Despite Oregon's numerous tuition equity laws, immigrants in our state still face barriers to professional licensing for careers ranging from teaching and healthcare services to barbers and cosmetology. People who grew up in Oregon, invested in Oregon, and chose to pursue an education in Oregon should be allowed a fair chance to work in Oregon.
SB 854 is crucial for ensuring that all graduates from Oregon's educational programs -- regardless of immigration status -- are treated fairly by removing barriers to licensing. This bill will promote fair treatment by directing professional licensing boards to accept an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number or other federally-issued identification number in lieu of a Social Security Number on applications for occupational licensing. This will make Oregon stronger because capable, educated, and willing people will be given more access to meaningful opportunies to participate and contribute to society.