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Senate Bill 35 for Reciprocal Professional Licensing Amendments

Senate Bill 35 (S.B. 35) is a new law in Utah that allows for reciprocal professional licensing for immigrants. The bill was signed into law by Governor Spencer Cox on March 14, 2023, and will take effect on May 3, 2023. It aims to address the issue of employment barriers faced by immigrants with professional licenses who move to Utah.


Under S.B. 35, immigrants who hold professional licenses from another state or country can apply for a Utah license and have their qualifications recognized if they meet certain requirements. These requirements include having a valid license in good standing from their previous jurisdiction, meeting Utah's educational and training standards, and passing an English proficiency exam if necessary.

It is important to note that S.B. 35 does not provide immigration status to applicants. It is a state law that aims to streamline the process for professionals who are already authorized to work in one state to obtain professional licenses in Utah. It does not provide any path to legal immigration or change an individual's immigration status. However, it can provide an opportunity for immigrants with professional licenses to obtain employment more easily in their field and contribute to the local economy.


The passage of S.B. 35 is a positive step towards creating a more inclusive and welcoming environment for immigrants in Utah. It recognizes the valuable skills and contributions that immigrants bring to the state and allows them to participate in the workforce more fully. It also helps to address the issue of brain waste, where highly skilled immigrants are unable to use their skills and training due to barriers in obtaining professional licenses.


In conclusion, S.B. 35 in Utah is a new law that allows for reciprocal professional licensing for immigrants. While it does not provide immigration status, it can help to remove employment barriers for immigrants with professional licenses and allow them to contribute to the local economy more easily. If you are an immigrant with a professional license, it is advisable to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to understand your options and rights under this new law.


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