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Why are we holding immigrants back? Occupational licensing laws are most often enacted to create standards that ensure public health and safety. These standards might require additional fees, education, hours in practice, or competency tests. There are nearly two million educated immigrants that are underutilized within the United States. For some of these immigrants, they have already worked to meet licensure requirements in their native country and in many cases they have already been practicing for years. For other immigrants, they may have come to the United States, received an education, and been prevented from obtaining licensure. This research analyzes multiple programs, policies, or organizations that have already made noteworthy adjustments to the licensure recognition process for foreign professionals. While there are still undoubtedly many questions to be answered regarding the recognition of foreign licenses, this research aims to discuss ways that we can reasonably reduce brain waste, overeducation, and the cost that licensed immigrants must pay to be able to practice within the United States.


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