Refugees and Asylees Have the Right to Work

Recently, our Associate Director of Refugee Services, Mankato, Margo Druschel had the opportunity to collaborate with staff from the Department of Justice to share some great information about refugees’ employment rights in the US. Their article was published on the Greater Mankato Growth Workforce Series Blog, and we encourage you to read the full article there.

Some of the concluding points they shared include:

  • Refugees and Asylees have the right to work from the day they land in the US.
  • It is their immigration status that gives authorization to work indefinitely.
  • They are qualified to receive Social Security cards without employment restrictions.
  • They are on a path to Citizenship, which starts with receiving the I-94 form at their arrival and automatically receiving the EAD Card, which expires after 2 years. At the end of 1 year, they are able to apply for Permanent Residency/Green Card, for which they are automatically eligible–WITHOUT NEEDING EMPLOYER SPONSORSHIP.  After being here for 5 years, they are eligible to apply for Citizenship.

Particularly if you are an employer or HR specialist, we encourage you to read the full article, including some helpful information on employment documents!

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