended to help employers understand issues that may come up during hiring and while completing the employment eligibility verification process (Form I-9 and E-Verify) for a refugee or asylee.