Georgia Law Requiring Proof of Legal Residency Creates Licensing Backlog

Georgia Law Requiring Proof of Legal Residency Creates Licensing Backlog

"For nurses, hair stylists, kickboxing instructors and even geologists, Georgia’s desire to clamp down on illegal immigration is having an unintended side effect.  Things are so jammed at the secretary of state’s office that renewing a state license for some of the 200 professions that require one is taking weeks instead of days.  For some brand-new nurses, the wait for a license can stretch into three months.  The reason is a new law that went into effect at the beginning of the year. It requires people seeking professional licenses to prove they are in the United States legally.  That means people who used to renew online must now find and send in what the state deems a secure and verifiable document: a copy of a driver’s license, a passport, a green card or other government-issued ID." - NYT, Oct. 9, 2012.