Senate Bill 80S “codifies the current practice in Delaware of not requiring proof of citizenship or a specific immigration status on an application for a professional license. By affirmatively providing eligibility for professional licenses regardless of immigration status, this Act brings Delaware into compliance with a federal requirement in place since August 22, 1996, under 8 U.S.C.S. § 1621(d).
This bill also codifies the current practice of allowing an applicant for a professional license who does not have a social security number to submit instead an attestation stating that if the applicant obtains a social security number in the future, the applicant will update their application with that social security number.
The Senate passed the bill unanimously last week, 20-0-1, with only Senator Dave Lawson (R) being absent.
Bill Sponsor Senator Sarah McBride: “From nursing and teaching to engineering and the law, professional licensure is necessary to work. Today, the Delaware Senate passed my bipartisan bill, SB 80, to allow qualified undocumented workers the ability to legally secure professional licenses and put their skills to work for our state.”
|SENATE BILL 80S – NOT REQUIRING PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP OR IMMIGRATION STATUS FOR PROFESSIONAL LICENSES||Currrent Status – Senate Passed 20-0-1. House Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability) 5/5/23|
|House Sponsors – Griffith, Baumbach, Heffernan, Johnson, Minor-Brown, Morrison, Romer, Wilson-Anton // Briggs King||Senate Sponsors – McBride, Brown, Gay, Hansen, Hoffner, Huxtable, Lockman, Mantzavinos, Paradee, Pinkney, Poore, Sokola, Sturgeon, Townsend, Walsh // Buckson, Hocker, Lawson, Pettyjohn, Richardson, Wilson|
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