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The following is intended to be a summary of best practices for posting jobs online that comply with the Immigration and Nationality Act.

NRPA Career Center prohibits any posting that requires U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent residence in the U.S. as a condition of employment, unless otherwise required in order to comply with law, regulation, executive order, or government contract and requires that all employers treat equally U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, temporary residents, asylees, and refugees in recruitment or hiring.

Please avoid the following language in job postings:

Only U.S. Citizens
Citizenship requirement*
Only U.S. Citizens or Green Card Holders
H-1Bs Only
Must have a U.S. Passport
Must have a green card

*UNLESS U.S. citizenship is required by law, regulation, executive order, or government contract.

For more information, please go to http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc/htm/best_practices.php

You can also view Look At The Facts. Not At The Faces. Your Guide To Fair Employment which can be found at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc/pdf/publications/ee_factsfaces_english2.pdf

EEOC

It is illegal for an employer to publish a job posting that shows a preference for or discourages someone from applying for a job because of his or her race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. For example, a job posting that seeks "recent college graduates" may discourage people over 40 from applying and may violate the law.

It is also illegal for an employer to recruit new employees in a way that discriminates against them. For example, an employer's reliance on word-of-mouth recruitment by its mostly Hispanic work force may violate the law if the result is that almost all new hires are Hispanic.