Employment Resources for Parolees in the United States
Parolees in the United States may seek job opportunities if they are authorized to work. Generally, after an individual files Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and receives an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), they are authorized to work. Ukrainian and Afghan parolees with certain classes of admission are employment authorized incident to their parole and should review guidance on Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for certain Afghan and Ukrainian Parolees for information on the documents they may use as proof of employment authorization. Certain Afghan nationals who file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, and request work authorization, are also issued EADs upon approval.
The federal government has resources to help you look for a job, develop a resume, and prepare for a job interview.
Tips for Finding a Job
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) funds programs to support prospective employees with their job search. These include:
- CareerOneStop provides job seekers with the tools they need to search jobs and find training opportunities;
- American Job Centers offer training, career counseling, job listings, and other employment-related services to support the workforce needs of jobseekers and businesses. Individuals can visit a center in person or find information online;
- O*NET OnLine provides an easy-to-use tool for job seekers to find, search, or browse over 900 occupations; and
- Tips for creating a resume to help promote your skills.
Search for Jobs in Your State
State job banks are a resource where employers can post job opportunities. To search for jobs in your state, click on the state you live in, and you will be directed to job opportunities near you.
Job Finder is another tool that lets you search for thousands of job listings from all over the United States that are updated daily. Enter a keyword for the job you are interested in and where you live to begin your search.
Learn About Several Occupations
The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides a description of the various types of occupations or jobs. Developed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, you can use this online tool to not only learn about different types of jobs, but research the average pay, learn about required training, and learn how to apply for a job.
Be Aware of Job Scams
Federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against you because of your race, color, religion, sex (including discriminating against pregnant women), national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Learn about how federal laws prohibit job discrimination. These sites have important information to ensure your rights are protected:
- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces equal employment opportunity laws and regulations;
- Comply with Federal Employment Laws. DOL provides clear and easy-to-access information for workers, employers, job seekers, and retirees on how to follow federal employment laws;
- The U.S. Department of Justice provides information about immigration-related unfair employment practices; and
- The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) seeks to assure safe and healthy working conditions for all individuals. OSHA sets and enforces standards and provides training, outreach, education, and assistance.
USCIS Resources for Employers
- Certain Afghan and Ukrainian parolees are employment authorized incident to their parole period.
- USCIS also has resources for employers on how to support workplace-based citizenship education and awareness efforts.