An Act To Encourage the Hiring of Skilled Immigrants through Flexible Certification
Sec. 1. 10 MRSA §8012 is enacted to read:
§ 8012. Flexible certification
By January 1, 2018, each board, commission, office and agency within the department listed in section 8001 or affiliated with the department under section 8001-A shall adopt a process in accordance with this section to facilitate qualified work-authorized immigrants obtaining in an expeditious manner professional licenses granted by those boards, commissions, offices and agencies. For the purposes of this section, "work-authorized immigrant" means an alien who has been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence as well as an alien whose employment is authorized by the United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
This bill requires each board, commission, office and agency under the oversight of or affiliated with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to adopt a process allowing a work-authorized immigrant who possesses a professional license in another state or country to obtain a time-limited license by endorsement or a temporary license while participating in an education program designed to meet the qualifications for professional licensure in this State.