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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 17, 2019 02:46 PM
From: Representative Tarah Toohil and Rep. Danilo Burgos
To: All House members
Subject: Legislation to put Engineers with Foreign Degrees to work more quickly in PA

In communities across Pennsylvania we have legal residents who have engineering degrees from foreign countries. These individuals have moved here to become citizens but their country of origin does not have degree reciprocity with the United States and therefore, it is more difficult to use their talents to advance in the work place. Rather, we have constituents with engineering degrees who are unable to work in their field. Each one of these highly educated individuals is taking an entry level job away from someone who could be starting in the work force. These individuals could be making higher salaries in a family sustaining job that would be more emotionally fulfilling since they would be doing a job they loved using their talents.

The United States allows many work visas which give priority to non-citizens to visit our work force from other countries rather than employing our own citizens with foreign degrees. This legislation amends the procedures act for licensing of a professional engineer in order to remove red tape and speed up the current time lines using statutory examples from Texas, Florida and New Mexico.

Thank you for your consideration.

Introduced as HB1763