DACA recipients able to obtain state professional licenses
SB 419 was passed during the Wednesday, March 14 legislative session and now heads to Governor Eric Holcomb’s desk to be signed.
The bill lifts prohibition on DACA recipients from obtaining state professional licenses.
While those with DACA status have been allowed to work and study under provisions of the program, recent changes adopted by Indiana’s Professional Licensing Agency barred DACA recipients from obtaining licenses for dozens of occupations including nursing.
The Governor previously commented on the bill:
“Ultimately, Congress needs to clarify federal immigration law regarding DACA. But, until they act, Indiana state law should allow DACA recipients to skill up and work here in Indiana. While Indiana’s Professional Licensing Agency acted appropriately and in line with what our current laws require, I am encouraged to see there is legislative intent to fix this.”
The bill is now heading to the Governor’s desk for his signature to put it into law.